Murder on the Down Low

Murder on the Down Low

by Pamela Samuels Young

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Overview

A high-profile lawsuit erupts into chaos, revealing its place in a larger spree of violence in this scandalous tale of lust, lies, and vengeance. A brazen gunman is targeting prominent African American men on the streets of Los Angeles, and police are completely baffled. At the same time, savvy big-firm attorney Vernetta Henderson and her outrageous sidekick, Special, lead the charge for revenge against a man whose deceit caused his fianceé's death. For Special, hauling the man into court and suing him for wrongful death just isn’t good enough. While she exacts her own brand of justice, a shocking revelation connects the contentious lawsuit and the puzzling murders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981562704
Publisher: Goldman House Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Pamela Samuels Young is a legal columnist for Global Woman magazine and the author of Every Reasonable Doubt and In Firm Pursuit. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Murder on the Down Low 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm always up for a mystery so when this book came to me for review I was excited to get started on it. Young is a new author for me and writes a mix of mystery/legal thriller. The story begins with the death of a wealthy, prominent African-American man and takes off from there. Early on we are shown that he is having an affair with another man but is married to a woman hence the term "down low". Before you know it there are a few more deaths and one of the detectives on the case is starting to think that they have a serial killer. Mix that up with four friends that are mourning the loss of their close friend Maya. Maya died from aids that she contracted from her husband who was also having a gay affair. All of a sudden it looks like the serial killer theory is more than a theory and that the killer is targeting men on the down low.This was an interesting read for me. It started off a bit slow but before I knew it I was sucked into the characters lives and trying to figure out who the killer might be. The author took on the difficult issue of aids and homosexuality. I thought the author did a good job providing a lot of information and some fair viewpoints on the issues at hand. The ending took me by suprise as I didn't have a clue to who the killer was. All in all, an interesting read and I'm thankful to the author for sending me this to review.
LisaLynne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The cover of this book says: ¿Infidelity can be deadly.¿ Murder on the Down Low puts a whole new spin on infidelity in this thriller that focuses on an issue of particular interest to the African American community. Black men are being murdered ¿ upstanding men, athletes, businessmen, pillars of the community ¿ and they are being targeted because they are on the down low.According to Wikipedia, ¿on the down low¿ refers to men who identify as straight, but still have sex with other men in secret. Obviously, this is not limited to the African American community, but this novel¿s focus is on black women and their reaction to it. A group of friends ¿ Venetta, Special, J.C. and Nichelle ¿ are determined to avenge the death of their friend, Maya. Maya died of AIDS, and she was exposed to it by her fiance, Eugene, who is on the down low. They want to use the law to get justice for Maya and to bring the issue to the attention of the larger community: they file a lawsuit against Euguene for wrongful death.At the same time, prominent African American men are being murdered. There is no obvious connection between them, but there are whispers¿this puts the police in an awkward position and brings up a host of other issues and prejudices in the most unexpected of places. Are the rumors credible? Are the police willing to protect the living at the expense of the victims¿ reputations?For one of the women, a lawsuit is not enough. Special wants Eugene to pay. She wants to destroy him. So she embarks on some solo projects, designed to make Eugene¿s life a living hell. Unfortunately, they may also make her the prime suspect.There is a lot about this book that I found interesting. I think Young does a very good job of showcasing all sides of this argument. There are gay characters as well as straight characters. There are people who are tolerant and there are unexpected bigots. Should the friends pursue their lawsuit, dragging out the suffering of Maya¿s family? How much blame should be shouldered by the women these men are involved with? Afer all, if they don¿t insist on condoms, they are putting themselves at risk. And what about society in general? Is there a place in African American society for gay men? Is being ¿on the down low¿ really a result of homophobia in the community? It¿s a lot to digest, and Young¿s characters continually bring new facets of the issues to the debate.The book also has a pretty good mystery. There are several potential