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The Accidental Hunter


The long-awaited reissue of the book that introduced mystery fans to bodyguard-turned-investigator D Hunter.

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What people are saying…

“A gritty noir set in the world of New York City’s hip hop culture, The Accidental Hunter introduces bodyguard-for-hire D Hunter . . . The violence and chaos that follows proves George to be the equal of his forebears; it’s hardly a surprise that the book is dedicated to ‘Coffin Ed, Grave Digger, and Easy.'”
CrimeReads, selected by Luke Geddes as one of 10 Books About the Mysterious World of Audiophiles

“Great reading for the criminal-minded”

“Nelson George’s smooth security-guard-turned-detective, a.k.a. D, scours a demimonde as glamorous as Chandler’s Los Angeles . . . D Hunter definitely needs an encore—he’s destined to become a classic.”
—Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club

“The most accomplished black music critic of his generation.”
Washington Post Book World

“There are few people who can put the past seventy years of urban reality into the perspective of the most recent hip minute like Nelson George. He braids actual facts and fictional characters flawlessly.”
—Chuck D, Public Enemy

“George is an ace at interlacing the real dramas of the world . . .”
Kirkus Reviews

“George is a well-known, respected hip-hop chronicler . . . Now he adds crime fiction to his resume.”

“Nelson George is one of my greatest influences as a writer . . . He inspired me in many ways, and he continues to inspire.”
—Talib Kweli, multi-platinum rapper

“George’s prose sparkles with an effortless humanity, bringing his characters to life in a way that seems true and beautiful.”
Shelf Awareness

“D Hunter is a detective compelling enough to anchor a series.”
Time Out New York


The Accidental Hunter marks the debut of D Hunter, Nelson George’s unforgettable bodyguard-turned-PI whom Library Journal calls “ . . . as world weary, yet steadfast, as Philip Marlowe.” A security specialist who thrives off of Manhattan’s nightlife, D Hunter is the man people turn to when they need help without drawing the attention of the NYPD.

When a rising R&B star is kidnapped, music manager Ivy Greenwich hires D for an unusual assignment. Things go well, and D thinks he’s done. But Greenwich has other plans: he wants D to escort mega–pop star Bridgette Haze around New York City’s top hip hop clubs to give her an edgier, more urban image. Hunter reluctantly agrees, and he soon finds himself both falling for Haze and in urgent pursuit of a mysterious kidnapper, all while battling his own thirst for revenge.

Like the subsequent novels in the D Hunter Mystery series—The Plot Against Hip Hop and The Lost Treasures of R&B—The Accidental Hunter is a fast-paced, noir-tinged mystery fueled by New York City’s hip hop culture.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Published: 2/24/15
  • IBSN: 9781617754005
  • e-IBSN: 9781617754012


NELSON GEORGE is an author, filmmaker, and lifelong resident of Brooklyn. His books include the first four novels in his D Hunter mystery series: The Accidental Hunter, The Plot Against Hip Hop, The Lost Treasures of R&B, and To Funk and Die in LA, all available from Akashic Books. Among his many nonfiction works are The Death of Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop America, and The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style. As a filmmaker he has directed the documentaries Brooklyn Boheme, Finding the Funk, and A Ballerina’s Tale. He was also a writer/producer on the Netflix series The Get Down. The Darkest Hearts is his latest novel.

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