Hoodlum

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He set out to be the good son, but the streets had a different plan.

Born to one of the city’s most notorious crime families, Shai Clark has always managed to be a good kid. A college hoops star, Shai shunned the world that his father had created and focused on his dreams of going pro. Tommy, Shai’s trigger-happy older brother, is next in line for the throne and rules under his father through brute force. But Poppa has bigger plans for Shai.

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Overview

He set out to be the good son, but the streets had a different plan.

Born to one of the city’s most notorious crime families, Shai Clark has always managed to be a good kid. A college hoops star, Shai shunned the world that his father had created and focused on his dreams of going pro. Tommy, Shai’s trigger-happy older brother, is next in line for the throne and rules under his father through brute force. But Poppa has bigger plans for Shai.

The situation soon turns ugly when Poppa is murdered and Tommy is removed from the equation. Suddenly Shai finds himself at the head of his father’s empire and the streets are thrown into chaos. It is then that he must decide whether to pursue his own dreams or put his father’s affairs in order. Unable to sit idly by while the Clarks’ underworld empire is pillaged, Shai takes up his father’s mantle and brings his game to the streets. He quickly learns that there are two sides to every coin, and the streets hold no mercy for the weak.

Hoodlum chronicles three generations of Trinidadian immigrants and their rise to power in the New York City heroin trade.

A K’wan classic.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“One of hip-hop fiction’s hottest authors.” —KING Magazine

Praise for Street Dreams

“The legacies of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines are forever preserved…. [Street Dreams] is as real as it gets.”

Upscale

“K’wan steadily builds to a frantic, movie-worthy climax.”

Entertainment Weekly

“K’wan has really outdone himself on this one…. A must-read for fans of urban fiction.”

—Shannon Holmes, national bestselling author of Bad Girlz and Never Go Home Again

Publishers Weekly
K'Wan's gritty latest (after 2004's Street Dreams) follows the fortunes of two brothers whose ghetto mafia family crumbles under the weight of murder and disloyalty. Tommy Clark runs the streets of Harlem with an iron fist (though his dad, Poppa, who's been "laying his gangsta down for thirty-something years," is still king), and he's poised to inherit the family "business." But then Tommy's younger brother, Shai, turns up, kicked out of college for betting on the basketball games he starred in. Though Poppa discourages Shai from street life, his stubborn, competitive kid has other plans, and pretty soon Shai's hustling the streets with fearless friend Swan and getting busy with local girl Honey while Tommy and Poppa run a risky heroin side operation, encouraging animosity within opposing underworld factions. When Poppa is murdered, it paves the way for the brothers to exact their retaliation in a spray of bullets, while crooked cops close in on Tommy for an execution-style murder. With every page soaked with street-smart vernacular, K'Wan's fourth novel delivers another aggressive, bloody portrait of unrepentant urban outlaws. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312333089
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 136,869
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

K'WAN is the #1 Essence bestselling author of Welfare Wifeys, Section 8, Gutter, Still Hood, Hood Rat, and others. He wrote his first novel, Gangsta, as a therapeutic release, and it went on to become an Essence bestseller and a part of urban-lit history. In 2008 he received the Black Author of the Year Award from Black Press Radio. He has been featured in Time, KING, The New York Press, and on MTV and BET. Besides an author, K’wan is also a motivational speaker, a mentor to at-risk children and the C.E.O. of Black Dawn, Inc. He lives in New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Still wanting more...

    One of his greatest! Was hooked on Kwan after reading his work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2007

    GREAT BOOK

    Absolute must read. I read a wide variety of books (Dean Koontz, Noire, Walter Dean Myers, and Buster Onley to name a few) and this is one of the best book i've ever read. Very well written, great sub-plots, better plots. Get to the bookstore and buy it NOW!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    Jersey Girl973

    This book was good although it was kind of predictable. Maybe I've read too many 'Hood' novels. But it was still a good read. My only real compliant is that it seemed to be a little slow paced. I loved the character Shai though. Nothing like a smart brother with game. I'd still recommend this book for people to read esp if they're a K'wan fan in general. Ps. I have all your books K'wan! lol

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2006

    A HOT BOOK!!! Must read.

    This was the first book I read by K'Wan. It was crazy!!! I usually don't get into the gangsta type books, but it was better than expected. The characters in the book were so real it was scary. Everyone underestimated Shai's street credibility, but he was the strongest mentally and only the strong survive.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    4 and 3/4 Stars

    This was my first Kwan book and it surely WONT be my last. He really had me saying 'I'll read one more chapter then i will go to bed'. Bravo!- Kwan- Bravo!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    GOOD

    THE PLOT IS WELL WTITTEN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    Very disappointing

    I was expecting a lot more from K'wan. I was very disappointed reading this book. He set the bar so high with Street dreams and Hoodlum is not even close to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2006

    It was a good book.

    The book was awsome I believe if this ever happened to anyone's family member they would've done the same thing, well atleast I know I would. Hey K'wan you the man You always know what to write about and always let people know what the ghetto is about, and what people go thru and what they have to do to get their respect! I love all your books K'wan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    Greatttt!!!!!!

    This book was so good. I loved every minute of it. I couldn't put it down if i had a gun to my head(LOL). Nah but it was bumpin'. A definite must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    K'wan Classic!!!!!

    This book you must read if you are fan of urban fiction. Shai is the man and this book is a page turner that will keep you up all night wanting to read...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    VERY DISAPPOINTED

    THIS BOOK WAS NOT ALL DAT.... IM VERY DISAPPOINTED THIS IS HIS WORST BOOK....I COULD'VE DONE WITHOUT....THEY GASSED THIS BOOK UP.... THE BOOK WAS DRAGGING THE LAST 20 PAGES OF THE BOOK WAS GOOD BUT OVERALL IT WAS WHACK....I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT 2 ANY1...ALL I CAN SAY IS BETTA LUCK NEXT TIME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    GREAT READ

    This book was great. K'Wan has a knack for drawing people into his stories and I felt like I was there every step of the way. Keep it coming K'Wan I would love to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    Return of the king

    This book was hot to death. It reminded me of the godfather with an urban twist. You can't go wrong with one of K'wan's books. If urban lit has it king, then he is it! Long live the king!!!! P.S. can anyone confirm the rumor that he's coming out with a sequal to Gangsta????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    Another winner!

    You've heard the saying, 'Harlem has the best ball' well the rest of the statement is 'HARLEM HAS THE BEST AUTHORS'. K'wan Foye flashes his gift and has penned another bestseller AGAIN!!!!!! He hits it hard and real in 'HOODLUM', no bars hold! True to life and gritty with all its realities, personal decisions are made by the Clark family for survival. K'wan took no prisoners. The pages are permeated with cold and calculating characters.... and love mixed in there too??!! How'd he do it... you've got to read that for yourself. (Personally, I think Kwan is Donald Goines grandson...there may be not truth to this, but Kwan definitely has picked up the mantel from Donald Goines!) Goodpeoples ARC Book Club Inc.

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