Sat 22 January 2011, The Times

Blood Count by Reggie Nadelson

By Marcel Berlins
Reggie Nadelson’s likeable but troubled hero, Artie Cohen, left the Moscow police to be a cop in New York where, inevitably, he’s been much in demand helping to solve crimes touching the Russian immigrant community. In Blood Count (his tenth appearance), his former girlfriend, whom he still loves, turns to him when she finds her neighbour, a Russian émigré, dead in her apartment in the historic but shabby Louis Armstrong building in Harlem. He finds out that other residents, mainly black, have died suddenly. There’s talk that the building’s owner is keen to get rid of occupants, to turn it into a fashionable and expensive block, jettisoning the great trumpeter and naming it after the newly elected Barack Obama. There are more deaths. As usual Cohen is regularly beaten up and has difficulties with his fellow policemen (not least the one sleeping with his ex) before unravelling the racial issues at stake.
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