Hunting in Harlem
By Mat Johnson
(Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781582344089, 288pp.)
Publication Date: June 1, 2004
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Horizon Realty is bringing Harlem back to its Renaissance. With the help of Cedric, Bobby, and Horus-three ex-cons trying to forge a new life-Horizon clears out the rubble and the rabble, filling once-dilapidated brownstones with black professionals handpicked for their shared vision of Harlem as a shining icon for the race. And fate seems to be working in Horizon's favor: Harlem's undesirable tenants seem increasingly clumsy of late, meeting early deaths by accident. As an ambitious reporter, Piper Goines, begins to investigate the neighborhood's extraordinarily high accident rate, Horizon's three employees find themselves fighting for their souls and their very lives-against a backdrop of some of the most beautiful brownstones in all of Manhattan.
Mat Johnson is the author of the novel Drop. He received his M.F.A. from Columbia. He spent several years living in Harlem and now lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with his wife and daughter.
"The author's satirical instincts are razor sharp." -New York Observer
"Johnson is eloquent in his prose and insightful in his commentary on contemporary urbanization and gentrification." -New York Daily News
"This great thriller makes you consider what it takes to build a community." -Honey magazine
"Mat Johnson's breathless thriller cuts to the heart of gentrification. Implausibly humorous, righteously terrifying, Johnson has written a cautionary tale for our time." -Walter Mosley
"[Johnson's] satirical, loving, conflicted fiction consistently makes burgers of sacred cows."-Philadelphia City Paper