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Urban Fiction / Street Lit

Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed
by Marc Blatte
The search for a street-side assassin, a revenge-seeking Kosovo refugee, and wannabe rappers collide in a behind-the- scenes look at the recording industry.

Dog Fight, A Love Story
by Matt Burgess
One tense weekend in the life of Alfredo Batista, a 19-year-old Puerto Rican weed dealer trying to set up a dogfight to celebrate older brother’s release from prison.

Honor Thy Thug*
by Wahida Clark
A murdered son. Shattered bonds. Forbidden affairs. Blackmail. Hate. Lust. Love. Corruption. Four friends are torn apart by treachery in this continuing hip-hop soap opera.

Accidental Affair
by Eric Jerome Dickey
When allegations about his wife's infidelity are posted online, James, a screenwriter with a violent past, attacks his wife's lover, sparking a media frenzy that compels him to go into hiding and resort to extreme measures to protect his wife.

The Plot Against Hip Hop
by Nelson George
Hunter's investigation into his mentor's murder leads into a parallel history of hip hop, a place where renegade government agents, behind-the-scenes power brokers, and paranoid journalists know a truth that only a few hardcore fans suspect.

Family Ties
by Ernest Hill
The story of D'Ray Reid, who has put prison behind him and wants to repair his broken relationship with his mother, but lies and legal troubles haunt his every move.

Mirror Image
by Ice-T
Marcus "Crush" Casey should have it made ruling the streets of New York's underworld, but there's a new player in town who’s got his eye on taking Crush’s kingpin status.

by K’wan (Foye)
The gritty story of two brothers whose ghetto mafia family crumbles under the weight of murder and disloyalty.

Ride or Die
by Solomon Jones
A classic tale of a doomed relationship between bad boy Jamal, son of a North Philadelphia drug lord, and a beautiful, restless preacher's daughter who is attracted to the dark side.

Where There’s Smoke
by Terra Little
A former drug dealer must deal with ghosts from his past when he's reunited with one of his best customers.

Drowning Tucson
by Aaron Michael Morales

The hellish lives of several young Hispanic men in a world of gang violence, rape and murder in Arizona.

The Kid
by Sapphire
The electrifying story of nine-year-old Abdul Jones, the son of Push's unforgettable heroine, Precious (sequel to Push)

T.h.u.g. l.i.f.e.  
by Sanyika Shakur
A vicious, heart-wrenching and true-to-life novel about an LA gang member that masterfully captures the violence and depravity of gang life. (sequel to Monster)

Midnight and the Meaning of Love
by Sister Souljah
A Ninjutsu-trained warrior tracks his kidnapped wife.

Power & Beauty: A Love story of Life on the Streets*
by T.I. and David Ritz
From Chicago to New York, through drugs, women, and violence, Power makes the transition from boy to man and begins to question if those who have taught him.

The Family Business
by Carl Weber with Eric Pete
The Duncan family spends their days as upstanding citizens running one of New York's most respected car dealerships; but by night, they're ruthless criminals who control most of the East Coast drug traffic.

Dutch III: International Gangster*
by Teri Woods
With Dutch on trial for murder, his loyal lieutenant must hold things together when a powerful Nigerian dictator offers the organization a stake in the billion-dollar diamond trade.


Contemporary African American Romance / Suspense

Money Can’t Buy Love
by Connie Briscoe
The rags-to-riches-to-rags tale of Lenora Stone, a magazine photographer who is barely scraping by financially.

Aftermath: a Snapped Novel*
by Tracy Brown
“Against the backdrop of a high-profile murder case, four friends band together like never before as they confront the demons of their past and an uncertain future.”

Counterfeit Wives
by Phillip Thomas Duck
He's handsome, intelligent, romantic and every woman’s perfect husband. Too bad he's also three women's perfect husband.

by Adrianne Byrd
Marcel Taylor got his nickname, Casanova Brown, the old-fashioned way--he earned it. His life of privilege has been filled with the finer things and the finest women, but he's becoming bored with it all...until a mysterious seductress enters his world.

by Sasha Campbell
A “gritty cautionary tale about the realities of stripping as a career.”

Heat Wave
by Donna O. Hill
“A perfect beach read: wealthy New Yorkers, summer sun, and sizzling sexual chemistry.”

by Brenda Jackson
Though Kenna's afraid to give her heart to the man who could so easily break it, when her life is in jeopardy, she'll discover just how far a Madaris man will go when love is at stake.

