Seattle Picks: Street Fiction
Annotation:Liberty and Po take on drug lord Samad by using a new dealer in Sierra Leone, but a new opportunity pulls them apart, jeopardizing business at its very foundation.
Annotation:Darnell Clayton raised his daughter YaSheema to rule Washington’s streets after him – and she is ready – but when harsh family secrets surface, the Clayton empire erupts in violence.
Annotation:Beautiful, rich and positioned for success, Sunny’s weakness, cocaine, tempts her down a dark road when her loneliness makers her uncharacteristically vulnerable.
Annotation:As Shan and Briggen try to start a new life together, buried secrets and a desire for revenge may pull them back into their old Detroit hip-hop street drama.
Annotation:Fast-living and hard as nails, the women in these three stories by Redd, Nikki-Michelle and Erick S. Gray rule their world and take no prisoners.
Annotation:Billy and Jackie on the streets are even more dangerous than they were in prison. This re-issue of Goines’ 1974 novel is a vivid and brutal reminder of the author’s real-life experiences.
Annotation:Tiffany escapes an abusive relationship into Quick’s arms, but the escalating rivalry between Quick and his old friend, Lucky, threatens to pull them all down.
Annotation:A Midwest drug trafficking operation is threatened by a snitch working closely with the boss (and the FBI). When the snitch falls for a hit man’s daughter, the stakes get even higher.
Annotation:After his release from an Oklahoma prison, Papio takes care of outstanding business and does some womanizing on his way West, but his unreliable ways spell trouble for his future.
Annotation:Aalayah’s in jail and Precious struggles to hold the business together when a drug war erupts and threatens to overwhelm all they’ve worked to build in this 7th book of the series, following “Bitch: A New Beginning.”
Annotation:After three years as a fugitive, Animal returns to Harlem on a mission of personal vengeance as his soul-mate, Gucci, hovers between life and death.
Annotation:KeKe Quinones reflects on the powerful anger that propelled her through the hard times and the worse times in Harlem as she lies in a coma, her future uncertain.
Annotation:Beverly Johnson, Atlanta’s police chief, has a serious conflict of interests: her job is to preserve the law and her love is given to Sparkle, a key hustler on the street. How can she keep both?
Annotation:Chanelle’s past comes back to haunt her and the plans she’s made with a hustler named Trap may be destroyed by those she’s learning – the hard way – not to trust.
Annotation:A twist of fate separates twin brothers Malik and Malachi who grow up as opposites: a lawyer and a drug lord. An ambush set up for Malachi instead puts his brother in the hospital and starts a dangerous chain of events rolling.
Annotation:Apple is still the most hated chick in NYC but she’s stuck in Mexico and for now Kola has the upper hand, even though she’s got problems of her own in love and with the law.
Annotation:Surviving the brutal murder of his parents, Ruffneck vies with those at the top for control of Detroit’s dope trade. But first he’ll have to contend with a serial killer and widespread corruption.
Annotation:Hustler Prince Perkins fought his way up the ranks and built a lucrative business but now he may take a step back if he avenges his mother’s murder by killing her abusive boyfriend.
Annotation:Allure suffers abuse from every man she gets close to and finally takes some straight advice from a woman who knows: wait for the right man and cut the drama.
Annotation:Two stories by two authors make this book a bonus. In Swinson’s “I Need a Gangster,” a woman vows revenge on her cheating husband and in De’nesha Diamond’s “Gentlemen Prefer Bullets,” a “gentleman” has the opportunity to avenge his family.
Annotation:After fighting his best friend for the top spot and avenging his dead parents, Corey Coach Townsend is officially “King Coach” but unofficially still has to fight to maintain his hold.
Annotation:La Familia is like a symphony of many voices and talents ruling the street until some members decide to cave to pressures from outsiders, threatening chaos and a shift of power.
Annotation:The fast-paced drama continues as Lynise’s enemies track her and love is elusive in another cliff-hanging adventure of an expensive woman.
Annotation:The Duncan family runs a legitimate car business in Queens, along with a few other less legitimate endeavors. When L.C. decides to retire, the family’s power shift leaves them open to enemy takeover.
Annotation:Diamond and her man are living well with a solid plan to quit the drug business, but her happiness is precarious as an old enemy plans to ruin her.