The Dying Ground by Nichelle Tramble

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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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About Nichelle Tramble

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Nichelle D. Tramble is at work on the sequel to The Dying Ground, and lives in California and New York. This is her first novel.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published March 10, 2001 by Villard. 301 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Another from Villard's new Strivers Row imprint for African-American fiction (see Brown, above), this "hip-hop noir" in the Walter Mosley/Easy Rawlins tradition follows failed basketball powerhouse Maceo Redfield as he investigates the murder of Billy Crane, his childhood best friend turned drug ...

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