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Prudence Couldn't Swim (Switchblade) (Paperback)
Set in Oakland, California, white ex-convict Cal Winter returns home one day to find his gorgeous, young, black wife, Prudence, drowned in the swimming pool. Prudence couldn’t swim, and Cal concludes she didn’t go in the water willingly. Though theirs was a marriage of convenience, he takes the murder personally. Along with his former prison inmate, Red Eye, Cal sets out to find out who did Prudence in. His convoluted and often darkly humorous journey takes him deep into the world of the sexual urges of the rich and powerful and gradually reveals the many layers of his wife's complex identity. While doing so, Cal and Red Eye must confront their own racially charged pasts that still haunt them if the killer is to be caught.
About the Author
James Kilgore was a political activist in the 1960s. He fled the country in 1975 to escape a federal explosives charge, but was arrested 27 years later in Cape Town, South Africa, and served six and a half years in California prisons. During his sentence, he wrote three books, including We Are All Zimbabweans Now and Freedom Never Rests. He is currently a research scholar at the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois-Champaign. He lives in Champaign, Illinois.
"James Kilgore is a masterful writer, and as a U.S. activist who has lived in Africa most of his adult life, Kilgore is able to connect us to politics and culture as no other writer. This character-driven mystery promises to find a devoted following." —Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War
"[Kilgore's] wit, swift pacing, and dead-on characterization are skillfully woven into an unflinching vision for radical change and social justice." —Frank B. Wilderson III, author, Incognegro