Urban Fiction

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Need a little more dark and gritty in your life? Urban ficton/street lit focuses on darker characters, and the socio-economic impacts and murky side of city living. If you like books with a little more edge, buckle up. You're in for a treat.

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author K'wan
Description: It's been months since Kahllah El-Amin hung up her pistols and retired from the murder-for-hire business, leaving behind her days of dealing in death and espionage in favor of a quiet desk job. After so many years of searching, Kahllah has finally found peace. But when a police officer is murdered and a familiar flower is left at the crime scene, all signs point to it being the work of the Black Lotus. Someone is trying to frame her! The case is handed to Detective James Wolf, a former adversary who has since become a friend to Kahllah. His orders are to bring in the Black Lotus, dead or alive. To clear her name, Kahllah once again must don the mask of the Black Lotus. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: FIC Kwa
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
C. N. Phillips
Description: While most young people are just getting their footing in life, Bryshon "Boogie" Tolliver is already being groomed to be a boss by his father, Barry Tolliver. He has dreams of being the most prominent chef in New York, but then Barry is murdered in cold blood and everything he built is left at Boogie's feet. Now his dreams are replaced with a new resolve: to prove himself worthy of upholding his father's legacy. Boogie takes his rightful place at the table of the Five Families of New York and is quickly taken under the wing of Caesar, the head of the organization. The deeper in Boogie gets, the more obsessed he becomes with finding his father's murderer. When all signs point to the person Boogie knows is untouchable, he'll do anything to even the score... even if it costs him his seat at the table. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: FIC Phi
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
1985- author Ashley Antoinette
Description: "Morgan Atkins is used to losing but losing Messiah Williams was the most tragic loss of them all. Surely, after Messiah, no other man could compare. Settling with Sebastian Fredrick didn't seem like such an impossible task. He treated her well enough, he accepted her children, and he offered her entrance into a well-connected world. There was only one problem: He wanted to change her into someone else. The rules that went along with his lifestyle suffocated her and when Morgan reconnected with Messiah's crew, she no longer wanted to play by Bash's rules. When she falls in love with Messiah's best friend, Ahmeek Harris, she knows she's headed for trouble. His presence heals her in a way that no man has ever been able to before. Their love affair is electric. Morgan is uncertain about many things, but one this she's sure of is that she can't let this feeling go"--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Ash
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Angie Thomas, Angie. Hate u give Thomas
Description: Maverick feels strongly about family ties, making choices he feels necessary to help support his mom while his King father serves time, and leave him literally holding his son in a doctor's waiting room after he gets paternity test results back and his babymomma ghosts. Now the child he's raising is impacting the lives of his family and his girlfriend, and the gang life he led to support them all financially could leave them all bearing his responsibilities since it endangers his life. It looks like he may have been offered a chance to go straight, but leaving the King Lords won't be easy, and a "real" job has high demand for low return.
Call Number: YA FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Carl Weber
Description: "Singing sensation Savannah Kirby has won thirteen Grammys and married the man of her dreams in superstar rapper/ actor Kyle Kirby. Together they are of one of the most dynamic and powerful couples in entertainment--until Kyle is found murdered and Savannah is arrested for the crime. Things don't look good for the singer when she can't keep her stories straight and her bloody fingerprints are found on the murder weapon. Even with famed attorney Bradley Hudson and his family of lawyers handling her case, it looks like Savannah is headed to jail. However, this isn't Bradley's first rodeo, and he's always got an ace up his sleeve."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Web
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Fiona Mozley
Description: "Pungent, steamy, insatiable Soho; the only part of London that truly never sleeps. Tourists dawdling, chancers skulking, addicts shuffling, sex workers strutting, punters prowling, businessmen striding, the homeless and the lost. Down Wardour Street, ducking onto Dean Street, sweeping into L'Escargot, darting down quiet back alleyways, skirting dumpsters and drunks, emerging on to raucous main roads, fizzing with energy and riotous with life.On a corner, sits a large townhouse, the same as all its neighbours. But this building hosts a teeming throng of rich and poor, full from the basement right up to the roof terrace. Precious and Tabitha call the top floors their home but it's under threat; its billionaire-owner Agatha wants to kick the women out to build expensive restaurants and luxury flats. Men like Robert, who visit the brothel, will have to go elsewhere. Those like Cheryl, who sleep in the basement, will have to find somewhere else to hide after dark. But the women won't go quietly. Soho is their turf and they are ready for a fight."--Publisher.
