Monday, February 6, 2012

Murder On The Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young


by Pamela Samuels Young

Goodreads:

A high-profile lawsuit erupts into chaos, revealing its place in a larger spree of violence in this scandalous tale of lust, lies, and vengeance. A brazen gunman is targeting prominent African American men on the streets of Los Angeles, and police are completely baffled. At the same time, savvy big-firm attorney Vernetta Henderson and her outrageous sidekick, Special, lead the charge for revenge against a man whose deceit caused his fiancé good enough. While she exacts her own brand of justice, a shocking revelation connects the contentious lawsuit and the puzzling murders.

Review:

When their best friend Maya, dies from AIDS related complications, three friends cook up a plan to get revenge on her fiancé who had been living a double life. To make matters worse, affluent African American men are being gunned down in Los Angeles, but nobody knows why. Will these friends get the justice they seek or will they uncover more than they bargained for?

Murder On The Down Low explores the complications of the "down low" experience.  Many of the male characters in the book lead heterosexual lives, while engaging in homosexual activities on the side, often devastating the women who loved them along the way.

Pamela Samuels Young puts this moral dilemma on the table, while exploring the importance of accountability, and politics of the legal world (from the law offices to the courtroom).  She reveals the emotional trauma that can occur when people are unable to be true to themselves and the consequences that one must be face as a result.

I really enjoyed this book, it had a strong storyline and solid characters; but what I liked best is the fact that the story was told from all sides. In these situations, everyone involved is a victim to some extent, whether by intent or default. All voices, from all perspectives, are represented, giving the reader a true-to-life, three dimensional, view point.

I give it:


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I received a free ebook copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The views expressed are my own.

2 comments:

Sidne said...

I also enjoyed reading about this great mystery writer.

Marce said...

This was a great get you thinking story, I enjoyed it also.

Try Buying Time by her also, another good one.

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