Adult, Street Literature, Crime, Prostitution, Drugs
eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss
My rating 4 Stars
From the multi-million copy master of vernacular black literature and pioneeer of hip hop culture, a masterpiece of crime fiction set in Los Angeles’ meanest, toughest streets.
Here is the newly discovered novel by Iceberg Slim, the creator and undisputed master of African-American “street literature,” a man who profoundly influenced hip hop and rap culture and probably has sold more books than any other black American author of the twentieth century (not that he saw the royalties from those sales). In many ways Iceberg Slim’s most mature fictional work, Shetani’s Sister relates, in taut, evocative vernacular torn straight from the street corner, the deadly duel between two complex anitheroes: Sergeant Russell Rucker, an LAPD vice detective attempting to clean up street prostitution and police corruption, and Shetani (Swahili for Satan), a veteran master pimp who controls his stable of whores with violence and daily doses of heroin.
Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that spotlights the books we are adding to our shelves; whether they be virtual or physical.
My week has been sort of hectic but I managed to survive. I’ve had 3 migraines this week and my meds are not working. So, I’ve been in hell while at work trying to focus with my head feeling like it was about to split open. Not many books this week but I did get a few.
Modern Monsters by Kelley York This is YA Contemporary and the cover grabbed me so after reading the synopsis, I was sold.
Shetani’s Sister by Robert Beck better known as Iceberg Slim It’s been a while since I’ve read some great street literature. To be honest, not many authors can pull it off so I’ll see how this one goes.
The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter I’m reading this now and so far, I can’t tell if this will end well for me. I keep putting it down because it’s confusing the hell out of me. Thank you to Hogarth/ Penguin Random House for sending me this book.
Rippler by Cidney Swanson Over 2,000 mixed ratings on Goodreads and since it was free, I grabbed it.
Reasonable Doubt by Whitney Gracia Williams It’s only a novella but I couldn’t resist it.
Well that’s all for me this week. What books did you add to your shelves?