- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Vibe; 1st Kensington Trade Pbk. Ed edition (January 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781601830005
- ISBN-13: 978-1601830005
- ASIN: 1601830009
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DEATH AROUND THE CORNER Paperback – January 1, 2007
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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.
"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."
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.
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
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