Inner City Blues (novel)

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Inner City Blues
Author Paula L. Woods
Country United States
Language English language
Series Charlotte Justice
Genre Crime novel
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Publication date
January 17, 1999
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
ISBN 0-393-04680-X
Followed by Stormy Weather

Inner City Blues is the 1999 debut novel by American crime author Paula L. Woods, and the first book in her Charlotte Justice series. The book was published by W. W. Norton & Company on 17 January 1999, winning the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery in 2000 and being named Best First Novel by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

The novel takes place during the 1992 Los Angeles riots as Justice investigates the death of "one-time radical Cinque Lewis...who years before had murdered her husband and daughter."[1]


  1. ^ "Paula Woods' INNER CITY BLUES". Retrieved February 18, 2012.