Black Gangster (Paperback)
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A raw and true-to-the-street portrayal of the underground by godfather of urban lit Donald Goines.
Trapped in jail for a petty crime, Prince hatches a scheme from his cell to make it big. Once Ruby, the only woman worthy of his brutal ambition, joins him on the outside, they take down Detroit one hustle at a time. Dealers, pimps, police, and politicians—in the blink of an eye the hood is theirs. Now the only thing certain is the cold hard truth of the streets—because with enemies waiting behind every corner, there's only one way to stay on top of the world.
"The voice of the ghetto itself." —The Village Voice
"He lived by the code of the streets and his books vividly re-created the street jungle and its predators." —New Jersey Voice
About the Author
Donald Goines was born in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the U.S. Air Force instead of going into his family’s dry cleaning business. Following his service, he entered into a life of drug addiction and crime. He received seven prison sentences, serving a total of over six years. While he was in prison, Goines wrote his first two novels, Dopefiend: The Story of a Black Junkie and Whoreson: The Story of a Ghetto Pimp. Goines was shot to death in 1974.