(A new arrival on a Caribbean island dominated by the cane...)
A new arrival on a Caribbean island dominated by the cane fields, fifteen-year-old Midra falls under the spell of the island prince, whose African ancestry brings Midra a revelation from the ancient past.
(When Night approaches Amanda, an African-American tourist...)
When Night approaches Amanda, an African-American tourist on holiday in Barbados, she had only intended to sell her a dress, yet soon she realizes that their chance encounter is something very special and, as things develop, both women come to know their lives will never be the same again.
(There’s no love lost between the NYPD and black ex-cop Bl...)
There’s no love lost between the NYPD and black ex-cop Blades Overstreet since a suspicious bust nearly cost Blades his life. It didn’t kill him, and it didn’t kill his conscience either. That’s why he’s agreed to help an actress named Precious find her missing father. Simple? Nothing as beautiful as Precious is ever simple - especially once Blades’s investigation leads to the discovery of a murdered FBI agent. Framed for the killing, pursued by the FBI, a pariah to his former NYPD “brothers,” Blades is in deep, on the run, and winding his way through New York’s Caribbean community to find the real killer before he’s forced to take the rap or worse.
(Just when ex-cop Blades Overstreet finally has his life b...)
Just when ex-cop Blades Overstreet finally has his life back on track, the son of his good friend and mentor is murdered before his eyes. Blades knows he won’t be able to rest until the killer is brought to justice. He begins a search that leads him on a dangerous journey into the heart of the Russian mob and, ultimately, into a confrontation with a past he had hoped was buried long ago.
(The third book in the Blades Overstreet series finds Blad...)
The third book in the Blades Overstreet series finds Blades facing a crisis. His estranged father has returned from Barbados and Blades is determined to finally get the truth behind his father's disappearance many years ago. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but it comes in the form of a plea from a friend who begs Blades to help track down those who kidnapped and murdered his father, a retired judge. Blades agrees to help private investigator, River Paris, hunt the killers.
(Shifting between the Caribbean and America, these stories...)
Shifting between the Caribbean and America, these stories arrive doused in magic, musicality and humor. From the title story about a man trapped in the nightmarish glare of post 9/11 scrutiny after he forgets a bag in Grand Central Station; to the deliciously funny yet poignant "Sweet Destine" about a man unable to deal with his wife’s sexual awakening after they emigrate to America; or the darkly comic "Licks Like Peas", Lovell’s lyrical prose delights and captures the vibrant rhythms of love, longing and loss rooted in the Caribbean soul where home is not always where the heart is.
(The rising cases of rejection and ostracism suffered by L...)
The rising cases of rejection and ostracism suffered by LGBT persons in Barbados made Simone’s Place a timely production when it was first performed there in 2014. The play is a story of love, acceptance and the need for connection and belonging. Though it focuses on issues of gender identity, the question of class is ever present. The central character is a transgender owner of the club/bar, Simone’s Place, where she performs Nina Simone jazz standards as Lady Simone. Despite her upper-class roots, the deeply spiritual Lady Simone has become advisor and healer to many of the broken souls who drink in and hang around the bar; at the same time she is most in need of love and healing herself. The central figure’s paradox binds and balances the play as each character struggles with the dilemma of trying to be free in a society where keeping secrets and ‘acting right’ is the key to survival.
Glenville Lovell studied creative writing in New York City.
Glenville Obrian Lovell is the author novels, short stories and a number of prize-winning plays.
In 1995, his first novel, Fire in the Canes, was published by Soho Press to wide acclaim, as was his second novel, Song of Night, published in 1998. Too Beautiful To Die, published by Putnam, introduced volatile black ex-cop Blades Overstreet as a new though somewhat reluctant hero, and garnered praise and comparisons to some of the most illustrious names in the mystery/thriller genre. This was followed by Love and Death in Brooklyn. Both novels, set in New York, are also available for electronic download at Amazon and other online sites. Mr. Lovell won the 2002 Frank Collymore Literary Award for his play Mango Ripe! Mango Sweet! In 2008, his play Going for Love played to standing room only at CARIFESTA X (Caribbean Festival of Arts), in Guyana.
Having toured the globe as a dancer before he became a writer, Lovell sometimes resorts to music and choreography to help understand and develop his characters.
Glenville Lovell lives in New York.
(When Night approaches Amanda, an African-American tourist...)1998
(A new arrival on a Caribbean island dominated by the cane...)1995
(The rising cases of rejection and ostracism suffered by L...)2014
(Just when ex-cop Blades Overstreet finally has his life b...)2004
(There’s no love lost between the NYPD and black ex-cop Bl...)2003
(Shifting between the Caribbean and America, these stories...)2012
(The third book in the Blades Overstreet series finds Blad...)2006