By Karen Valby
Updated May 05, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

I Say a Little Prayer

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Famous for his sassy page-turners about black men on the down low, the literary equivalent of guilt-free quickies, E. Lynn Harris returns to fiction after a four-year absence with I Say a Little Prayer. Chauncey Greer is a successful Atlanta businessman with dreams of reviving the musical career that long ago careened off course when he began an affair with another member of his boy band. The setup is promising, especially when said band member grows up into a gay-bashing fundamentalist preacher who plans to spread his message of hate at Greer’s church. Alas, the plot wilts midway and amusing secondary characters languish in the background. Harris is back, but he hasn’t quite found his groove.

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