Morrow, Jan 2002, 24.05,289 pp.
Danny Cavanaugh is a white Irish police officer in Detroit who became assimilated into the black culture when he was five years old and just one of three white children in the entire school. If one were to close their eyes and listen to Danny talk, they would hear the voice of an African-American male. He is in a long-term relationship with a black woman and his partner on the force as well as his best friend is black.
Danny doesn't have a prejudiced bone in his body but race suddenly becomes an issue with his girlfriend who attends law school and wants to hang around educated black people. Race is also taking over his professional life. Somebody is carefully and methodically killing light skinned blacks and the FBI profiler on the case thinks the perpetrator is a light skinned black man. Danny has a whole load of suspects to draw upon but their killer is leaving no clues behind so the police, including Danny work the street to apprehend the killer.
On the surface COLORS OF JUSTICE is a well written, suspense thrilling police procedural, but in reality it is the dissection of an individual's heart, a good person who made peace with his world until those closest to him challenged his moral beliefs. There never was and never will be again a hero quite like Danny Cavanaugh, a truly color blind soul.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner