Black Gangster by Donald Goines

This is not a new book. In fact, the first publication date in the new paperback I picked up from the library is 1977. But some of the themes are timeless and relevant.

I found myself engaged and interested in what happened next. How could you not get hooked into a book that tells you the two main characters “…take down Detroit one hustle at a time” ?

Here’s the story in the blurb on the back of the jacket:

The back of the book

And I’ll include my Goodreads review here, too.

I’d heard about Donald Goines for years. He is one of the more popular authors in California prisons and always in high demand in those libraries. I can see why. His stories are still relevant and believable, even though he wrote over 40 years ago.

This particular book is pretty bloody and violent, but effective. The only section that was a little difficult to believe was how the cops talk to each other. They sounded a little stilted, but perhaps that’s how they sounded to the author when creating the dialogue.

Other note: there’s some discussion of a political campaign in this book to create chaos related to police and the black community–some of the observations in the book seemed like they could have been plucked from 2020. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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