Call Number: FIC Moz
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Treasure Hernandez
Description: Desiree Johnson hasn't been home to Idlewild, MIchigan in over seventeen years, but she and her son, Tyree, rush there when she receives news about her father. Tyson Rockwell is taken aback by her return. Their summer relationship was once powerful, but he succumbed to family pressure and let Desiree go. Now that she's back, he vows it will not happen again. He needs to prove to Desiree that he never stopped loving her-- despite his wife and children. Meanwhile Desiree's siblings, Donna and Ernest, Jr., have their own share of childhood secrets and adult scandals-- and their father's recovery will jeopardize their plans. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: FIC Her
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Raynesha Pittman
Description: With both parents in love with their addiction to freebasing cocaine, Ethan found it easier to pack up and leave his home city years ago. Crossing many miles, he landed in Tennessee, where his survival instincts and drive to succeed led him to become the deadliest kingpin in Memphis. He goes by the name of Minister, and he prefers to fly under the radar, making moves that can only be traced back to a ghost whose origin and location are a mystery.
Call Number: FIC Pit
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Kiki Swinson
Description: "She killed her abusive boyfriend in self-defense. But in jail, violent female gangs paid off by her enemies keep her fearing for her life--and land her in the hospital. From there, a medical testing facility is her one dubious hope for some kind of safety. But from the moment she hits the yard, she and other prisoners are victimized by illegal medical experiments. Injected with lethal diseases and made a test subject for experimental vaccines, she's clinging to determination by the slimmest thread--until she forms an alliance with a Corrections Officer." -- provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Swi
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Kiki Swinson
Description: "A former journalist with a knack for unraveling dirty secrets, Khloé Mercer figures if she's going to risk her life, she might as well make big money as a private investigator. But this reckless newbie needs a major case to make her name - and really show she can handle Norfolk, Virginia's toughest streets ... When a narcotics detective's widow needs someone to investigate her disgraced husband's so-called suicide, Khloé jumps at the lucrative fee - and the clues that the Norfolk Police Department is rotten from top to bottom. And with formidable backup from her ex-felon uncle, she turns the city upside-down to uncover the truth ... But Khloé's cage-rattling tactics and high-wire strategies threaten both the cops and the city's brutal underworld alike. Now, with her life in the crosshairs and no one she can trust, she'll find that building a reputation comes with a price she may not survive to pay." --Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Swi
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Carl Weber, La Jill Hunt
Description: "From the time he was a boy in Georgia, LC Duncan, patriarch and leader of the Duncan clan, has battled racism. Even now that he and his family are truly successful, the racism can still be in-your-face. Maybe it's the political climate or perhaps it's just bad timing, but LC and the rest of the Duncans are being challenged by the ultimate power-hungry racist, Sheriff KD Shrugs. Nevada Duncan is at that age when girls and sex are always on his mind. His handsome face and superior intellect attract Kia, the beautiful 'Blasian' call girl who tempts him into running away to a place where the Duncans are definitely not wanted-El Paso, Texas, the home of KD Shrugs. What is the worst thing that can happen to a handsome, rich millennial? Rio Duncan would say it's mistaken identity after being beat down in a nightclub by someone who thinks he's Roman Johnson, a stickup kid who happens to be Rio's doppelganger. What happens next will open up the biggest can of worms the Duncans have ever had to deal with. Get ready for another roller coaster ride with the Duncan family" -- Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Web
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Briana Cole
Description: "Kimera Davis thought she was finally free from marrying-for-money--and living way too many lies. Until her obsessed ex-husband ignited the ultimate dark hoax, a spectacularly malicious deception that's left her family, and her best friend, Adria, reeling. Now Kimera and her young son are prisoners at a remote estate, under the thumb of her ex's powerful father. And she has only one slender chance of escape." -- Publisher marketing.
