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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758231784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758231789
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prolific, bestselling street-lit author Weber (Something on the Side) delivers a soap opera–style cautionary tale of promiscuity and lust that, though twisty and entertaining, has its share of problems. Things quickly go wrong for the Black family—divorced father James, his ex-wife Crystal, engaged-to-be-married son Darnel and 25-year-old daughter Jamie—when Darnel catches his fiancée, Keisha, cheating on him with his best friend, Omar. After getting arrested for beating Omar until I got all my venom out, Darnel's pain and humiliation drive him to stalk and torment Keisha. Meanwhile, Jamie learns a dangerous secret about her boyfriend, Louis, and ladies' man James falls under the spell of a woman with questionable motives. As James, Darnel and Jamie switch narrative duties, betrayals and odd plot twists become the norm with at times shocking results, but awkward dialogue and implausible motivation distract from the fun. Though some of the surprises fall flat, this trashy page-turner should give fans what they want. (Feb.)
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In addition to his writing, Weber is the founder and publisher of Urban Books and in 2005, he was named Blackboard's Publisher of the Year. He is the owner of the Urban Knowledge chain of book stores and a past recipient of Blackboard's Bookseller of the Year award.

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Customer Reviews

This was a very good book all the way to the end.
There is so much drama and goings on here that any of the main three characters could have a story themselves.
Jason Frost
This book was a great read, a definite page turner.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jason Frost TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Before you start reading this book, get your Dramamine, Scopolamine, Promethazine, Cyclizine, and Dimenhydrinate. In case you're wondering...those are medications for motion sickness! Carl Weber weaves together a story with more twists and turns than the Spaghetti Junction in Atlanta, GA. James Black is.... a mess! This guy has more women than an all girl Catholic school shower! I love his no nonsense approach to his women... **you're here for one reason and one reason only, to please me**. If you choose to be with him after that... well... don't come crying to daddy. His son, Darnel, was trying to be a good boy and be faithful to one woman and he was. However, was the one woman faithful to him? How far would you go if someone betrayed you? What would you do to get back at them? Well... our boy Darnel takes his heartbreak HARD and you won't believe WHERE he takes it. Darnel's sister, Jamie, has a life but still finds time to meddle in her dad's, her brother's, and eventually her man's. This sister becomes so paranoid you'll swear you'll hear 'The Twilight Zone' music playing when you read the chapters dedicated to her.

Mr. Weber takes the strengths and weaknesses of these characters and intertwines them in one heck of a good story! There is so much drama and goings on here that any of the main three characters could have a story themselves. One minute you're a fly on the wall in the bedroom of James Black watching him put the moves on one of his thousand women, and the next you're wondering if Darnel needs a special white jacket. One minute you're spinning around inside Jamie's head wondering about her man, and the next you're wondering how many demons Keisha really does have. And this is just the tip of all the crazy turns you'll take in this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MizzKat on May 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have enjoyed nearly every other book by Carl Weber & expected this one to be a good one, too, but was I mistaken. Up To No Good was a bit too predictable & redundant. It got to the point where I heavily sighed with every chapter that started with Darnel because I was tired of the repeated actions. I mean, goodness, is there a man that freaking lovestruck that he acts a total wuss? I've never met one & so it made this quite unbelievable and plain boring. I thought the book would have been good because the beginning instantly catches you up into some drama without hesitation so it's like being on a fast moving train that suddenly stops dead in it's tracks. And Darnel wasn't the only one, Jamie started getting on my nerves & the whole issue with James was predictable, too.

I'm usually the 1st to get a Carl Weber book as soon as it's released but this one I waited on. Once I read it then I was so disappointed that I even bothered at all. The only other book of his that I'm debating on which I disliked more is The First Lady. Save yourself. Maybe wait for the next one...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Jackson VINE VOICE on March 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Once again Carl Weber gives readers an entertaining tale in Up to No Good, which is about a family that is not quite what they appear to be. This story unfolds from the three main characters point-of-view, James, Darnell, and Jamie. James Black is a successful man who gives his children, Darnell and Jamie, unconditional love, however, he is unable to commit to one woman, but he understands this about himself. Darnell, who wanted more than anything for his father to marry and commit to his mother, vows that he will not be like his father and is happy that he has found the woman of his dreams that he can be faithful to. Jamie, who was abandoned by her mother, is daddy's darling and puts the fear of God in all her father's girlfriends, believes that she knows all of the tricks that a man can play as she has learned from the best. But, while all of the characters believe they have life figured out they are all in for a couple of curve balls.

The story moves along at a fast pace as we learn how each of the characters handle the unexpected in their lives and how it affects their relationship with each other. Issues of truth and trust, along with fidelity and devotion, affect all of the characters and some of their actions will surprise you. Readers will enjoy the unexpected events which will keep them turning the pages, though, at times the characters will be a little predictable once you understand the situation.

I recommend this book to fans of Carl Weber and readers looking for an entertaining read.

Reviewed by Beverly
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March 3, 2009
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle VINE VOICE on February 28, 2009
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Carl Weber has done it again! In "Up to No Good" he delivers another 5 star banger! In this story we meet a father and his son and daughter, who all have enough drama to spread around!!
In this story we meet womanizing 40 something James Black. James is a true player for real and vows to never settle for any one woman. What will happen when he meets a woman who he may want to settle down with? Can he change his ways for love?
James' son Darnel is reeling over a devasting heart break. His life is turned upside down after his long time sweetheart Keisha does him dirty the night before their wedding. Darnel's life soon spirals out of control. Can Darnel get over this betrayal or will it eat him alive?
James' spoiled daughter Jamie is a true daddy's girl. Jamie makes it her business to be always in her father and brother's business. However Jamie's boyfriend has been acting suspect and leading her to believe he is creeping around on her.Jamie is going to put her detective skills to the test to figure out the truth...but will she really want to know the real deal?
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