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SnitchCraft [Kindle Edition]

Edrea Davis
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hip-hop meets civil rights in this riveting saga exposing the corrupt environment created by the governments use of snitches. John JC Powell is making more money than he can count, providing for his entire family, and on the verge of winning back the love of his life. When he s arrested, convicted, and imprisoned based on the testimony of someone he trusted, JC struggles to clear his name and get back assets seized by the government. As the pieces of the puzzle come together in a surprising courtroom drama, JC realizes that he is caught up in a ruthless game, playing against a system set up to win by any means necessary. SnitchCraft juxtaposes the themes of family, spirituality, and social justice, against a backdrop of a popular Southern California nightclub and escalating gang violence. An “After the Book” section includes a reader s guide of discussion questions and a resource guide of organizations working to reform the criminal justice system.

"SnitchCraft, a highly recommended novel exhibits many facets of African-American life - the strength of family bonds, romance, spirituality, gang violence and fraud within the criminal justice system, " Detrel, APOOO Book Club

"Edrea dropped some historical knowledge and some political information that we all need to know. I really dug this book, and I'm impressed by this author," Shamontiel L. Vaughn - "Message from Montie"

"SnitchCraft was good from the beginning to the very end. I highly recommend the book!" Renee Brown

"A riveting story about betrayal, greed and corruption," Books2Mention.

"Snitch Craft hits the nail on the head of a touchy subject for many; snitching and a corrupt justice system. " The Urban Book Source

Editorial Reviews


"A captivating street-life saga that brings the history of the game, as well as the questions of morals and values, to the surface." -- LaToya Foster, Radio & TV Talk Show Host

"I was nailed to my chair! This is a life lesson everyone needs to know. Be careful who you trust!" -- Foster V. Corder, Director "The Legend of Dolemite"

"Intrigue, treachery, lies - nothing is as it seems in this Powell family saga." -- Victor Hobson, New York Jets

From the Publisher

"After the Book Section" includes readers discussion guide and resource listing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dogon Village; ebook edition (November 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063NXCMG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,149,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Smooth talking well-respected New York City street hustlers, John "JC" Powell and older brother, Paul, venture to California in order to legitimatize their dealings in the novel, "SnitchCraft" by Edrea Davis. The money they made over the years through their illegal ventures seems endless. They begin to encounter new challenges and subtle animosity as they travel west. Stopping in Georgia at a family reunion while driving to California, the brothers come in contact with family members they do not see very often, others with questionable characteristics and strangers that want to be part of their budding business enterprise.

The events that unfold when JC and Paul arrive in California are very different from what they envisioned. Failing to consult with Paul, JC agreed to renovate a former seedy lounge in the midst of a gang riddled, urban ghetto. Despite the conditions, JC, the family caretaker, is filled with visions of grandeur. Developing a once dilapidated lounge into a popular nightclub garners resentment from those who should be the closest and most interested in what is best for the Powell brothers. JC, on the verge of winning the heart of his long lost love, Candace, and bringing in more money than he can imagine watches his world collapse. He is arrested for dealing drugs from the club. Having put illicit activity of that nature behind him, JC truly believes that this misunderstanding will quickly be resolved. He is later convicted and hit with an exceptionally steep jail sent ence, as a result of testimony provided by a member of his inner circle whom he trusted without fail.

Watching the drama unfold begins to shift this story into an even more intriguing "who done it" type of mystery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars (RAW Rating: 3.5) - Snitches Get Stitches July 28, 2007
SNITCHCRAFT is an explosive novel that explores the "snitch" culture that has permeated today's society. John "JC" Powell and his sibling, Paul, head west to California from New York City to make their drug money legitimate. After, JC and Paul use their illegal profits to parlay themselves into successful businessmen everything falls apart. JC's renovation of a seedy neighborhood lounge into a posh nightclub is met with resentment from close family and friends. Just as JC is on the verge of reuniting with his soulmate, Candace, he is arrested for selling drugs from the club. After losing his money, his business and quite possibly the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with, how will JC manage to regain his freedom?

SNITCHCRAFT is a well-written, first novel by Edrea Davis. Although it was a little hard to get into in the beginning, SNITCHCRAFT managed to grasp my attention. Davis explores the dark side of family relationships, especially how jealousy and envy can lead to the total destruction of a family. I also enjoyed the complexities of the relationship between Candace and JC, as well as how JC interacts with his son. I would recommend SNITCHCRAFT to those who are looking for a deep urban novel.
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"SnitchCraft is a riveting story about betrayal, greed and corruption."

"J. C. Powell is falsely accused of a crime along with his family members that destroys all that he has accomplished and could very well land him in prison for many years."

"He's been named as a drug dealer who is working with another individual distributing narcotics through a nightclub that he owns named Empire."

"It's going to take the help of his family and friends with connections to discover where these false charges are deriving from. They later learn that a trusted individual has been acting as an informant providing false information and implicating people in crimes."

"SnitchCraft exposes just how corrupt investigations can be when informants are paid for their services, which in return taints any potential evidence. This book definitely leaves something for readers to think about."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different twist on the snitch controversy July 28, 2007
This novel was intriguing and informative. Wealthy hustler turned nightclub owner, JC Powell is given a hefty prison sentence for a crime he didn't commit and his whole world crumbles around him. When the layers of lies are revealed during a riveting courtroom scene, the audience will be shocked to learn who snitched and, more importantly, why.

I highly recommend this book - especially for young people who may be a little naive about the system. The author included an after the book section that gives important information on the criminal justice system.

SnitchCraft was an excellent first novel- urban fiction with a dash of history, civil rights, and spirituality. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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