Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Urban Fiction

Urban Fiction has become one of the most requested genres at the library.  Raw, gritty, urban stories featuring tough African American characters trying to survive by any means necessary.  The novels are like hip-hop songs in prose form.  If you can’t wait to get your hands on the latest titles, here’s a sample of new summer releases.  Descriptions are from the publisher.

I Can Touch the Bottom
I Can Touch the Bottom  by Michel Moore 
When he is released on parole, Stackz wants nothing more than to mind his own business and rebuild his empire. However, when he is forced to kill again, he links up with Ava, an eyewitness to the scene unfolding before the slaughter of her sister's boyfriend. Having one major thing in common murder the pair becomes inseparable, hoping love can conquer all. Their belief that they can live a happily-ever-after existence is soon shattered when his victim's crew wants the ultimate revenge:  They want Stackz's life, and they'll take Ava's as well if she gets in the way.

The Cartel 6: The Demise
The Cartel 6: The Demise  by Ashley & JaQuavis 
Las Vegas. A city built on obscene wealth and corrupt deals, cunning entrepreneurs, and the ruthless mob. The Cartel's plan to open a casino will rake in cash, but comes with great sacrifice. The stakes have never been this high, and rules of the game have never been this hard to manipulate. And when one dead girl, one scorned wife, and one hole in the desert launch a chain of catastrophic events, The Cartel is sent on a downward spiral as they battle the Arabian mob and fight traitors within their circle. Will the Cartel prevail...or fall victim to the city's black cloud? And if there's one rule in the town of Vegas, it's that when the dust settles, there can only be one winner.

Carl Weber's Kingpins: Oklahoma City
Carl Weber’s Kingpins: Oklahoma City  by Clifford Johnson
The Kingpins of Oklahoma City, one from the north side and one from the south side, push pounds of weed, gallons of PCP, and kilos of cocaine through the corridors of the OKC, using very different methods to keep their people in line. King is the leader of the north side crew. Along with his protégé, Tippi, he runs his crew with deadly force. Each member knows there is no room for error when it comes to getting money on the north side. Flamboyant, the leader of the south side crew, is the opposite. His crew is tight out of loyalty, not fear.  Everything goes awry when Flamboyant’s woman, Shayla, becomes torn between her current man and the one who used to rule her universe—King.

Power Couple
Beyoncé and Jay-Z; Brad and Angelina; and Kanye and Kim. Though “power couple” is a fairly new term, there is nothing new about the world’s fascination with famous pairings. Curiosities about coupled super achievers date back as far as Cleopatra and Marc Anthony. Now, celebrity chef Cori Brown and her former NFL star husband Maverick join the pantheon of power couples in this steamy contemporary romance from bestselling author Allison Hobbs. When Cori, a media darling, finds herself embroiled in sex scandal, her loyal fans and the tabloids viciously turn on her. Even her pro football player husband isn’t safe, and Maverick finds himself being dragged through the mud along with her.

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