killers presented, some dead ends and plot twists, enough to keep a mystery lover interested. I did have some frustration with the friends and their behavior, particularly Special. No one seems to think things through very well. The lawsuit might be a good move, but it opens up Maya¿s estate to legal action. When J.C. takes her suspicions to the police, it¿s as if she never thought about how a black man might react to being told that men he respected were having secret gay affairs, that he might take them more personally then she does. On several occasions I wanted to strangle Special! She behaves like a spoiled child, completely unable to control herself, and she doesn¿t seem to care that her actions hurt the people around her and endanger the objectives they¿re working towards. The book deals with her fairly harshly and I thought it was well-deserved. She needed a serious whap with a clue-by-four, because she was really out of control.Overall, this is quite a good read. There¿s a lot to think about, but it doesn¿t beat you over the head with it. It doesn¿t have the sort of magical ending where suddenly everyone is in agreement. But everyone does have a chance to consider the issues and change their opinions, and that¿s really what you want in this sort of book.
DarleneGinn-Hargrove More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT!!! WELL DONE MRS YOUNG....THIS WAS MY THIRD BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR, AND I WAS CAPTURED FROM THE FIRST PAGE TILL THE LAST. I JUST LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THE CHARACTER SPECIAL!!!! SHE NEEDS A BOOK JUST ABOUT HERSELF. SPECIAL KEPT ME LAUGHING OUT LOUD. BUT ON A SERIOUS NOTE, THIS BOOK IS AN EYE OPENER ON THE DOW LOW BROTHERS. I HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM THE DATING SCENE FOR ABOUT 16 YRS NOW. I CAN NOT IMAGINE HAVING TO QUIZ, AND EXAMINE THE BROTHERS JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE RIGHT AND TIGHT!! AND NOT LOOKING FOR A COVER UP FOR THEM TO PLAY IN THEIR DIRT. THAT IS WHY IT IS SOO IMPORTANT TO TAKE YOUR TIME AND REALLY GET TO KNOW THE PERSON. BUT, I GIVE MS YOUNG TWO THUMBS UP ON TAKING A SENSATIVE SUBJECT MATTER AND PUTTING A SPIN ON IT. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THIS ONE. ENJOY!!!
jewelknits More than 1 year ago
In Los Angeles, a successful African-American OB/GYN, Dr. Quentin Banks, arrives back at the office from a midday rendezvous and is shot and killed in broad daylight while exiting his car in the parking garage. In a different part of town, four friends come together to mourn the death of their 32-year-old friend Maya. One of them, Maya's cousin Special, arrives late and proceeds to the dais to make the announcement that Maya did NOT die of pneumonia, but of AIDS, having been infected by her fiancee Eugene Nelson, an attorney she met at a Christian singles retreat. Another bombshell: Eugene is on "the down low", meaning that he also sleeps with men on the side. Vernetta, an attorney at a high-powered firm, Nichelle, also an attorney and partner at a smaller firm, and J. C., a homicide detective, round out this circle of friends. They have a plan to make Eugene pay, and with permission from Maya's mother, file a lawsuit against Eugene for wrongful death. Special, in her grief, also has plans to make Eugene pay. As she exacts her own form of revenge against Eugene, other successful African-American men are killed in the same fashion (and for the same reasons, as J. C. finds out) as Dr. Banks. As J.C. tried to get her boss to warn the community of the danger, Vernetta is dealing with a backstabber at the office who is apparently the reason her mentor no longer favors her for partnership. Nichelle becomes an unofficial spokesperson, warning women of the dangers of unknowingly contracting AIDS from their partner, and Eugene leaves his job and turns to the church for healing. This is a great legal thriller with it's own share of twists and turns. I tend to shy away from a lot of African-American fiction, even by black authors, because so often, they are filled with such stereotypical, misrepresented characters. NOT the case here. I found myself so angry at Eugene and at any man who would not represent himself fairly to his partner or wife, especially when that misrepresentation puts his partner at risk. But I also felt a lot of sympathy for him as he grappled with the repercussions of his actions and saw his life fall apart around him. Vernetta is bolstered by her wonderfully supportive husband, Jefferson, who sees how unhappy she is at her firm and urges her to step back, take some time off, or even quit. You feel so much for all of the characters that the mystery of who is committing the murders almost becomes secondary, until suspicion centers on one of THEM. I read through this in a day, it was that good. The book also draws attention, in a low-key but effective way, to the spread of HIV and AIDS in the minority community. There ARE brothers out there on the "down low", but there are also Caucasian men that are doing the same. Most HIV is spread through heterosexual contact, in spite of the persisting myth that this is a "gay disease", and it is up to us as women to protect our bodies. QUOTES A female homicide detective in L. A. was rare enough. A black, female dick was about as common as a unicorn strolling down Crenshaw Boulevard. "I already love you. I offer you a Snickers every time I see you, don't I? You think I do that with everybody? That's the ultimate gesture of love in my book." "Excuse me. If somebody is shooting black"- he slowly enunciated every syllable - "ho-mo-sex-u-als, then as far as I'm concerned, they're doing
