Crime Partners (Kenyatta #1)
Goines's powerful first novel in the Kenyatta series lays bare the bloody, brutal world of crime in the black ghetto--where, as Goines puts it, "kindness is the sweetest con of all." Here is the gutsy and often shocking world of Billy and Jackie, prison buddies on the streets and hot on the trigger.
This book definitely isn't fun in the way that Himes' books are. Jackie and Billy don't really banter, and there aren't comic characters here, really. Instead, there ...more
It's a very angry book: a militant revenge fantasy with "utopian" elements (of a sort) by an African-American ex-con. Given the subject matter- and how the impetus of its acrimony is playing itself out in a very real way in the life of today's America- it's not worth criticizing its substance, style, or structure.
I didn't enjoy reading this book (I wasn't supposed to), but somehow I feel compelled to complete the overarching st ...more
The story goes back and forth between to cops buddies and Billy and Jackie and neither part is more interesting than the other. I don't know how he did it but Goines can make ordering pizza fascinating to me. The writing is awesome, like I've always seen so far with his books.