Fever In The Bloodby Robert Fleming
. . .and he's burning mad at the world. He's mad at the family he lost--his parents and sisters viciously killed by a gang in their own home; and he's mad at the foster family that "rescued" him--headed up by a powerful Harlem congressman who sees Eddie as a campaign ploy. Mainly, Eddie is mad at himself, for/b>
Eddie Stevens is burning inside. . .
. . .and he's burning mad at the world. He's mad at the family he lost--his parents and sisters viciously killed by a gang in their own home; and he's mad at the foster family that "rescued" him--headed up by a powerful Harlem congressman who sees Eddie as a campaign ploy. Mainly, Eddie is mad at himself, for getting caught by the cops with blood on his hands. Blood he should have washed off right away. He was sloppy this time. It won't happen again. Because Eddie knows the fever that ignites his rage is wasted--unless it's put to use. And he intends to put it to use again and again. . .
Praise for Havoc After Dark
"If the late jazz legend Sun Ra wrote a book of fiction, it would be like this--ingenious, way-out, probing, daring, mind-altering, leading-edge. Robert Fleming is all refined sensibilities and grim bravado. His abilities and narratives exhilarate and frighten me. They freak me out. They turn me on. They make me ask deep questions. This cat is baaad!" –Colin Channer, author of Waiting in Vain and Satisfy My Soul."
Robert Fleming, a former award-winning journalist and writer, is the author of Havoc After Dark, The Wisdom of the Elders, and The African American Writer's Handbook. He also edited the anthologies, After Hours and Intimacy. He lives in New York City.
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Mr. Edward Michael Stevens is certainly one of the creepiest narrators I've come across in a long while. I noticed that Mr. Fleming did a lot of research about the mind of killers and their particular point of views in his acknowledgment page. His work paid off. It has that totally convincing voice and needless to say, Stevens sticks in your mind whether you want him to or not. You will start to look over your shoulder on the street or on the train. This is quite a nervy book, frightening and real!
With Fever in the Blood, author Robert Fleming has created that rarest of all animals an entertaining thriller that also delivers a strong social message. Make no mistake, Eddie has problems, but the deeper you reach into the background of his life the more you can understand how he can be the vicious killer that he turns out to be. Eddie's adoptive father can easily be viewed as society as a whole while the well-used Eddie can be looked upon as the African-American male. When you view these characters in that light, you can easily see why Eddie turned out the way he did. If you enjoy thrillers buy this book, if you like them with a deeper message interwoven, buy it NOW.
Robert Fleming has created a compelling thriller and an insightful, chilling character study. He plumbs depths here that few writers dare to explore. This book will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.
His home life as a child was horrible because he was raised by dealing junkies who proved dangerous as they cared more about sex and the next high then their children. He knew his mother hated him and abused him even more than his masochistic father did. He always wondered why his dad accepted his mom stepping out with other men. --- All that changed when some rival sellers in the hood killed his parents and two sisters. He survived because he was cleverly hidden, but he observed everything. They thought he was the lucky one because he not only lived, but a Congressman adopted him. However his luck proved false as the man did it to bolster his reelection chances not because he wanted a son. When he was old enough he returned to the hood where he hears voices and kills women he never met or saw before he murders them. At twenty a delusional Eddie is reaching double digits in his need to kill unworthy women that only he believes are whores. --- Told totally in the first person by Eddie, readers follow a troubled young adult who has no one to help him except those voices inside his head. He believes that no one cares what happens to him and thus remains a loner, friendless and lost. Even his adopted parent cares more about one vote than Eddie besides which his role model is that of a corrupt politician and a mother who was a married cheat. Robert Fleming¿s dark character driven tale of a youth betrayed by those who should have nurtured him condemns a society who makes a fuss before one is born, but is notably absent afterward. --- Harriet Klausner