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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Blair Underwood, Richard Allen Narrator: Richard Allen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781400174935
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Casanegra follows the adventures of Tennyson Hardwick, a gorgeous, sexy former actor and gigolo living on the fringes of the good life in Hollywood. This story combines the glamour of Hollywood with the seedy hopelessness of the inner city. 

In this hot and steamy mystery, Tennyson is an actor struggling to hang on to his career and redeem his sex-for-pay history that estranged him from his family—especially his father, a decorated LAPD captain who raised Tennyson to call him “Sir.” Now, in the wake of his father’s sudden stroke, Tennyson has to save himself from taking the fall for a murder. In the process he discovers his hidden talents—the hard way.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Casanegra is a wild ride through Hollywood, heart-pounding in every way. Smooth, ultra-sexy Tennyson Hardwick is a man readers will want to meet up close. He is all heart and danger, a knight in battered armor. You will love this novel!”

    E. Lynn Harris, New York Times bestselling author of I Say a Little Prayer

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaShaune | 2/11/2014

    " Similar writing style to Walter Mosely and Valerie Wilson Wesley with a hint of sexy. It's a good page turner and it did keep me guessing til the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 2/9/2014

    " I liked it. It felt like a modern Easy Rawlins mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey Y Smith | 2/5/2014

    " Not the best work by Tanarive Due and Steven Barnes, in fact, the text reads is so tame that it reads like nothing either of them has written. Never the less, I enjoyed this book, it was like eating a Big Mac, not cuisine but fast food, very tasty but not nutritious. I did like the concept, kind of an updated take on an Easy Rawlins character - a very sexy struggling actor, former call boy who gets caught up in solving his friend's murder. The mystery was not well set up, not enough sublte clues to lead you to the "who did it" at the end. All this said, I still look forward to reading the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malika | 2/3/2014

    " I agree with the review by Ms. Sparrow. Not an awesome book, or especially challenging, but it is a good quick read. It's good for a plane ride, car/train trip, or when relaxing at home. What drags this book down is the bragadocious way Tennyson speaks of himself--a little irritating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 1/22/2014

    " This was a great read. It started off a little slow but it definitely did not disappoint in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Alleyne | 1/17/2014

    " I was traveling and didn't want to take this book as it was a hardcover and I found a way to shove it in my carryon. Excellent book with lots of twists and turns. Who knew that Blair U. had it in him??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/14/2014

    " A bit X rated at times but it had an interesting plot that kept my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/13/2014

    " I'm still in the process of reading this, but it's not terribly complicated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbie | 1/10/2014

    " "Steamy?" A lot more than steamy in my opinion. Couldn't get past the first disc. Let's just say it's not for family listening - even when your son in the back seat is 29! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Violet | 12/1/2013

    " This book was okay. I guess I'm just not into the whole actor, rapper, murder bit. Although I think Ten should change his field of work and do more of the bodyguard type thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nakia White | 9/18/2013

    " This book was ok. I expected more from it, sense Tananarive Due aided Blair Underwood in writing it. Nice book to past the time, but I dont look at Mr. Underwood as a phenomenal writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr.TramueL | 9/16/2013

    " Just opened the book, I might read from beginning to end. "Good Read" from the start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Fields | 8/20/2013

    " I truly enjoyed this read, great read I am a fan of the Tennyson Hardwick novels read all three novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/7/2013

    " Mindless, lite, and Blair Underwood! Life is good! On to the second. . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayt | 4/6/2013

    " Despite the fact that things teetered on the highly unlikely at times, I still loved me some Tennyson! lol He got beat down quite a bit but I liked that he always managed to win the fight and get the girl. I found this one very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lanetta | 3/25/2013

    " Casanegra intrigued me for a first-time mystery reader. I do not understand why it took three people to write this one book. However, the plots and storylines were really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ade Oluyemisi | 3/10/2013

