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Got (Seven Weapon Arsenal)

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A book by D

At the start of the pseudonymous D's gritty, streetwise debut, written in the second person, a 24-year-old bagman working for a Brooklyn mobster gets ripped off by a stripper in a seedy club. Thereafter the bagman desperately scrambles to recover the … see full wiki

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Author: D
Publisher: Akashic Books
1 review about Got (Seven Weapon Arsenal)

When I Would Do Good, Evil is Always Present

  • Sep 2, 2008
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In the gritty, fast-paced novella, Got, D, a new writer to Akashic Books, deftly weaves a rare second person narrative of a nameless protagonist who cannot seem to catch a break. "He" witnesses his father's death and his mother demise by drugs, stays in various foster homes, and is finally rescued as an adolescent by a couple who give him a middle-class sense of family. But after his first year of college, he comes home to find them being carried out in body bags, and he again is an orphan, left to survive on his own.

He has a cushy job making drops for Tony Star; all he has to do is pick up and deliver and he gets a thousand dollars a week, enough to pay tuition and indulge in a beautiful sexy piece. Only this time something goes wrong, the money is gone, and Tony is threatening bodily harm, demanding his due. He has been got. Big time. He should have known better. Could he have been set up? He returns to the old NewYork neighborhood and enlists the help of his homeboys, Chief and Will. It does not take long for things to spiral out of control, leaving him wondering just what is up. Who is out to get him?

These 171 pages, a well-written tale, packs a lot of grit with a tightly woven plot. The second person point-of-view, rarely used in fiction works well; not every writer can pull it off, but D does it seamlessly without compromising the storyline. The gunplay and chase scenes against the New York City landscape, as well as the pacing, adds just enough drama to get one caught up in the reality of the characters. Fast-paced and filled with surprises, Got by D is recommended for those who love urban literature.

Dera R. Williams
APOOO BookClub

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