Synopses & Reviews
"Have you ever wanted something so bad you was willing to crawl over bodies to get it? I mean, fiend for it so hard it didnt matter who you hurt, how low you had to scrape, it was gonna be yours? That's what music and balling did for me. They were the fundamentals behind my rise...and the perpetrators of my fall. They called me Harlem's black prince a rising star who carried street dreams on his back. But the streets, ya know. They got a way of coming for theirs. A method of sneaking up on you when you ain't looking..."
Andre "Thug-A-Licious" Williams came up on Harlem's meanest streets. But thanks to his nearly ankle-breaking hoop moves and explosive mic skills, he makes it outand dominates the rap scene with chart-topping urban hits.
Thug has sexed all the hottest freaks and has a slew of baby mamas to show for it. But no matter how many women he takes to his bed, only one can claim his heart: successful beauty salon owner Carmiesha "Lil Muddah" Vernoy, his ride-or-die queen who has stuck by his side and guarded his back through thick and thin.
But Thug also has a nightmarish history with someone else. Pimp Williams, his older cousin and expartner in crime, is a cold-blooded killer who spreads havoc all over Harlem and will stop at nothing to get what he wants even if it means betraying his own family, crushing Carmiesha, and forcing Harlem's black prince down to his knees and back to his bloody beginnings.
"Following street lit sensation Candy Licker, Noire returns to gangsta Harlem to tell the tale of Andre 'Thug-a-Licious' Williams, a 'Dawg-4-Lyfe' whose death is announced in the preface and whose life unfurls in a series of dark, stop-start flashbacks. At the time of his death, Dre, or Thug, was, improbably, 'the baddest NBA rookie in the league,' who was, at the same time, a rapper with a 'club-banging album with triple platinum potential.' Noire doesn't show us much of Thug's practice on the court or time in the studio (though a number of his rhymes are strewn through the narrative): the action is concentrated on his dick (which is big) and his exploits (nine children by nine different mothers by page 257, along with herpes). Through it all, Dre loves Carmiesha 'Muddah' Vernoy, with whom he's hoping to settle down. He shields her from his criminal activity with cousins Pimp and Smoove (Carl and Todd Williams). It's Pimp who does the worst of it, and who also does time in jail while Thug accepts a basketball scholarship to Syracuse. Meanwhile, Muddah, who has gone to college and started her own beauty salon, Locks of Love, is keeping a secret that will eventually catch up with her and with Thug. The plot sputters, and the lives of all concerned are unrelentingly grim, but the sex really is hot. (On sale Aug. 29)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Urban erotica has never been hotter!" Nikki Turner, author of Riding Dirty on I-95