T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.

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Grove Press, Aug 1, 2009 - Fiction - 328 pages
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The follow up to his best-selling memoirMonster, Sanyika Shakur’sT.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. is a vicious, heart-wrenching and true-to-life novel about an LA gang member that masterfully captures the violence and depravity of gang life. Shakur’s protagonist is Lapeace, the leader of the Eight Tray Crips gang in South Central Los Angeles. In a deadly gunfight with Anyhow, a Blood and Lapeace’s rival since childhood, eight innocent civilians are killed. Anyhow is captured. Lapeace becomes a fugitive and he must hide out in the home of his girlfriend, Tashima, a hip-hop mogul as a pair of crooked LA detectives, John Sweeney and Jesse Mendoza, attempt to track him down.
This novel was written from the confines of Shakur’s jail cell, and the authenticity of its street scenes—the relentlessness of violence, the do-or-die attitude of each side of the gang war, the sheer joy in the killing—is a testament to the hell that has been a majority of Shakur’s life. WithT.H.U.G. L.I.F.E., Shakur delivers a powerful and gripping story about the terror of gang life and one man’s attempt to free himself.

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User Review  - vfranklyn - LibraryThing

Eh. I finished it, so I guess it wasn't that bad. I just really couldn't relate at all to the story or the characters. It's amazing how completely different a culture can be and still be American. Read full review

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Could not put this book down...


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
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About the author (2009)

Sanyika Shakur, aka Kody Scott, was born in 1963 and grew up in South Central Los Angeles. He is the author of Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member.

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