Call Number: FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Briana Cole
Description: "Kimera Davis thought she was finally free from marrying for money - and living way too many lies. Until her obsessed ex-husband ignited the ultimate dark hoax, a malicious deception that's left her family and her best friend, Adria, reeling. Now Kimera and her young son are prisoners at a remote estate, under the thumb of her ex's powerful father. Suddenly Kimera is getting dangerously close to an unlikely ally, but even she can t be sure if she's playing him, if what they have is real... And there's no guarantee that her calculations will earn her and her son's freedom - or cost more than her survival is worth."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
JaQuavis Coleman
Description: "As a painter travels the world, he mourns the death of his wife, but finds an escape through his art. Until an unexpected knock at the door takes his otherwise secluded life on a dramatic turn. The guest presents a problem that traps them inside of a home for 72 hours, and the quiet suburban estate becomes the devil's playground. The painter is then thrown into a psychological game with twists and turns that lead to an unforeseeable ending..."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
A. E. Osworth
Description: "Eliza Bright was living the dream as an elite video game coder at Fancy Dog Games when her private life suddenly became public. But is Eliza Bright a brilliant, self-taught coder bravely calling out the toxic masculinity and chauvinism that pervades her workplace and industry? Or, is Eliza Bright a woman who needs to be destroyed to protect "the sanctity of gaming culture"? It depends on who you ask... When Eliza reports an incident of workplace harassment that is quickly dismissed, she's forced to take her frustrations to a journalist who blasts her story across the Internet. She's fired and doxxed, and becomes a rallying figure for women across America. But she's also enraged the beast that is male gamers on 4Chan and Reddit, whose collective, unreliable voice narrates our story. Soon Eliza is in the cross-hairs of the gaming community, threatened and stalked as they monitor her every move online and across New York City. As the violent power of an angry male collective descends upon everyone in Eliza's life, it becomes increasingly difficult to know who to trust, even when she's eventually taken in and protected by an under-the-radar Collective known as the Sixsterhood. The violence moves from cyberspace to the real world, as a vicious male super-fan known only as The Inspectre is determined to exact his revenge on behalf of men everywhere. We watch alongside the Sixsterhood and subreddit incels as this dramatic cat-and-mouse game plays out to reach its violent and inevitable conclusion. This is an extraordinary, unputdownable novel that explores the dark recesses of the Internet and male rage, and the fragile line between the online world and real life. It's a thrilling story of female resilience and survival, packed with a powerful feminist message"-- Provided by publisher.Eliza Bright was living the dream as an elite video game coder at Fancy Dog Games. When she reports an incident of workplace harassment and it is dismissed, she takes her frustrations to a journalist who blasts her story across the Internet. Now Eliza's private life is public. Is she a brilliant, self-taught coder bravely calling out the toxic masculinity and chauvinism that pervades her workplace and industry? Or, is she a woman who needs to be destroyed to protect "the sanctity of gaming culture"? When Eliza is taken in and protected by an under-the-radar Collective known as the Sixsterhood, a vicious male super-fan known only as The Inspectre is determined to exact real-life revenge on behalf of men everywhere. -- adapted from jacket
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
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author K'wan
FIC Kwa
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Kiki Swinson
FIC Swi
Brooklyn
C. N. Phillips
FIC Phi
Public Enemy #1
Kiki Swinson
FIC Swi
Butterfly 2
1985- author Ashley Antoinette
FIC Ash
The Family Business 5
Carl Weber, La Jill Hunt
FIC Web
Concrete Rose
Angie Thomas, Angie. Hate u give Thomas
YA FIC Tho
The Hearts We Burn
Briana Cole
FIC Col
Death On The Beach
Carl Weber
FIC Web
The Hearts We Burn Briana Cole.
Briana Cole
LP FIC Col
Hot Stew : A Novel
Fiona Mozley
FIC Moz
The Streets Have No Queen
JaQuavis Coleman
FIC Col
Idlewild
Treasure Hernandez
FIC Her
We Are Watching Eliza Bright
A. E. Osworth
Memphis
Raynesha Pittman
FIC Pit