Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley, 322 pages.
Joe King Oliver was railroaded by his fellow police officers years ago. After a harrowing three-month stint in Rikers Island he was able to escape prison with the help of officers he believes are still loyal to him, but his marriage and his career were in ruins. King has been working as a private detective for years now and he has rebuilt a relationship with his daughter.
When King receives a letter from the woman who had been the key part of his downfall asking his forgiveness and expressing a willingness to testify on his behalf, he starts down a path that may lead to his ruin or to his redemption. King lives in a strange world peopled by violent characters with odd, symbolic names and strange, haunted spaces.