On the streets, crime and violence are part of the daily routine, and revenge has taken the place of stickball. Staying straight isn't easy, especially when one's family is mixed up in gang wars and drug dealing. When Rainbow Jordan's brother Stoney is murdered, he's determined to find the killer—both to avenge his brother's death and prove his own innocence in the murders that follow. Renay Jackson tells his characters' stories in the voices of the streets: the drug lords and their victims; desperate young men and women whose only goal is a better lifestyle and more money despite the consequences; and those who are simply victims of a system that's held them down their whole lives. More than just a page-turner, Oaktown Devil speaks for readers outside the mainstream and offers a voice for an overlooked population.
|Publisher:||North Atlantic Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.54(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.66(d)|
About the Author
Renay Jackson is a former rapper and street lit author with five novels to his credit, all of which will be published by Frog, Ltd. Over a two-year period. Jackson received the Chester Himes Black Mystery Writer Award in 2002. A single father to three daughters and a niece, he lives in Oakland, California, where he has been a custodian for the Oakland Police Department for more than fifteen years.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was marginally decent, but nothing to jump up and down about. I probably won't purchase anything else by this author.
I am just an average person who use to read alot as I was growing up, but this book and the two that followed (yes, I've read those too!)are just superb!! I am so happy to see that Barnes& Noble has picked you up cause now I can let the folks in Texas know where they can purchase them all. Keep up the good work, I always knew you could do it. Prue in Oakland
here's a book that made sense. I liked the book a lot and i think that the author is excellent at story telling ands plotting. i liked this book just as much as i liked the book 'Without Saying Goodbye' Written by another Oakland Ca assasin, named Kendra L. Willis. I hope that in the near future these two author's hook up and put something out together. they are both oakland's finest!!!!
This book was not only written ideal for a blockbuster movie, but it had some EXCELLENT food recipes inside the book that made me hungry! As a reader, I can tell this book was written by an older mature author, but the storylines were hot. It's a book about betrayal, drugs, love and urban drama....I don't want to give away the story, buy the book. It's a read you are sure to enjoy. Book clubs, check this one out!!!...I'll be waiting for part 2 'Shakey's Loose' (which is not yet released) :(