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Publisher's Summary

Lamin Michaels learned at his mother's knee the importance of chasing paper, so it's no surprise he gets into the drug game when he's just a teenager. When he meets Zion, a product of the New York City foster care and prison systems, Lamin knows he's met the perfect partner in crime. Together they build a huge narcotics empire.

Then Lamin falls hard for a beautiful girl named Lucky. Lucky makes Lamin realize there's more to life than cash and more cash. When Lamin goes legit with a career in the entertainment industry, Zion tries to keep their business going on both the street and the boardroom. It's not long before Zion becomes the target of a corruption scandal involving murder, extortion, and money laundering. Once the dirt is exposed, will Lamin and Zion be able to remain one step ahead, or will their paper-chasing days haunt them forever?

©2005 Tracy Brown (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

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Couldn't Finish

I usually push through, but I just couldn't finish this book. No real plot to keep me interested. Based on the positive reviews, I'm not sure what I missed; however, it just didn't keep my attention.

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  • Molly
  • Encino, CA, United States
  • 03-23-16

Cliché

The best part of this book was the ending. I don't want to spoil it, but it's a different way to end what could have been just another cliché. The characters and plot line did fall under this category, however, which made the whole thing pretty tedious at times. The most realistic character was Papa.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend it. I think you can find something of a similar nature that's just better written and doesn't fall flat, as this does.

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Well written...

This is well written story with good character development.it held my interest the entire time that I listened.

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Talk about problems

So I'll be honest, I thought this book would be a struggle to finish. However as the story slowly unfold and the characters where built I begin to like it. There is enough ghetto to piss you off, enough struggle to make you sad, and enough love to make you yearn for what was once lost. The story was written in away to keep you interested. It's a great book and it will pass the time.

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👍👍👍👍

This is my first time hearing the works of Tracy Brown. I can truly say I enjoyed this book and the narrator Nicole Small did a great job.

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I enjoyed the book

I liked the book overall I loved the narrator she was amazing! I felt bad that Lamen made the decision to be with Dream instead of Lucky

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Stereotypical story

Narration was good, but story was so weak. The overall story reflects poorly on blacks by characterizing most of it actors to be most concerned with sex, drugs and vanity. even the best character, Papa, who helped guide Lamin and the family , did so without seeming to offer any set of moral guidelines, but rather how to get out while the getting is good. I don't feel I came away from this story better understanding how another culture lives their lives.

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Hate it

It's not entertaining I'm 3 hours n and already tired of Olivia and Zion I thought the book was about the other dude and lucky smh I forgot his name

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  • 06-13-17

Excellent story!

I was so absorbed into this story, that there was a point I cried. It was well written and performed with great life lessons for all.

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1st book I have ever wanted to return

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

you will only like this book if you like terrible narrators with voices that just irritate you

What could Tracy Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

not write it

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I could not listen to them they drove me crazy

What character would you cut from Criminal Minded?

all of them

Any additional comments?

This is the first book I have not been able to get through. Some in the past have come close but this one wins as I could not get through any more than 6 chapters. awful