It takes a blind man to show Race the way…
The moment Race heard the gunshots
explode, he knew it was Vince. Somehow he just knew.
Throwing the remote across the room,
he leaped over the back of the ratty couch and flew down the dimly-lit stairs
out into the hot August night.
In this riveting teen novel, Race Paloma’s world violently turns
upside-down after his older brother, Vince, is murdered in a drive-by. Without
Vince’s strong leadership, their once-powerful, hood-ruling pack unravels at
the speed of light. The Deuce Dragons threaten takeover in their Cincinnati
As life closes in, Race has nowhere to turn. Vince’s tight homie
and joint-leader of their pack, Wynn, is sent off to juvie; the Deuce Dragons
pressure Race to be jumped in; his mother drowns her grief over Vince’s death
in extended drunken bouts; then Race is caught shoplifting and comes
face-to-face with the slammer. Could his world get any worse?
Vince used to say: “My
entire life, every freaking part of it, has been brought to you by the color
drab. And I do mean the drabbiest.”
Race’s new employer, a blind piano tuner named Stan, says: “…The truth of the matter is, each man
colors his own world.”
Who’s right? What voice will Race listen to?
Set in the year, 2001, this teen/young adult novel, replete with
gangs, knives, turf wars, car theft, ghetto lifestyle, and drive-by shootings,
is reminiscent of S.E. Hinton’s Outsiders.
High drama, and intense conflict will have readers—both young and old—
turning pages till the wee hours of the morning.