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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I admit to being somewhat hesitant to purchase this book. C-Murder being a rapper does not neccesarily mean that he would be a good author. I know that rappers tell stories but those stories are done to blazing beats so my question was could C-Murder produce a blazing book? I was pleasantly surprised that he could.

Death Around The Corner managed to captivate me while telling the tale of Daquan who's struggling to survive being poor in New Orleans'Calliope projects. The typical urban formula is apparent in the book, tragic childhood breeds contempt for law enforcement which in turn spurns a life of crime. But what makes Death Around The Corner rise above similar books was it's ability to portray a moral message to it's readers.

A message so clearly depicted that I'll be happily requiring my teenage son to read this book to help spark a positive dialogue about life choices. A dialogue that a C-Murder album could never inspire which definately proves that this rapper can provide a service to young black men.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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"Death Around The Corner is an outstanding read. It distributes a hard dose of reality in the hood."

"At the tender age of five Daquan Watson witnesses a murder committed by his father, who ends up in prison for life. His mother is a drug addict and soon abandons him, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother."

"Unfortunately, Daquan is exposed to drug dealing from his cousin Jerome. He has aspirations of becoming a rapper, but decides to deal drugs for a while until he can get his music career started."

"A drug bust occurs and Jerome is sent to prison. Daquan is asked to step in and run things for Jerome with his connection Mandi."

"As Daquan becomes deeply involved in the drug game, one of his buddies becomes envious. Just when Daquan gets a chance to sign with No Limit Records as a rap artist and decides to stop selling drugs, his best friend Nut turns on him and his life is put in jeopardy."

"The message is definitely clear in this dramatic tale. Death can truly be around the corner for those who get caught up in this deadly game."

"Corey "C-Murder" Miller does an awesome job depicting this gritty tale. He paints this story so vividly that readers can't help but to visualize it and learn from it. This urban novel is an absolutely riveting read that tells it like it is, straight with no chaser."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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In an instant, young Daquan Watson's world was turned upside down. One act of violence has shattered the family life he once knew. Now living with Grandma Mama in The Calliope Projects, Third Ward, a notorious, drug-infested housing projects, it's just a matter of time before the lure of the streets is too much to resist. With death around every corner, will Daquan escape?

And with that, DEATH AROUND THE CORNER heads off into a violent, complicated, gritty and fascinating storyline. Books about the hood appear in a steady flow today and the flow just seems to continue to increase. However, quantity does not make up for quality. DEATH AROUND THE CORNER beats the odds. C-Murder's gripping account of one young man's experiences adds immeasurably to one's understanding of the challenges faced by many of our black youth. Its setting is rich in local color and local characters. DEATH AROUND THE CORNER proves to be exciting, with a jaw-dropping climax. Multi-platinum rapper C-Murder takes a gamble and wins, so does the reader. Maybe he can do for New Orleans literary what his brother Master P has done for New Orleans ' rap scene. Highly recommend. Looking forward to Tru Publishing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I cannot believe that I slept on this book for so long. From the first to the last page it grips you. C-Murder has some serious talent in the writing game, I can not wait to see what he has in store for us next and with his new publishing label. I will be buying anything he drops. This book deserves more than five stars. ONE of the best books I have ever read! Pick this book up you will not be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2007
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When tragedy strikes at a young age, Daquan's life is changed forever. He becomes overwhelmed with anger and hate, which drive him to a life on the streets. DEATH AROUND THE CORNER is the story of Daquan's life as he goes from an innocent young man into a cold blooded killer. He starts off stealing with his best friend Nut, but eventually follows in the footsteps of his cousin, selling drugs, and getting kicked out of his Grandma Mama's house. Soon he finds himself in the Scotland Correctional Center where he learns even more about how to live on the streets, but also develops a love for hip hop.

While in the facility he meets Cee, another inmate whose brother owns a record shop and is in the process of starting his own label. Daquan leaves the facility with Cee's information and a promise to reconnect in the future, but for the time being he returns to life on the streets. Back on the streets he is reunited with Nut and they become big time drug dealers with the instincts of killers. However, when Daquan runs into Cee his focus shifts back to the music, leaving Nut and the rest of the crew behind. The question is, can he really leave the street life behind or will it catch up with him?

In DEATH AROUND THE CORNER, C-Murder has crafted a tale that not only delves into street life but shows the experiences of life in a correctional facility as well. It is a chilling tale with some graphic descriptions that will keep the reader turning the pages to see what happens next. C-Murder has written the novel in a way that makes it is easy for the reader to engage with the characters and imagine the story as it moves along. Not only is DEATH AROUND THE CORNER an intriguing fictional tale, it also warns the reader of the consequences of living life on the streets.

