Dark by Kenji Jasper
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Thai Williams is walking a thin line between two worlds. On one side he has his job as a filing clerk for the Washington, D.C., Department of Public Works, his girlfriend Sierra, and his plans for going to college. But on the other, darker side there are his friends Snowflake and Ray Ray, men who run the neighborhood streets dodging the dangers of the criminal life and its after-effects. But that thin line disappears when Thai walks in on Sierra with another man, whom he eventually kills in a haze of jealousy and confusion. From there Thai finds himself on the run and away from the five-block stretch where he’s lived for all his life. He finds his way to Charlotte, where Enrique, his closest friend of all, has moved in search of a better life. In the course of the week that follows, Thai encounters a series of men and women who show him aspects of life he never dreamed of in his narrow ghetto existence. All of them are looking for answers, but it is Thai who must find his own path out of the dark and into the clear light of moral responsibility and repentance for his actions.

In his first novel, Kenji has written a haunting portrait of his own urban generation, shadowed (and often erased) by violence, but determined to make their own mark on the world.
 

About Kenji Jasper

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Writing since the age of 8, D has never held a legitimate job in his life. His words, however, have appeared in VIBE and other urban publications. An Atlanta native, he currently lives in an ungentrified neighborhood near you. Kenji Jasper is the author of three novels, including Dark and Snow, one work of nonfiction, The House on Childress Street, and coeditor of Beats, Rhymes and Life, a collection of critical writings on hip hop culture. He has contributed articles and essays to National Public Radio, the Village Voice, VIBE, the Charlotte Observer, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Essence.
 
Published September 6, 2001 by Broadway Books. 260 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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After some time with E, Thai ends up partying with white people—they’re unexpectedly friendly—befriending a troubled girl named Alicia, and making occasional love with neighboring flight attendant Robin.

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In a new twist on the growing genre of "thug noir," Jasper tells the poignant story of 19-year-old Thai Williams, whose life is turned upside down when he kills a rival for his girl's affections after walking in on the two in bed together.

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Open Book Society

Alayna Williams has for me, done something different – created a world, and a character that is as fiercely based in the human world as she is in the supernatural parts of it – Tara, the main character is a criminal profiler, an every day job in comparison to the vampires, witches, warlocks and a...

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Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.

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He has already lost his wife and will not go through that pain again.But when Saffron is once again in the clutches of the enemy, all thoughts of Allison go out the window as he will give anything, including his own life, to get Saffron back once more.Of all the women that have been in this serie...

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I feel with a spin-off series like this that it’s important to point out that I never read the original series, Dark Sword, so I feel that I may have been at a disadvantage when it comes to starting this series.

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With all the talks of birth control from Danielle mentioning she forgot to have Ian use a condom, to the spell the women of MacLeod Castle use to prevent pregnancy, and all the mentions of why others have decided not to have kids, I thought for sure Danielle would end up conceiving (and my bet wa...

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And extreme blind-dating was very vintage T.” Kyrian and Amanda are released, but are told that their captor, Desiderius, is giving them until night to come hunting them knowing that Kyrian will do anything to keep her safe even if it costs him his life.

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For some reason I love cocky men in the books I read and Cain definitely fits the bill.

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And, lastly it couldn’t have been more obvious that Geoff was being played for a fool when Haven begged him to sit with her in her cell.

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It is more of a mind thriller with a romance that doesn’t take over the story, so I can see both young adults and adults enjoying this book.

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Thus begins a feud between Ever and Haven fueled by Haven’s irrational belief that Ever is jealous and out to ruin her life.

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Eli is determined to destroy Victorian and this new monster as well so Riley can live a normal life.

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But when Riley and her best friend, Nyx, find him floating above his bed in his sleep Riley calls Preacher in for help.

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