Blinking Red Light

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The hardcore hip-hop debut novel from a natural born storyteller.

"I had all this s-racing through my head. I figured that if the pigs was asking about Dex then they had to know he was rolling with somebody which meant they was going to be looking for me too..."

Blinking Red Light is a story of temptation and betrayal, where sex looks easy but the stakes are way higher than the players could have known.

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Overview

The hardcore hip-hop debut novel from a natural born storyteller.

"I had all this s-racing through my head. I figured that if the pigs was asking about Dex then they had to know he was rolling with somebody which meant they was going to be looking for me too..."

Blinking Red Light is a story of temptation and betrayal, where sex looks easy but the stakes are way higher than the players could have known.

When Dexter and a longtime friend come across a sweet hook up, it's a deal neither can refuse: they are paid large sums of money to sleep with women with no strings attached... part of a blackmail ring that quickly backfires. Soon the two are caught in a predicament with lethal consequences. Twists and turns come flying at them full speed from the rugged streets of North Philly to the eerie back roads of North Carolina.

Blinking Red Light is fast-paced and intriguing, from its opening line to the shocking conclusion——-a thrilling ride about the madness that ensues when easy money comes a man's way.

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Those unfamiliar with rap or hip-hop will need a glossary to follow this X-rated morality tale, originally self-published, about a young hustler who begins to see the error of his ways after his best friend double-crosses him. It's summer of 2001 in North Philly. The unnamed narrator and his friend Dex earn money having sex on video with the wives of men, mostly white, who owe money to a local mob-connected bookie. When said bookie turns up murdered, the police put out the word that they are looking for two young black men, so the narrator and Dex leave town. The narrator, who lives with his saintly mother and has a year of community college under his belt to let us know he has potential, is innocent. Although he has an inkling Dex is involved, he wants to trust his best friend, even after Dex boffs the girlfriend of someone who puts them up while they're on the lam. Back in Philly, Dex shows up with a new thuggish friend Herb. After his cell phone accidentally tapes an incriminating conversation between Dex and Herb, the narrator realizes that those two are responsible for the murder. Nevertheless, he lets them drag him to North Carolina for another sex-for-money deal. In Durham, the narrator meets Onyx, who is working her way through Duke and is a nice Christian girl in contrast to all the other skanky young women in the book. Once the narrator has final proof that Dex is a double-crossing scum bag, he and Dex become entwined in a cat and mouse game. Blackmail threats, thefts, kidnappings, beatings, and a few more dead bodies lead to a hotel-roof gun battle. Ultimately the narrator, with the help of his good woman, has gone straight, while Dex ends up at the World Trade Center onSeptember 11. What is offensively coarse to some may be graphic reality to others. Author tour. Agency: Los Bravos Management
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594480195
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Publication date: 5/4/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Yes, it's his real name. Mister Mann Frisby, 27, was born and raised in South Philadelphia. A former Philadelphia Daily News reporter, he lives with his daughter and is at work on his second novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    A reviewer

    What started out as a very interesting story since it really kept me on edge wondering what's going to happen next, ended HORRIBLY. Clearly, Mr. Frisby had a good idea for an urban book, however, it ended just like one of the 'jawns' in his book: played out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2005

    PLEASE

    I was hooked from the start but the way the book ended may me wish that I had never started it. I was very disappointed. Add the fact that the main character's name was never giving in the story but you had times when people made reference to his name 'you have a unique name' I had to read the book again just to make sure I didn't look over it. I have just purchase 'WifeBeater' I hope this book will make up for what was suppose to be a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2004

    Off the Hook

    I thought this this book was mostly about sex. But it was more than that. It's about betrayal and trusting people you know. It's an excellent book. Keep them coming, Mister.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2004

    A Must Philly Read

    I read this book back when it was 'underground,' or more properly stated, self-published. It's real. It's true to Philly. If you've ever been there, expect to go there, or live there now, you must read this book. It's 100% Philadelphia credible! Can't wait for the next one, Mister.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2004

    Check Your Messeges( You'll Understand once you read this book)

    I loved this novel! This is a novel that will keep you interested from page 1 to 295!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    An Avid Reader

    A wonderful book. Frisby's choice of words in the novel are not only wonderful but are intriguing to the events in the novel. Just a wonderful book that expresses life! Can't wait to read his next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    Street dreams

    Good book that captured the lingo, the personalities and hustle of the street well. Characters were realistic and almost not fictional.

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