Landlord Amos Brown hasn't been nicknamed the Harlem Don for nothing. Ever since he inherited two brownstones from his estranged father, he's taken on the weight of his neighbors' problems, a wrenching habit that makes for sleepless-not to mention solitary-nights. From a dying tenant to a drug addicted single mom to an abandoned child, Amos's gut twists as he sees first hand the ravages of desperation, disease, and poverty in his slice of Harlem. No wonder his last girlfriend broke up with him.
Still, now he can make a difference, instead of being part of the problem. In fact, Amos is finally feeling settled into life as a landlord and finished with a life of crime, when his old friend and mentor, Deacon Steadwell, is accused of murder. Amos is compelled to help the eighty-three-old, who is in jail and ailing. He doesn't have the money to put up bail-but Amos does have his brownstones.
Just his luck, no sooner has he secured Deacon's release than the old man suddenly recovers and disappears-leaving Amos and his property in some serious jeopardy. Amos has no choice but to search for Deacon. It's a journey that nearly gets Amos killed, though he doesn't know why or by whom. To find the answers, he will have to return to the streets and the life he'd left behind, among prostitutes and players, pimps and dealers. And when someone else is murdered, Amos discovers that heis only one part of a much bigger picture-and only one target of a surprising foe that threatens the Harlem he loves. Will he be able to protect it?
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Amos Brown is back!! Amos, now settled in his life as the landlord and done with his life of crime is about to get more than he bargained for after agreeing to help out an old friend. When Deacon Steadwell calls Amos from jail asking for bail money, Amos doesn't think twice about putting up his brownstones to get him out even if Deacon is accused of murdering a pimp. But Deacon hasn't told Amos the whole story and things quickly go from bad to worse when Deacon turns up missing and Amos has to find him or risk losing the money he has put up. Soon Amos finds himself in danger and has to resort to his old ways to find out who is after him and why. If that isn't enough to deal with, one of his beloved tenants Wilbur may be dying and in danger of losing the child he took in when her mother disappeared. Down and Dirty picks up where A Landlord's Tale left off, it is refreshing to read a sequel where you catch up on the old characters as well as meet new ones. If you liked A Landlord's Tale, you will love Down and Dirty! Down and Dirty is for those of you who love mystery and suspense with a touch of old-school flavor. It is a fast-paced read that will grab your attention from beginning to end! I give this book 4 1/2 stars. Reviewed by Shay C of PeoplewholoveGoodBooks