Book Review: 'It's Not a Pretty Sight'
Aaron Gunner is an African-American private eye who investigates crimes in the kind of neighborhood where even the corner pay phone can suffer a brutal attack, ”hanging from its shredded cord like the victim of a lynching.” This time he’s after the killer of his ex-lover Nina, who, after years of abuse by her husband, was shot to death in her kitchen in South Central Los Angeles. An open-and-shut case, right? Gunner doesn’t think so. Ignoring the warnings of the LAPD, whose members ”eyed Gunner like a nail they wanted to drive into the nearest wall,” he pieces together the troubled history of Nina’s life — and discovers some unsettling truths about his own. Gar Anthony Haywood’s It’s Not a Pretty Sight is a gritty, compelling read. B+