Winter Santiaga whois streetwise, smart, and tough, is the "phat" and "fly" daughter of a Brooklyn drug master, and is also the main character in thisWinter Santiaga whois streetwise, smart, and tough, is the "phat" and "fly" daughter of a Brooklyn drug master, and is also the main character in this novel. She and her sisters, Lexus, Mercedes, and Porsche have grown up used to a life of luxury afforded by her father.
They must have all the best labels for clothes, perfumes, and shoes. Her mother dresses like a queen and, with her family, enjoys life in a beautiful house that Winter's father buys them in the suburbs. The life all comes crashing down around them when her father is arrested and locked up, and the government takes all the family's money and possessions.
Winter's younger sisters are tooken away to foster families and her mother descends into crack cocaine addiction. Sister Souljah, who in a move many critics call a serious misstep, casts herself in the novel as the moral compass, opens her home to Winter, who lives there for a while, listening to Souljah's messages of self-love and community building. Never buying the rap, Winter drifts from man to man, finally herself is arrested for drug related charges and winds up serving a 15-year sentence for having (as she says) "a bad attitude." But really, she was basically in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The final chapter( my favorite chapter) could stand alone (it is a long novel). In it, Winter narrates being let out of prison to attend her mother's funeral. The chapter gets at the experience of prison, and the poignance of that experience for a 25-year old young woman who is incarcerated for non-violent drug-related charges (as the majority of women in the U.S. are). But while at the funeral, she sees her dad for the first timein years. Her sisters are adopted by her ex-lover,Midnight. Her oldest sister has the life Winter had before she was incarcerated, andmuch more. Winter wants to tell her that she's doing it all wrong and one day, if she continues, she will end up like her, but Winter holds her lecture inside of her. She realizes that everyone has to learn for herlself--like she did. "That's just the way it is" ...more
This fast-paced story is about a steamy, seamy underworld of crime and the man that runs the streets, Gideon. He's a character squaring off against hiThis fast-paced story is about a steamy, seamy underworld of crime and the man that runs the streets, Gideon. He's a character squaring off against his most intriguing adversary yet. During his first two books in this series, he captivated his audience with his sex life and his hit life. During this one, he does the same! :) All around the world, knocking off the contracts on his hitlist, and even escaping the contracts on him, Gideon manages to have a sex life and take care of his family of two, his adopted mother and little brother. While doing so, he finally runs in to the woman that has been trying to kill him, Detroit, and the tables have turned. There is no more running and escaping her. He is confronted, caught-up, and stuck between a rock and - death. Does he slip away? Or is this the last of Gideon? Mind-twisting, surprising, mysterious, and straight-forward. Gideon takes us through an adventure of his hitman life ... it may even be the last of it....more