Lost Treasures of R&B
Nelson George

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Narrated By: Nicole Small

Duration: 5 hours and 23 minutes

What to expect

Professional 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's from the streets, Ice, turns out to be the courier.

During the exchange a robbery is attempted, and Ice is wounded. D gets Asya Roc to safety but, now in possession of the illicit merchandise, finds himself being chased by two gunmen. When D and his pursuers run into a corrupt detective, 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.

Genre

Crime and mystery fiction, Fiction: general and literary, Crime and mystery fiction, Crime and mystery fiction

Listen to a sample

“Nelson George’s smooth security guard turned detective, a.k.a. D, scours a demimonde as glamorous as Chandler’s Los Angeles…D Hunter is destined to become a classic.”

Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author

“A fine mystery, and D Hunter is as world weary, yet steadfast, as Philip Marlowe, Spenser, Dave Robicheaux, or Easy Rawlins.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“George’s lively third D Hunter mystery takes bodyguard and musical-history authority D back to Brooklyn, where he grew up, after his Manhattan security company fails…George covers a lot of ground with style: the rhythm-and-blues music scene past and present, the sometimes startling evolution of Brooklyn and its environs, and the multitude of hangers-on, wannabes, and grifters who want a piece of the action.”