GRAFFITI CREEK

by Matt Coleman

Verdict: In a good cop versus bad cop suspense, author Matt Coleman interweaves the missing persons cases of two civilians who work to expose the shady politics and shine a camera light on police corruption.

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3.5

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In a southern city where blood is splattered from antisocial acts of police brutality and lost in the graffiti, a wall of hope stands. It’s emblazoned in the layered collage of colorful paint sprayed with the names of victims whose horrific deaths are mysteries screaming to be solved. It’s the writing on the wall that demands to be heard but is consigned to oblivion given a lack of political fortitude in a city where corruption is commonplace. As author Matt Coleman puts it, “The world forgets. Graffiti Creek always remembers.”

In a suspense thriller with the same name, attempts at exploitation of police corruption in the artistic beauty of a documentary are intercepted when dirty cops target the lives of the people involved, one of whom is Seamus “Fitzy” Fitzgerald, a gay journalist whose husband Sameer, a Freddy Mercury-looking man from Pakistan, desperately seeks clues regarding his disappearance around Dollar Hill, a gathering spot attracting the likes of lawyers, politicians and cops – broken men in cheap suits who live to perpetuate the cycle of badness – and a shoddy café where these rich, animosity-eyed big shots congregate. After a helpful tip from an unassuming waitress, Sameer learns his husband was last seen at the café chatting with a state senator and a federal court judge and followed out by a couple of detectives.

Meanwhile, a 20-something lesbian couple, Johnna and her girlfriend, protagonist Cary Trubody, drive away from a party where Cary had won $3,000 in a lucky poker game, when they get pulled over by two police detectives for running a red light. When Cary is taken away, Johnna dies a painful and humiliating death while police attempt to kill Cary by bounding her in a car with toxic fumes and make it look like a suicide. Applying her brother’s survivalist skills, Cary pulls a Houdini and escapes from the venomous vehicle and makes a run for it.

While spending the next 24 hours running from crooked cops, she finds a fast friend in Marlowe, a scheming African-American whose brother Do Right is also missing. The two hit it off, and with the help of his street smarts and his good-cop sister, Shelley, the two hatch an escape plan to outsmart the bad cops in search of the good with ninja warrior-type defenses in a dangerous, poverty-stricken neighborhood. With aid from good detective Bright Hudson, the gang plots to frame the bad cops – an epic police chase which ends at a movie house where shouting fire in a crowded theater is the exact call to action.

In a good cop versus bad cop suspense, author Matt Coleman interweaves the missing persons cases of two civilians who work to expose the shady politics and shine a camera light on police corruption.

~ Lianna Albrizio for IndieReader

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