After the senseless shooting death of his twin sister Lacy, Quinn Parker-with the help of his longtime friend Maxine Sherman-is determined to make the New York Police Department pay for its negligence. Without Maxine, Quinn realizes, he never would have made it through the dark days after Lacy's funeral, but nothing (not even a seven-figure settlement with the police) can fill the black hole where his soul used to be-or so he believes until he meets Nikita, an uptown girl with a hunger for life who stuns and excites him. Torn between his urban roots, his suburban girl and his dream of escaping the 'hood, Quinn embarks on the journey of a lifetime, ultimately discovering love in the unlikeliest of places.

Riveting and poignant, this novel will transport readers to new heights of literary excellence. If you miss this book, you'll miss something special and wonderful: a potentially enriching experience. (Feb., 384 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cheryl Ferguson