    " My younger Easy Rawlins, both seem to have trouble find them when least expected and yet are willing to go the distance to uncover the truth. Love the way the story was told "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blakkbryd | 1/17/2013

    " This was a real surprise. About to crack open the other ones. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 8/2/2012

    " This book was interesting.....to say the least. Too much sex! It is written by Blair Underwood who should have stayed an actor, because his books are not great. Not worth the read or the time spent on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellea | 7/14/2012

    " This was a pretty good first attempt for Blair Underwood. I enjoyed the Hollywood backdrop very much, however, the sex scenes were over the top, some unnecessary. Overall, it was good though, looking forward to reading the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chayako | 6/23/2012

    " Each book in this series is better than the last. I encourage you to read this initial book so you can be introduced to the characters. The storyline is very entertaining and I had no idea who did it until the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shae | 5/6/2012

    " I could not put down this book...it was so engrossing; i finished it in three days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicolejanne | 4/25/2012

    " Just started, but enjoying. Lots of LA references...hey, it was written by Blair Underwood. So, you have to check it out, right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookloverdojc | 8/27/2011

    " Sometimes the fight scenes were a bit much but overall a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Minnie | 8/12/2011

    " Oh, a really fun book to read. About Hollywood, the "underground trade," murder and private detective Tennyson Hardwick is hard to forget. Love the novel. Hope it does make it to the silver screen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda C. Henry | 7/30/2011

    " Good Read! I can see Blair Underwood playing the main character. Tennyson had that swagger that most men would envy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra Stephens | 7/13/2011

    " i can not wait for the next book very good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr.TramueL | 4/23/2011

    " Just opened the book, I might read from beginning to end. "Good Read" from the start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda C. | 4/12/2011

    " Good Read! I can see Blair Underwood playing the main character. Tennyson had that swagger that most men would envy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/8/2011

    " I liked it. It felt like a modern Easy Rawlins mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Violet | 10/4/2010

    " This book was okay. I guess I'm just not into the whole actor, rapper, murder bit. Although I think Ten should change his field of work and do more of the bodyguard type thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/21/2010

    " I truly enjoyed this read, great read I am a fan of the Tennyson Hardwick novels read all three novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 9/13/2010

    " Great book. The main character has many layers but charms the reader throughout his misadventures from the beginning to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ade | 8/28/2010

    " My younger Easy Rawlins, both seem to have trouble find them when least expected and yet are willing to go the distance to uncover the truth. Love the way the story was told "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/20/2010

    " Really good for his first novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chayako | 3/30/2010

    " Each book in this series is better than the last. I encourage you to read this initial book so you can be introduced to the characters. The storyline is very entertaining and I had no idea who did it until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaShaune | 3/11/2010

    " Similar writing style to Walter Mosely and Valerie Wilson Wesley with a hint of sexy. It's a good page turner and it did keep me guessing til the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suga | 2/25/2010

    " This book was ok. I expected more from it, sense Tananarive Due aided Blair Underwood in writing it. Nice book to past the time, but I dont look at Mr. Underwood as a phenomenal writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellea | 11/28/2009

    " This was a pretty good first attempt for Blair Underwood. I enjoyed the Hollywood backdrop very much, however, the sex scenes were over the top, some unnecessary. Overall, it was good though, looking forward to reading the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 10/4/2009

    " i can not wait for the next book very good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/21/2009

    " Mindless, lite, and Blair Underwood! Life is good! On to the second. . . "

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About the Author
Author Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is a prolific author and scriptwriter who has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Cable ACE, and Endeavour awards. His work for television includes episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Outer LimitsStargate SG-1, and Andromeda. A lifelong student of human-performance technologies, he holds black belts in judo and karate, has an instructor certificate in Circular Strength Training, and is a trained hypnotherapist.

About the Narrator

Richard Allen is an accomplished and respected theatrical actor whose work includes Ragtime and PBS’ Great Performances: Play On! His voice can be heard on numerous television and radio productions, as well as the animated series Jumanji.