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Ash Dark as Night

Ash Dark as Night

(A Harry Ingram Mystery)

Gary Phillips
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In the follow-up to One-Shot Harry, fearless photographer and occasional private eye Harry Ingram takes on a missing persons case while at a professional crossroads after one of his photos puts him on the LAPD's radar.


An atmospheric dive into a city on the brink that's brimming with remarkable historical detail, Ash Dark as Night is perfect for fans of Walter Mosley and James Ellroy.

Los Angeles, August 1965. Anger and pent-up frustrations boil over in the Watts neighborhood after a traffic stop of two Black motorists. As the Watts riots explode, crime photographer Harry Ingram snaps photos at the scene, including images of the police as they unleash batons, dogs, and water hoses on civilians. When he captures the image of an unarmed activist being shot down by the cops, he winds up in the hospital, beaten, his camera missing. Proof of the unjust killing seems lost--until Ingram's girlfriend, Anita Claire, retrieves the hidden film in a daring rescue. The photo makes front-page news. 

A recuperating Ingram is approached by Betty Payton, a comrade of Anita's mother, who wants Ingram's help tracking down her business associate Moses "Mose" Tolbert, last seen during the riots. Ingram follows the investigation down a rabbit hole of burglary rings, bank robberies, looted cash, and clandestine agendas--all the while grappling with his newfound fame, which puts him in the sightlines of LAPD's secretive intelligence division.

Told in a wry voice, Ash Dark as Night is a nail-biting ride-along through midcentury Los Angeles with a crime fiction legend in the driver's seat.


Gary Phillips has published various novels, comics, novellas, and short stories and edited or co-edited several anthologies, including the Anthony-winning The Obama Inheritance. Violent Spring, his 1993 debut, was named in 2020 one of the essential crime novels of Los Angeles. He was also a staff writer and co-producer on Snowfall, streaming on Hulu, about crack and the CIA in 1980s South Central, where he grew up.


  • Publisher: Soho Crime
  • Publish Date: April 02, 2024
  • Pages: 312
  • Dimensions: 0.0 X 0.0 X 0.0 inches | 1.25 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Hardcover
  • EAN/UPC: 9781641294744
  • BISAC Categories: African American - Mystery & Detective, Crime, Noir



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