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Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Story | [Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes]

Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Story

In this hot and steamy mystery, Tennyson is an actor struggling to hang on to his career and redeem his sex-for-pay history, which estranged him from his family, especially his father, a decorated LAPD captain who raised Tennyson to call him "Sir". Now, in the wake of his father's sudden stroke, Tennyson has to save himself from taking the fall for a murder. In the process, he discovers his hidden talents - the hard way.
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Publisher's Summary

Casanegra follows the adventures of Tennyson Hardwick, a gorgeous, sexy former actor and gigolo living on the fringes of the good life in Hollywood. This story combines the glamour of Hollywood with the seedy hopelessness of the inner city.

In this hot and steamy mystery, Tennyson is an actor struggling to hang on to his career and redeem his sex-for-pay history, which estranged him from his family, especially his father, a decorated LAPD captain who raised Tennyson to call him "Sir". Now, in the wake of his father's sudden stroke, Tennyson has to save himself from taking the fall for a murder. In the process, he discovers his hidden talents - the hard way.

Blair Underwood, a Golden Globe-nominated actor and the author of Before I Got Here, joins best-selling novelists Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes to create a cool, irresistible character in Tennyson Hardwick. And this gritty, provocative mystery will keep readers craving more.

©2007 Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Actor Underwood...teams up with accomplished authors Due and Barnes to produce a seamlessly entertaining novel." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kathryn Albany, OH, USA 08-18-07
    Kathryn Albany, OH, USA 08-18-07
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    "Sexual references get in the way of the plot"

    I missed much of this book because I found the sexual references unpleasant and skipped past them. The author writes well and the reader has an excellent voice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cookie box piqua, ohio 08-14-07
    cookie box piqua, ohio 08-14-07 Member Since 2015

    creative cook

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    "context"

    I did not enjoy this particular book because it was shallow in content, used way too much descriptive sexual activity that just seemed to be thrown in without much advancement of the plot.
    Did enjoy the development of the main characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    patti FALMOUTH, MA, United States 07-28-07
    patti FALMOUTH, MA, United States 07-28-07 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not what I thought"

    I only listened to the first few chapters. Sex scenes were too much......

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    Alex Laguna Beach, CA, USA 01-08-08
    Alex Laguna Beach, CA, USA 01-08-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Pure entertainment"

    Ok, it got a bit spicey, but it is JUST ENTERTAINMENT, not a study in literature. I was pleasantly surprised, and simply enjoyed the whole book. I enjoyed the Agatha Christie style of so many suspects. The reader's voice was not what I would expect, but fine. I find I adapt to readers I don't enjoy at first. Try it! It is just a bit of a twist on the typical characters, professions, and background.

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    Shadrach Smith Kansas City, Missouri USA 08-09-07
    Shadrach Smith Kansas City, Missouri USA 08-09-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Made for TV- not for reading"

    It seems like the goal of this novel was to sell the rights for a TV series. Tennyson "Ten" is a former male prostitute with the heart of gold. His one dimensional character is thrown in the middle of a murder case where he is the number one police suspect. Unfortunately, the author forgot to give him a motive for the murder and therefore the book was unable to create enough inner drive for Tennyson, an unskilled, financially challenged wannabe detective, to constantly put his life at risk. Just did not add up. Overall, should make a good made for TV piot, but not a new detective series thriller.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Huron, OH, USA 02-22-08
    Terri Huron, OH, USA 02-22-08
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    "don't bother"

    I love Tananarive Due but I hated this book. I didn't even finish it. Its boring, poorly written, and didn't keep my attention. Don't bother wasting your credits on this one.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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