The Ivory Coast

A Novel

Charles Fleming

Picador

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It is 1955 in Las Vegas, and the Chicago mob man Mo Weiner is bankrolling ex-boxer Worthless Worthington Lee and the city's first all-black hotel-casino. The Ivory Coast is rising up from the dust, on the wrong side of town. And out of the shadows steps Deacon, a white horn player with a dark past and a genius for jazz. Mo mistakes him for a hitman. Worthless takes him for a friend. Anita, the mixed-race beauty he falls for, wants him for herself. And Haney, the corrupt and racist cop who runs this hot desert oasis of sin and sand, wants him rubbed out.

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Praise for The Ivory Coast

"What a great first novel! Charles Fleming has captured all the glitzy glamour of Las Vegas in the 1950s and brought it absolutely to life. The Ivory Coast is a terrific story from a talented storyteller." --Dominick Dunne

"Impressive...Amid all the hard-boiled James Ellroy-inspired drama what emerges here is a surprisingly sensitive story about the historic daringness and personal sacrifices that made integration possible. Yet Fleming never loses sight of the neon-lit sleaze of Las Vegas, making this sure-bet thriller as satisfyingly sordid as it is socially responsible." --Los Angeles Times

"Palpable...A kind of tenderness hovering behind the main players draws you in." --Houston Chronicle

"A promising fiction debut." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"This thoroughly engaging tale adroitly mixes an intriguing story with the history of the early days of the famed desert city." --The Poisoned Pen

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About the Author

Charles Fleming

Charles Fleming is a veteran entertainment industry reporter and the author of After Havana (Minotaur, January 2004), as well as The New York Times bestselling The Goomba's Guide to Life and High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess.

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The Ivory Coast
A Novel
Charles Fleming

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
January 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312422141
ISBN10: 0312422148
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$19.00

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
January 2004
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429973892
ISBN10: 1429973897
416 pages
$7.99
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