Reviewed by Criss Coles

for The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2007
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THIS STORY WAS ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS I HAVE READ IN A HOT MINUTE! C-MURDER KEPT IT VERY RAW, GUTTER, STREET, AND ON TOP OF IT ALL, VERY REALISTIC! WHO SAYS THAT RAPPERS ARE ONE DIMENSIONAL? I WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT BOOK FROM HIM.
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VINE VOICEon January 2, 2007
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Daquan Watson was 5 years old, the day his life changed forever. His father arrested for murder and a mother addicted to drugs. Daquan is sent to live with his grandmother in Calliope, the notorious, drug-infested projects in New Orleans. Over the years, his cousin Jerome takes Daquan under his wing and teaches him the "game" and soon, Daquan is learning more than any school can teach him. When Daquan gets locked up, he discovers a new love: hip-hop. He is determined to use his skills to get out of the projects but when Jerome gets locked up, Daquan must take over and that leads to decisions that may cost him everything.

Death Around The Corner by C-Murder is a suprisingly good story, it grabs the reader's attention and you find it hard to put the book down. However, at times it can be hard to believe given Daquan's age and the timeline but Death Around The Corner is a gritty yet touching story that will appeal to lovers of urban fiction. Reviewed by Shay C of PeoplewholoveGoodBooks.
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VINE VOICEon March 17, 2007
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C-Murder's `Death Around the Corner' chronicles ten years in the life of Daquan Watson. In 1984, a five year-old Daquan witnessed his father being apprehended by the police for murder. The impression etched freshly in his mind as his mother gave him to his grandmother, Grandma Mama, to be raised. Going from one housing project to another would not change Daquan's fate in the least but the day his cousin, Jerome, walked him around the new neighborhood, the Calliope Projects, playing his boom box, he fell in love. Not with his surroundings but rather with the hip hop that blared from its speakers.

Throughout the next couple of years, Daquan found himself in the midst of drug sales, sex, lies, murder and a guilty conscious. His biggest supporter was his guardian angel who encouraged him to live better, but her words often fell on deaf ears. Daquan was in a game that sucked him in deeper with every breath he took. Like so many other soldiers of the streets, life was of no value to him or the Cutt Boyz, who were his entourage of young gangsters. The previous statement was true until Daquan saw that his rap game could actually rescue him from the life of crime.

With a recording contract in hand and dreams in his heart, Daquan planned to leave the street life for good, but is it really that easy to walk away? Could a young brother with a plan just throw up his hands and say `I'm out'? Daquan had taken control of so many lives, but what happens when he tries to take hold of his own? C-Murder lays it all out in black and white.

Death Around the Corner is excellently written. There are no grammatical errors and the dialogue is as real as it gets. The imagery puts you in the streets witnessing all of the drama first hand. While reading this novel, I felt connected to all of the characters, cheering some on and wishing ill will of others. This action packed story could easily be an autobiography for young men that have resorted to crime in order to achieve success. Many authors want their audience to feel what they have written and this is an instance where that goal has been achieved.

Reviewed by Darnetta Frazier

APOOO BookClub
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I don't know if everybody is riding C-Murder's uhm..coattails because he is a rapper of if they really think this book is worth 5 stars. It is a good read, don't get me wrong but it doesn't deserve 5 stars for me. A 5 star book is one I can't put down for anything. This didn't do it. I like the book and I would recommend the reading of it. I just don't think it's "all that". Maybe it's because I am not hung up on the fact that he is an already successful rapper. (I do like his music) I gave him a star because he did a good job as an author. There were some errors, and I got so sick of "grandmama mama" pick one and call her that. It was irritating. So I just called her mama..since Daquan's mother wasn't present. The dialogue was a little hard to read, but I survived. it's easier to speak it than to read it! :0 overall it's a good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2007
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Death Around the Corner is a book about a young man named Daquan who comes up in New Orleans. He becomes a new person the moment his heart is filled with so much hatred. This happened the moment his father was arrested and from that point on he was a new person. Under the influence of his uncle Daquan becomes a big time drug dealer at the age of 16. Will his mistakes cost him his life or can hip hop help take him out of the ghetto like so many others?

I enjoyed this book a whole lot. Him being an author I didn't know what to expect from C-Murder. I was pleasantly surprised with the results though. This book is now an official must read on my list. It is interesting throughout the entire story and you'll never want it to end (especially the way it did end).
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