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In this juicy, hard-hitting hip-hop romp, K'wan (Hoodlum) paints an almost too raw, black-and-white portrait of Eve Panelli, a banging little Harlem outlaw who's had to grow up fast since the murder of her parents—Joe-Joe, her Italian-Irish dad, a "soldier" in an Italian mob family, and Shanice, her black mother. At 17, Eve feels like a $5 whore when she gets out of juvenile detention after taking the heat for two fellow Harlem gangstas, Felon, whom she's secretly sweet on, and Butter, his closest road dawg. Felon loves Eve, but he's also a hustler who'd "rather be cold and rich than warm and broke" when he begins dealing with Carlo DeNardi, the degenerate son of the mobster who offed Eve's parents. Aside from her cool Uncle Bobby, a vet in a wheelchair, Eve's true "fam" becomes the Twenty-Gang sistaz. The brutal murder of Cassidy, Eve's best home girl and crime partner, leads to Eve's heart-stopping opportunity for revenge and a thrilling conclusion.
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Evelyn Panelli is of Italian, black, and Irish descent, with red hair and blue-green eyes and with the demeanor of a boy. She has lived a rough life in the streets as a member of the all-girl family, Twenty-Gang. At 17 she is sentenced to a jail term of no less than 18 months but no longer than two years in a juvenile detention center. Upon release, Eve quickly resumes her criminal lifestyle as a strong-arm robber. She also comes home to discover that her former partners, Felon and Butter, are now kings of the street. She and Felon have always had an attraction to one another but have maintained a business relationship. The DeNardises, a powerful Italian family, want to do more business in Harlem, but the son, Carlos, hates doing business with Butter and goes after his girl, Cassidy. The stakes are raised when Butter learns that Cassidy and Carlos have been dealing with one another. The conflict escalates, which forces Eve to single-handedly seek revenge for her family. Lillian Lewis
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312333102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312333102
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K'wan is a multiple literary award winner and bestselling author of over a dozen titles which include: Gangsta, Road Dawgz, Street Dreams, Hoodlum, Eve, Hood Rat, Blow, Still Hood, Gutter, Section 8, From Harlem with Love, The Leak, Welfare Wifeys, Eviction Notice, Love & Gunplay, Animal, Purple Reign, The 1st & 15th, Ghetto Bastard and Animal II. K'wan is also the author of several dark fantasy novels written under a pseudonym.

K'wan has been featured in: Vibe, Pages, King, The Library Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Press, and Time Magazine, to name a few. K'wan was also the recipient of the 2012 and 13 Street Lit Book Award Medals (SLBAM) in adult fiction for Eviction Notice and Animal. His credits also include featured commentary in the award winning Documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (produced by Ice-T) as well as a reoccurring role as an analyst on TV-One's Celebrity Crime Files.

K'wan currently resides in New Jersey where he is working on his next novel. Please visit his website: www.Kwanfoye.com

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Urban Reviews VINE VOICE on March 21, 2006
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Eve Panelli is a young hustler that backs down for no one. Since the loss of her parents at an early age, the only family Eve has is her crew the infamous Twenty gang. With two years of prison already under her belt, Eve is now eighteen and back on the streets of Harlem getting money the best way she knows how :strong-arm robbery. In the midst of all of this, she has some strong feelings for her longtime friend and hustler Felon that she doesn't know how to express. But things are not the same on the Harlem streets since Eve has been away. The number one drug supplier the dominant DeNardi family is trying to solidify its presence on these streets through Felon, his right hand man Butter and their crew. Felon and Butter are on top of the world and plan to stay there. But Butter's resentment toward the DeNardi family and his cowboy antics may lead them down a deadly and dangerous road. Things get ugly when Eve's best friend and crime partner Cassidy is killed in the crossfire of this drug war. Eve vows to get revenge and won't let anybody step in her way. She has to not only avenge the death of her best friend, but also the death of her own parents. When the smoke clears, will Eve succeed or will this be a deadly mistake?

Eve is an incredible novel by K'wan. K'wan once again brought a fast-paced storyline that showed the gritty violence of the hustling game. This author showed great creativity in developing the main character Eve and her crew Twenty gang. K'wan showed that even while doing dirt in the streets, Eve was still a woman that can have a softer side. What I liked most about this novel is that Eve was not the average sleep with men for money type female hustler. She was getting her money in the most dangerous way possible with strong-arm robbery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on June 17, 2006
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Evelyn Panneli had lived a lifetime, she was orphaned at the age of twelve and the streets of Harlem claimed her. Before her eighteenth birthday she had been incarcerated for almost two years. Eve took a rap for two of her homeboys, Felon and his partner Butter. It was a tough choice, but they were family and with 'family', it goes with the territory. Now back on the streets, she is ready to start slanging and banging with her crew.

Things changed the two years Eve was gone, Felon and Butter are on the come-up in Harlem's drug traffic. Butter is with Eve's girl, Cassidy and Eve is feeling Felon. Although Felon can always roll with any homie, Eve unknowingly has his heart. But both are to hard to trust the relationship game.

Life was chillin, and then out of nowhere their idyllic world begins to crack. The one person Eve loved unconditionally is killed and a crooked-cop, who worked for the mob, is murdered. Harlem becomes a battleground. Felon needs to clean things up before Eve, trying to avenge her friend's death and even a score from her past, goes after some heavy hitters in the mob.

EVE is raw, gripping, gritty, and authentic. K'WAN has captured scenes from street life that adds empathy to the perception of urban youth. Their code of honor will surprise and confound readers. I was impressed with how K'WAN was able to write this story from a bangers view and still maintain an almost eloquent style that juxtaposed readers into the lives of a man and a woman engulfed in a world that forces them to 'come with it'. The climatic ending is straight, no chaser.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Akire Sivad on January 31, 2009
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This is the first book that I have read by Kwan. This turned out to be a awesome book and I would definitely read another one by him, especially if it's anything like this one. Kudos Kudos Kudos !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Princess Tracy on December 5, 2007
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K'wan brings us the story of Evelyn Panelli. Eve is a young girl who has seen a lot in her short life. Her parents were brutally murdered, and the only family she has left is a wheel-chair bound uncle. Because of this, Eve's friends have become her surrogate family. Loyalty to her "family" has landed Eve in a bad situation as the book begins. Although, she didn't want any cookies, she takes the rap for having had her hand in the cookie jar.

As the story progresses, we meet the characters that Eve holds dear, Cassidy, Butter, Bullet, and Beast. And we meet the character who holds Eve's heart, Felon.

I don't get some of the reviews for this book. The story was bananas! The characters were well-developed, and three dimensional. I grew up in the city, so I know somebody like EVERY one of these characters (except for Beast). The story line was straight flawless, and the subplots were ingenious the way they connected the characters.

I LOVED this book. Eve was realistic, relatable and likeable in this story. I felt for her as I was reading. I wanted her to come out on top. K'wan did his thing. Eve was a really good, fast-paced novel.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DeeShaLaToya on May 30, 2006
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Man, I read some of these customer reviews don't believe the Hype. man I read this book as well all other Kwan books. This book was hardly a work that shows K'wan's talent. It only showed me that he threw something together in order to keep his name fresh and drop something for '06. The story was extremely predictable. I mean come on K'wan you can do better than this. I don't reccomend you buy this book. I reccomend that you get from the library. It was a days worth of reading but it wasn't something that I would have a discussion about. REAL TALK.
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