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Beautiful, young, educated-but-unschooled Amanda is struggling. She is not from the street but finds herself having to deal with the street. ("Amanda, an endearing character to whom the reader is immediately drawn..."; Steve Proctor, "Record-Transcript".) Her handsome-but-older lover is a local businessman with connections on both sides of the law. Amanda tries to cope with unexpected events and the surprising actions of those she thought she knew. Detective Garrett is a seasoned investigator called upon to unravel a homicide. Garrett grapples with the unforeseen consequences of the case while trying to balance police work and family life.

This book's story opens at a time of change, both societal and personal--1987. The national defense budget is growing, consumer protection measures are being scaled back, and money for the working class is getting tighter. Crack cocaine has hit communities with the destructive force of a megaton bomb. Crime rates are on the rise, street culture is changing and the old rules no longer seem to apply. At the same time, designer fashions, European automobiles, and big spending are in vogue. Women are asserting their power more openly. Priorities, personal values, and who and what to believe in come into question.

These and other factors complicate matters and threaten to interrupt the normal flow of life as Amanda, Garrett, and other memorable characters try to rise above the swirling tides in this absorbing, multi-layered tale.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

This life-affirming book of rhymes offers a peek at some thoughts of one who has experienced America (primarily from the "urban" perspective) from the Pre-Civil Rights Era to the birth and proliferation of Hip-Hop Culture.

Some people ask, "What's WRONG with young people?" This book asks,"What's wrong with YOUNG people?" declaring that people are just people and exhibit more commonalities than differences as we come to grips with the trials of being human.

Saint or sinner? Player or hater? Is there a thin line between extremes, or are there qualities of both that can be glimpsed in many of us at one time or another? These questions and others may come to mind as you ponder "Don't Judge Me". And see if "Old And Broke, the Playa Hata's Anthem" doesn't bring a smile to your lips as you consider its implications. Feel the different modes of love engendered by "First Love", "Through The Pain", and the verses addressed to the youthful daughter and son.

The flowing, plain-language verses offer dynamic studies of love and loss, temptation, self-discovery, steadfastness in the face of adversity, as well as tolerance, patience, and acceptance. You are sure to recognize someone you know in one or more of these rhymes...maybe even yourself.

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