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The Dying Ground: A Maceo Redfield Novelby Nichelle D. 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.
When he discovers that his childhood friend, successful drug dealer Billy Crane, has been murdered, ex-baseball star and college dropout Maceo Redfield sets out to uncover the truth about the crime and to find Billy's girlfriend, Felicia Bennett, the object of Maceo's own unrequited love, who has mysteriously vanished. A first novel. Original. 25,000 first printing.
It's 1989 in Oakland, California, and crack cocaine is on the rise. Between Tiananmen Square, AIDS, George Bush, Howard Beach, and the rise of New Kids on the Block, there is a feeling in the air that the world is changing — and not for the better. This becomes all the more apparent on a hot October day for Maceo Redfield, a former rising baseball star and current college dropout, when he is told that Billy Crane, a prominent drug dealer and one of his best friends from childhood, has been murdered. As Maceo attempts to learn more about Billy's murder — mainly to find Felicia Bennett, Billy's girlfriend and the love of Maceo's life — he gets pulled closer and closer into Billy's world. The repercussions of Maceo's investigation for himself, his family, and his friends are both terrifying and tragic in this very satisfying African-American mystery.
About the Author
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.
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