Hoodlum: A Novel

Hoodlum: A Novel by Kwan 0312333080 9780312333089
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He set out to be the good son, but the streets had a different plan. nbsp; The situation soon turns ugly when Poppa is murdered and Tommy is removed from the equation. Suddenly Shai finds himself at the head of his fathers empire and the streets are thrown into chaos. It is then that he must decide whether to pursue his own dreams or put his fathers affairs in order. Unable to sit idly by while the Clarks underworld empire is pillaged, Shai takes up his fathers mantle and brings his game to the streets. He quickly learns that there are two sides to every coin, and the streets hold no mercy for the weak. Hoodlumchronicles three generations of Trinidadian immigrants and their rise to power in the New York City heroin trade. A Kwan classic. nbsp; Kwanis a Harlem native and the author ofHood Rat,Eve,Hoodlum,Street Dreams,GangstaandRoad Dawgz. He has been featured inKINGmagazine,The New York Press, MTV, BET, VIBEnbsp;andBig News. Born to one of the citys most notorious crime families, Shai Clark has always managed to be a good kid. A college hoops star, Shai shunned the world that his father had created and focused on his dreams of going pro. Tommy, Shais trigger-happy older brother, is next in line for the throne and rules under his father through brute force. But Poppa has bigger plans for Shai. nbsp; The situation soon turns ugly when Poppa is murdered and Tommy is removed from the equation. Suddenly Shai finds himself at the head of his fathers empire and the streets are thrown into chaos. It is then that he must decide whether to pursue his own dreams or put his fathers affairs in order. Unable to sit idly by while the Clarks underworld empire is pillaged, Shai takes up his fathers mantle and brings his game to the streets. He quickly learns that there are two sides to every coin, and the streets hold no mercy for the weak. One of hip-hop fictions hottest authors.King Magazine nbsp; Kwans gritty latest follows the fortunes of two brothers whose ghetto mafia family crumbles under the weight of murder and disloyalty. Tommy Clark runs the streets of Harlem with an iron fist (though his dad, Poppa, whos been laying his gangsta down for thirty-something years, is still king), and hes poised to inherit the family business. But then Tommys younger brother, Shai, turns up, kicked out of college for betting on the basketball games he starred in. Though Poppa discourages Shai from street life, his stubborn, competitive kid has other plans, and pretty soon Shais hustling the streets with fearless friend Swan and getting busy with local girl Honey while Tommy and Poppa run a risky heroin side operation, encouraging animosity within opposing underworld factions. When Poppa is murdered, it paves the way for the brothers to exact their retaliation in a spray of bullets, while crooked cops close in on Tommy for an execution-style murder. With every page soaked with street-smart vernacular, Kwans fourth novel delivers another aggressive, bloody portrait of unrepentant urban outlaws.Publishers Weekly

Author: Kwan

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 336

Publisher: St. Martins Griffin

Publication Date: 2005-08-01


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