Naeema "Queen" Cole takes care of herself. From the death of her parents when she was just eleven years old to when she found herself pregnant and alone at sixteen, Naeema has had to make her own way in the world. Read more...
Naeema "Queen" Cole takes care of herself. From the death of her parents when she was just eleven years old to when she found herself pregnant and alone at sixteen, Naeema has had to make her own way in the world. She gave up her son for adoption and became an apprentice at a barber shop, making just enough money to pay the bills and get high. She tried being a wife, but ultimately found that she and Tank, now her ex-husband, are better friends and occasional lovers than partners. Naeema prefers to be on her own; no responsibilities, no rules.
But the sudden and brutal murder of Brandon, the son she never knew, forces Naeema to reconsider the way she has lived her life. Brandon was involved with a notorious band of Newark bank robbers, and Naeema is convinced his gang life was her fault. Desperate to avenge her son's death and determined to take justice into her own hands, Naeema becomes "Queen" as she infiltrates the gang to discover her boy's killer. But when she starts to fall for the leader of the crew, will she still have the resolve to do what must be done?
Filled with gritty realism and unexpected plot twists, this page-turner will keep you guessing as Naeema struggles to do whatever it takes to right her wrongs.
- ISBN-13: 9781476755304
- ISBN-10: 1476755302
- Publisher: Touchstone Books
- Publish Date: August 2014
- Page Count: 275
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-09
- Reviewer: Staff
This crisply written urban thriller from Mink (Real Wifeys: Hustle Hard) introduces a street-savvy protagonist, Naeema Cole, who is both a villain and a heroine. After a wild teenage life, she matures into a vivacious barber and a homeowner. When Naeema learns that her 14-year-old son whom she gave up at birth has been brutally murdered, she reinvents herself as “Queen” in order to infiltrate the vicious gang she holds responsible for his death. Her dual identities and the desperate attempts keep them separate cleverly showcase Naeema’s multifaceted character, so readers both understand and empathize with her plight. Each gang member inadvertently reveals another piece to an increasingly convoluted puzzle, and Naeema’s twisted relationship with the ruthless gang leader becomes a treacherous battle of wits and a deadly race against time. Fast-paced action, sizzling erotic sex, and a heartwarming kick-ass heroine will have newcomers and urban fiction fans alike eagerly awaiting Naeema’s next escapade. Agent: Claudia Menza, Menza-Barron Agency. (Aug.)