#WorththeRead: New Releases for February

Ritual2017 is nearing a close, and it seems as if the world is about to end. Dogs are howling in the streets, birds are dropping from the sky, and all of a sudden the power goes out. Everywhere. In everything. Except for a few people, who seem to have prepared for this. And who clearly have an agenda all their own.

Neil Anapa is an NYC subway electrician. When someone blows up an army base, and the city’s power goes out, he finds himself dragged into a world of conspiracy and danger. Sandra Keane, his ex-girlfriend, seems to know something about what’s going on, judging from her strange phone messages, but she has problems of her own. And then there’s Lindsay Fonacia, a researcher who has just landed an intriguing new project—one that might yield age-old answers to the very calamities they’re facing, and to the plot Neil has become wrapped up in.

Can they figure out what’s going on and save the world—and themselves—from an ancient ritual and the people who seem determined to carry it out at any cost?

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LostTreasuresofR&B-currentProfessional bodyguard D Hunter takes a gig protecting rapper Asya Roc at an underground fight club in poverty-stricken Brownsville, Brooklyn. Unknown to D, the rapper has arranged to purchase illegal guns at the event. An acquaintance of D from the streets (and from the novelThe Plot Against Hip Hop) named Ice turns out to be the courier.

During the exchange a robbery is attempted. Ice is wounded. D gets Asya Roc to safety but is then chased by two gunmen because he has the bag containing the guns. This lethal chase ends under the elevated subway where D and the two gunmen run into a corrupt detective named Rivera. A bloody shootout ensues.

D, who has just moved back to Brooklyn after decades in Manhattan, finds himself involved in multiple mysteries. Who were the gunmen? Why were they after the guns? Who was being set up—Asya Roc or Ice? Meanwhile, he gets a much-needed paying assignment to track down the rarest soul music single ever recorded.

With gentrifying Brooklyn as the backdrop, D works to unravel various mysteries—both criminal and musical—while coming to terms with the failure of his security company and the ghosts of his childhood in “old Brooklyn.” Like its predecessors The Accidental Hunter and The Plot Against Hip Hop, The Lost Treasures of R&B uses pop music as the backdrop for a noir-flavored big-city tale.

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