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Death Around The Corner [Paperback]

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Dec 26 2006
From multi-platinum rap star C-Murder comes his debut novel--a gritty, compelling, and unforgettable story of surviving on the deadly streets of New Orleans...

There's A Time To Go Hard, And A Time To Chill...

The day the cops took his daddy away for murder, a new emotion gripped five-year-old Daquan Watson's heart: Hate. It would stay with him as he came up in The Calliope, New Orleans' most notorious, drug-infested housing projects, where every brother is a soldier goin' to war every day. Grandma Mama does her best to raise him the right way, but those streets keep calling. Trying to get ahead in such a harsh environment can make your heart turn cold--unless you learn how to listen to your guardian angel...

There's A Time To Take One For The Team...

But the violence at The Calliope is nothing compared to what Daquan experiences doing time at Scotland Correctional Center for youth, watching cats get stabbed over card games, young boys get raped, and racism of the worst kind, even from the black guards. A voice inside tells him he'd better learn to use his anger--instead of letting it use him, ya heard?

And A Time To Think For Yourself...

From the moment Daquan heard his first blast of hip hop, the music spoke to him, and for him. While his friends are getting their street hustle cracking, his way with words is leading him in another direction. With a good woman by his side, he's owning up to his responsibilities and building a new future with New Orleans' biggest rap label. But what about his homies in The CP3--will they ever be truly free? Daquan knows his hardened heart will never allow him to become a victim. He can only pray it won't allow him to become a predator...

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Books - Kensington (Dec 26 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601830009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601830005
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #507,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  37 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good Read!!! March 29 2007
By Delonya Conyers {Hotchklate} - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I admit to being somewhat hesitant to purchase this book. C-Murder being a rapper does not neccesarily mean that he would be a good author. I know that rappers tell stories but those stories are done to blazing beats so my question was could C-Murder produce a blazing book? I was pleasantly surprised that he could.

Death Around The Corner managed to captivate me while telling the tale of Daquan who's struggling to survive being poor in New Orleans'Calliope projects. The typical urban formula is apparent in the book, tragic childhood breeds contempt for law enforcement which in turn spurns a life of crime. But what makes Death Around The Corner rise above similar books was it's ability to portray a moral message to it's readers.

A message so clearly depicted that I'll be happily requiring my teenage son to read this book to help spark a positive dialogue about life choices. A dialogue that a C-Murder album could never inspire which definately proves that this rapper can provide a service to young black men.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Ain't Enough to Be Good Dec 22 2007
By OOSA Online Book Club - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In an instant, young Daquan Watson's world was turned upside down. One act of violence has shattered the family life he once knew. Now living with Grandma Mama in The Calliope Projects, Third Ward, a notorious, drug-infested housing projects, it's just a matter of time before the lure of the streets is too much to resist. With death around every corner, will Daquan escape?

And with that, DEATH AROUND THE CORNER heads off into a violent, complicated, gritty and fascinating storyline. Books about the hood appear in a steady flow today and the flow just seems to continue to increase. However, quantity does not make up for quality. DEATH AROUND THE CORNER beats the odds. C-Murder's gripping account of one young man's experiences adds immeasurably to one's understanding of the challenges faced by many of our black youth. Its setting is rich in local color and local characters. DEATH AROUND THE CORNER proves to be exciting, with a jaw-dropping climax. Multi-platinum rapper C-Murder takes a gamble and wins, so does the reader. Maybe he can do for New Orleans literary what his brother Master P has done for New Orleans ' rap scene. Highly recommend. Looking forward to Tru Publishing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "This urban novel is an absolutely riveting read that tells it like it is, straight with no chaser." Jan. 3 2007
By Books2Mention Magazine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Death Around The Corner is an outstanding read. It distributes a hard dose of reality in the hood."

"At the tender age of five Daquan Watson witnesses a murder committed by his father, who ends up in prison for life. His mother is a drug addict and soon abandons him, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother."

"Unfortunately, Daquan is exposed to drug dealing from his cousin Jerome. He has aspirations of becoming a rapper, but decides to deal drugs for a while until he can get his music career started."

"A drug bust occurs and Jerome is sent to prison. Daquan is asked to step in and run things for Jerome with his connection Mandi."

"As Daquan becomes deeply involved in the drug game, one of his buddies becomes envious. Just when Daquan gets a chance to sign with No Limit Records as a rap artist and decides to stop selling drugs, his best friend Nut turns on him and his life is put in jeopardy."

"The message is definitely clear in this dramatic tale. Death can truly be around the corner for those who get caught up in this deadly game."

"Corey "C-Murder" Miller does an awesome job depicting this gritty tale. He paints this story so vividly that readers can't help but to visualize it and learn from it. This urban novel is an absolutely riveting read that tells it like it is, straight with no chaser."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T SLEEP ON THIS..... Dec 1 2007
By L. Romich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I cannot believe that I slept on this book for so long. From the first to the last page it grips you. C-Murder has some serious talent in the writing game, I can not wait to see what he has in store for us next and with his new publishing label. I will be buying anything he drops. This book deserves more than five stars. ONE of the best books I have ever read! Pick this book up you will not be disappointed!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE REALEST NOVEL OUT THERE! April 14 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
THIS STORY WAS ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS I HAVE READ IN A HOT MINUTE! C-MURDER KEPT IT VERY RAW, GUTTER, STREET, AND ON TOP OF IT ALL, VERY REALISTIC! WHO SAYS THAT RAPPERS ARE ONE DIMENSIONAL? I WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT BOOK FROM HIM.

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