The Dying Ground
Billy: dead. Felicia: missing.
None of the words made sense together, but the doom I'd expected announced itself. I felt iron in my mouth, like I'd gargled with pennies, a taste like blood, a bitter taste that always followed bad news.
The setting is Oakland, 1989; the crack epidemic is at its height and turf wars are brewing. Maceo Redfield, currently on hiatus from college, is walking a fine line between respectability and involvement in Oakland's drug underworld. As he waits in the neighborhood barbershop, one of his closest childhood friends, Holly Ford, brings him the news of the murder of Billy Crane, the third member of their childhood trio and a successful drug dealer. Felicia, Billy's girlfriend and Maceo's true love, is on the run and suspected of setting up the hit. As he searches for Felicia and the answer to the mystery of Billy's murder, Maceo is drawn deeper into a world in which dealers, players, and interlopers, obeying a code of honor all their own, engage in a deadly game to capture the heart of Oakland. When Maceo uncovers the truth about Billy, the story builds to a terrifying and painful climax.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - a1abwriter - LibraryThing
I loved this book so much. If you are from Oakland you should read this book. I did not like her other book too much though (the last king) it just did not compare to this one Read full review
The dying ground: a hip-hop noir novelUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This debut mystery in the Striver's Row imprint features Maceo Redfield, a disillusioned baseball star who has dropped out of college. Investigating the murder of a childhood chum, Maceo finds himself in the thick of the Oakland drug wars of 1989. Read full review