Charcoal Joe is the 14th installment in the hard-boiled African American private detective Ezekiel “Easy” Rolins book series. The action is set in LA in the late 60s, a time of racial tension. Easy has set up a new detective agency and is about to propose to his girlfriend when he is hired through a friend by Rufus Tyler, an old gangster who goes by the name of Charcoal Joe and wants Easy to prove the innocence of his nephew Seymour, a bright physics post-doc who has been arrested and charged with murder. This could have been an entertaining read were it not marred by a number of short but rather sexually explicit passages that make the book qualify as soft porn.
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Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
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Author: Robert Montclus, United States, 2019