Deceit & Devotion*
by R.M. Johnson
“A gripping story of passion and revenge, and a tapestry of family, love and loyalty.”

Secret Society
by Miasha
Just out of their teens, tricked out in Chanel, the "flyest girls out there" hit the fights, the games and the clubs, looking for men who like to spend their cash.

Heart’s Choice
by Celeste O. Norfleet
Their sensual chemistry is overwhelming except Jazz wants the one thing Devon can't give her‑a life away from the spotlight.

Ex-Girl to the Next Girl
by Daaimah S. Poole
Ever since Shonda stole Malik from his fiancee - at the altar no less - she's believed that marrying him would be her ticket to happiness, but things start to go downhill immediately.

Dirty Red*
by Vickie M. Stringer
A “nasty yet redemptive story of a ruthless woman warrior”

Daddy’s Maybe
by Pat Tucker
Parker Redman, after being forced to pay child support for a child that is not his, became an advocate for fathers unfairly hurt by the system, but a fed-up Serena is about to blow the lid off his hustle.

Project Chick II: What’s Done in the Dark*
by Nikki Turner
Tressa's life thrown into chaos and she is about to find out that nothing is as it seems.

Big Girls Do Cry
by Carl Weber
Sibling rivalry can escalate to open hostility, especially if your sister has married your rich ex-fiancé.

by Teri Woods
An action-filled story about the desperate life of one urban girl and the consequences of trying to break away.



Long Time Coming
by Vanessa Miller
In a novel that reads like the inspiring moments of a Tyler Perry movie, Miller brings hope to the hopeless as the fate of three children is suddenly in question.

A Promise of Forever Love
by Vanessa Miller
Yvonne Milner looks to God for strength to fight for her position as senior pastor, for the future of her church, and for the safety of her daughter, while her late husband's best friend fights to win her heart.


Classic Urban Fiction

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
by Oscar Hijuelos
The story of the Castillo brothers, from Havana to New York's Upper West Side.

Hellcats and Honeygirls
by Lawrence Block and Donald Westlake
Straightforward, raunchy stories…light on plot and heavy on drugs, guns, gold-hearted whores, manipulative lesbians, and charmingly hapless heroes.

Cotton Comes to Harlem
by Chester Himes
Con man Deke O'Hara is no sooner out of Atlanta's state penitentiary than he's back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime.

by Sapphire
Precious Jones, 16 years old and pregnant by her father with her second child, meets a determined and highly radical teacher who takes her on a journey of transformation and redemption.

Only In Audio

Cry Me a River
by Ernest Hill
Tyrone Stokes was imprisoned for shooting a man. His wife saw her chance to end their marriage and raise their son, Marcus, on her own. Now Tyrone has returned only to discover that Marcus has been convicted of the rape and murder of a white girl.

Trouble Man
by Travis Hunter
Jermaine Banks, father and committed partner, is also a pot dealer.  As he approaches 30 and suffers the loss of a close friend to gang violence, he realizes it's time for some changes.

Little Black Girl Lost 2*
by Keith Lee Johnson
A teenage girl deals with life, love and the murder of the man who killed her mother.

Real Wifeys
by Meesha Mink
Goldie Dennis has been her man's "wifey" for seven years. But when his real wife discovers their affair, Goldie is left to fend for herself.

Say It Ain’t So
by La Jill Hunt
When video vixen Paisley Lawrence and gospel singer Warren Cobb are in a near fatal car crash, the media is in a frenzy and so is Warren’s wife, but Paisley is wondering who is stalking her and why.


Around the Way Girls 8*
by B.L.U.N.T. and Meisha Camm  

Thugs and the Women Who Love Them
by Wahida Clark

by Erick S. Gray

Diamond Playgirls
by Miasha, Daaima S. Poole, Deja King, and T. Styles

Hittin’ the Bricks: An Urban Erotic Tale
by Noire

Another Man Will
by Daaimah S. Poole (2012)

Sleeping with the Enemy
by Wahida Clark and Kiki Swinson

Low Town
by Daniel Polansky

Heist (2010) and Notorious
by Kiki Swinson

Something on the Side
by Carl Weber

True to the Game*
by Teri Woods


*part of a series

Related Link: Street Literature blog