Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Book Review and Giveaway: When Truth Is Gangsta: by Tecori Sheldon

May 22, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: When Truth Is Gangsta: by Tecori Sheldon

Description from Goodreads:
After the gruesome murder of his parents, a young boy plots to rule the streets of Detroit, but first he must contend with a corrupt mayor and a serial killer murdering drug dealers. At age eight, an assault team storms Walker “Ruffneck” Story’s rural Pennsylvania family compound, killing both of his parents. With the butler’s help, Ruffneck escapes. He is then smuggled out of state and relocated to Detroit. Under the watchful eye of a mysterious lady, Granny Sinclair, Ruffneck reemerges eleven years later, hungry for power and revenge. He assembles a cutthroat street team, and together, they challenge the elitists in the dope game for control. Betrayal puts him behind bars to do a two-year stretch— during the time when a serial killer starts preying on young drug dealers. While locked away, Granny Sinclair and Ruffneck’s cousin are murdered. He returns to the street with a brand-new plan: to find and annihilate those responsible. His investigation not only uncovers the killers of his granny and cousin, but also sheds light on his parents’ murderers. All fingers point to one man—the mayor of Detroit. Corruption, with enough explosive history behind it, place Ruffneck, the mayor, and the serial killer all on a collision course with the truth.

My Thoughts:
This book was phenomenal. It is everything you would expect of a street lit novel, and it was addictive from page one. Ruffneck is ruthless. At age 8, his parents were murdered right in front of him, and from that point forward, he was dead set on revenge. Detroit is the perfect setting for Ruffneck's gritty and dark story, and the storyline was exciting throughout the whole book. I loved the serial killer tie-in and especially liked the scene inside the Michigan Central Train Station, which I got to see for myself last summer. It is quite the amazing structure!
It's not that often where you find a book that you love from start to finish. This book was exactly that for me. I really enjoyed it and the story was solid through the end. This book is the second I've read from this author and both have been great. Strebor Books is also a great publisher, so I know when they've published it, it's going to be quality.

I received a copy of this book from the author to read and review. It has not influenced my opinion in any way. 

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars

Now onto the giveaway!

This giveaway is for one advanced readers copy of "When Truth is Gangsta" by Tecori Sheldon. The winner will be notified and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize, or a new winner will be chosen. All entries will be verified. US residents only. This giveaway is not affiliated with Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. 

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