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Price-Thompson (Chocolate Sangria) offers a raw, sometimes moving, but flawed novel of triplet boys-Gabriel (Shug), Isaiah (Shyne) and Ezekiel (Shadow) Blackwood-raised in Brooklyn by their widowed mother. Six witnesses reveal the boys' tragic story as the clock ticks toward Shyne's execution for a horrendous crime he didn't commit, the rape and murder of a woman and her three-year-old child. Shadow, their mother's favorite, dies in an accident at age seven, a death Shyne is blamed for. Shyne becomes a street-wise player who's done time, while Shug, mother's new favorite, manages a path to college, law school and politics, including a bid to become the second black mayor of New York City. As Shyne drops all appeals and awaits execution, his reasons for so doing become clear. Price-Thompson skillfully sketches many of the racial rapids blacks must still navigate, but a number of improbable coincidences-such as the prosecutor who sought Shyne's conviction having been sexually involved with Shug at college-distract from the author's message. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.