Faye_L_Beck More than 1 year ago
I have read it and plan to read it again. Reading it kept me on the edge. I found myself being a detective. I have 5 pages of notes, listing each character and notes about each. My first suspect was Special Sharlene Moore. Then my second suspect was Rev. Sims. My final suspect was Belynda. Belynda just seemed too good of a person to be believable. There was a time - a brief time - when I suspected Diana Banks. She just seemed too naive and too trusting. I thought the title is an excellent title for the story's content. When I read a book, I always try to determine how the author arrived at / decided on the title. The story line really had me thinking hard about the brothers who are on the down low. You definitely can't tell by looks alone. You definitely can't tell by what a brother says because some brothers will choose to tell a lie than speak the truth. I will be heading to the library to check out other Pamela Samuels Young's two other books. I will also let my family and friends know about Pamela's three books.
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
From bestselling author Pamela Samuels Young comes a new Vernetta Henderson adventure involving a web of deceit - and leaves a trail of bodies. Evidence shows one possible murderer and motive. However, Vernetta discovers the roots of these crimes are buried deeper, down low. Pamela Samuels Young takes readers on a wild ride with this legal thriller. She spins an intriguing tale of infidelity, lies, hate and murder. "Murder on the Down Low" hooks you from the opening page and doesn't let go until the last. "Murder on the Down Low" is a very good book. Kudos to Pamela Samuels Young. Reviewed by: Lela
lojai More than 1 year ago
I thought the author did an excellent job of presenting varying perspectives of the "Down-Low" lifestyle and its ramifications. This book will not only have you on the edge of your seat with all the plot twists and turns. It challenges you to examine your views on discrimination, tolerance and how you respect your body and self.
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selatha More than 1 year ago
Murder On The Down Low is a must read. This book was great from the first page to the last. You will a ride of your life as you go on the ups and downs of the books. Pamela other two books are great also
Boopie More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the first three days after having brain surgery. I could not put this book down, nor take any pain pills for fear they would make me sleepy and I could not read. I loved all the twists and turns of the book. It was an eye-opening experience into the life of the "down-low" situation that is plaguing America. This "down-low" situation is wreaking havoc on the African-American woman. The education I acquired while reading this book was very valuable and made this the book even more enjoyable. I have read all of Pamela's books and her books hold you in suspense down to the last sentence. Murder on the Down Low, as with the all the others, kept me feeling as though I really knew these people personally. I look forward to her next books with all the anticipation I experienced in reading the others
KDFILER More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the new one from Pam Samuels Young- Murder on the Downlow - it was a page turner ! I kept wondering what surprise was next and which character was going to provide it !!! Her writing and stories are destined to make it to the movie screens !!Brothers....watch out !!!
Big_Time_Publishing_Radio More than 1 year ago
The author puts you in a place where the subject of HIV and AIDS is very hard to digest. With all the research she did and for her to come up with a fiction story to tell the truth about what is happening to someone and what's going on in the world today. It just amaze me as a writer,author and publisher. When you open this book you have to have a open mind to read this book because the truth is in the pudding.The book is so deep the story plot will have you going through the angry,pain and emotional state that the characters goes through. The characters and the places comes alive before your eyes. With all the twists and turns you will not guess who is the killer until the end.

Pamela Samuels-Young has not lost her touch, this is her third book and she is still shining and gloring all around the globe. She is one of a kind, a mystery writer that you don't want to not read.