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Crime Partners (Paperback)
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Donald Goines, one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century, has influenced many of today's urban writers with his gritty, realistic look at the streets. For the first time in years, his classic Crime Partners is now repackaged and reissued in trade with a whole new look to attract new readers, as well as long-time fans of the legend himself.
The godfather of urban lit, Donald Goines captures the raw, uncensored reality of life on the streets with a voice that has shaped hip hop culture.
Prison buddies Billy Good and Jackie Walker made time pulling small jobs here and there. Not a bad living if you liked scraping by. The thing to worry about was the next fix. Nothing else mattered. When Billy and Jackie fell in with Kenyatta, a ghetto lord ready to take back the streets, they thought they'd hit the big time. Dealing with drug pushers and crooked cops in the name of justice sure felt good, but in a world where "kindness was the sweetest con of all," every bullet fired echoed with the sound of payback.
About the Author
Donald Goines was born in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the U.S. Air Force instead of going into his family’s dry cleaning business. Following his service, he entered into a life of drug addiction and crime. He received seven prison sentences, serving a total of over six years. While he was in prison, Goines wrote his first two novels, Dopefiend: The Story of a Black Junkie and Whoreson: The Story of a Ghetto Pimp. Goines was shot to death in 1974.
Praise for Donald Goines:
"Machiavelli was my tutor, Donald Goines my father figure." —Tupac Shakur
"The voice of the ghetto itself." —The Village Voice
“Donald Goines, a brilliant writer of street literature captures the pain of addiction perfectly.”
—Black Enterprise, The 18 Best Books of All Time on Dopefiend
“Goines’ influence on hip-hop, pulp-fiction, movies, and scores of authors deserves as much praise as a James Baldwin or Richard Wright, who also wrote about Black life in the ghetto.”
—Darryl Robertson, Hip hop journalist
“A true master at depicting street life in it rawest, most authentic form, Mr. Goines mastered the art of storytelling from the darkest corner of America: the ghetto. His brilliance still shines through and touches the soul of modern black culture.”
—JaQuavis Coleman, New York Times bestselling author
“Donald Goines is the most iconic voice in urban fiction. His masterful pen is timeless.”
—Ashley Antoinette, New York Times bestselling author
"I learned to read on Donald Goines. His books are classics." —Carl Weber, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Urban Books
"A timeless writer, Donald Goines laid the foundation for all who came after. Fifty years later, his novels continue to inspire urban fiction from one generation to the next.”
—Wahida Clark, New York Times bestselling author
“He lived by the code of the streets and his books vividly recreated the street jungle and its predators.” —New Jersey Voice
“Donald Goines is one of Hip Hop’s Greatest Inspirations.” —The Source Magazine
"The godfather of black pulp fiction." —Salon.com
“Goines put you right there in the action.” —AllHipHop.com
“Donald Goines was for the streets [in the 70s] what the rappers are today...He was in the streets, of the streets and spoke for the streets.” —Chaz Williams, CEO of Black Hand Entertainment
“Donald Goines has become, decades after his death, one of the most influential African-American authors in the African-American literary canon.” —Thumpers Corner