The best classic and new urban inspired crime novels that are sexy, suspenseful, and full of action

Omar Scott Author Of Loyal To A Fault
By Omar Scott

Who am I?

I had a friend that I knew since junior high. He was a straight-A student. He had both parents in the home. His future was bright. He spent the last minutes of his life hiding under a car after being shot several times during a drug deal gone wrong. He made poor decisions that cost him his life. I wanted to write about people who took the wrong path and found their way out. Growing up in a single-parent household, I turned to the streets and gangs. After incarceration I decided to not only turn my life around but to write fiction inspired by criminal activity that I had engaged in during my youth. 


I wrote...

Loyal To A Fault

By Omar Scott,

Book cover of Loyal To A Fault

What is my book about?

DEA Agent Dez has reached his breaking point. He lost his mother. His father is in prison. And now his lifelong best friend, and partner in the DEA, was killed while undercover. Feeling responsible, Dez’s only motivation now is revenge. He’s willing to toss out all the rules in search of the mysterious cartel leader that’s responsible. His only lead is a smooth, charismatic dealer named, Chops. Chops is looking to drum up business with the cartel that will make him the next king of New York. Caught in the middle of these men and their ambitions is a sexy interior designer named Pia, an unknowing witness. Pia has captured the eyes of both men in this deadly love triangle. When their destructive paths cross, who will be left standing?

The books I picked & why

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The Coldest Winter Ever

By Sister Souljah,

Book cover of The Coldest Winter Ever

Why this book?

This is the first book I bought as an adult. It’s my all-time favorite urban fiction novel. And it’s one of the reasons I started writing. I loved the first-person narrative. Souljah’s writing puts the reader in Winter’s shoes from the very start. I could feel everything the teen protagonist was going through. Readers are placed in the middle of the action. My favorite character in the story was a mysterious figure named Midnight. He is a brave but humble lieutenant to a prominent underworld businessman. Souljah eventually wrote a book inspired by this character. The Coldest Winter Ever is full of twists and turns and getting out of jams right to the end. It’s still a pop culture classic in Black crime and urban-inspired novels. 

The Coldest Winter Ever

By Sister Souljah,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Coldest Winter Ever as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In a stunning first novel, renowned hip-hop artist, writer and activist Sister Souljah brings the streets of New York to life with a powerful and utterly unforgettable tale. Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, business minded and fashionable, Winter knows no restrictions. No one can control her. She's nobody's victim. Winter knows the Brooklyn streets like she knows the curves of her own body. She manoeuvres skilfully, applying all she has learned to come out on top, no matter how dramatically the scenes change. But a cold winter wind is about…


Addicted

By Zane,

Book cover of Addicted

Why this book?

This was the first erotic book I ever read. It greatly influenced how I saw sex scenes in books. I think Zane opened it up for authors like myself to feel free expressing sexuality in greater detail and with more passion. Zane’s writing takes you on a wild ride with the main character Zoe. The narrative depicts how Zoe’s life shaped her approach to intimacy and caused her to make a series of terrible decisions. I loved the way Zane led you through Zoe’s self-discovery. There is a movie, but I promise the book is better.  

Addicted

By Zane,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Addicted as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Addictedis the story of Zoe, an African American arts dealer. It traces her life from the time she first meets her husband, Jason, in the fifth grade, falls in love with him over a game of Twister in the eighth grade, loses her virginity to him in high school and eventually marries him. Everything seems perfect in Zoe's life to her friends and family as she secretly deals with serious problems in her marriage.

After failing to get Jason to open up to her sexually, Zoe becomes involved in not one, not two, but three extramarital affairs. By the time…

He Had It Coming

By Camika Spencer,

Book cover of He Had It Coming

Why this book?

This is one of the craziest, most imaginative stories I ever read. I truly enjoyed He Had it Coming. I would love to see it made into a movie. It’s about this an accomplished author name Marcus Brooks. He has got to be the most arrogant man alive. No respect for women at all. Well, a group of professional ladies who are part of a book club decided to teach him a lesson. They kidnap him, and hold him, hoping to change his ways. I promise if you pick this up you won’t be able to put it down.  

He Had It Coming

By Camika Spencer,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked He Had It Coming as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Five Women. A Man. And a Plan.

Meet Marcus Brooks. He's gorgeous. He's successful. He's the bestselling author of African American fiction. He's also the most obnoxious male alive....

Meet Raylene, Naomi, Thelma, Gwena, and Latice. They are five women who belong to a reading group, strong women with strong opinions. They don't take any grief from anyone (well, not if they can help it), and their friendships have stood the test of time. One night they meet up with bestselling author Marcus Brooks. At first they are in awe. Then they are puzzled. Next they're enraged. How can a…


White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief

By Donald Goines,

Book cover of White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief

Why this book?

This was the first book I read about street culture. It was real. It was graphic. It was intense. I could relate. Goines is known for capturing the urban struggles and the challenges of young men and women growing up in the ghettos. The main character Chester Hines gets caught up in one bad decision after another until he ends up in jail trying to survive. It’s a fantastic story and Goines himself is a classic storyteller who paved the way for endless black authors to pen their street-life experiences. 

White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief

By Donald Goines,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The godfather of urban lit, Donald Goines knows life on the streets is a one-way ticket to life behind bars, where suffering is the one and only daily bread. For the first time in over a decade, his classic White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief is now repackaged and reissued with a whole new look to attract new listeners, as well as long-time fans of the legend himself.

Barely out of his 20s, Chester Hines knows the score. He's just another bug crawling through the streets of Detroit, waiting to be squashed under the heel of a system meant to…


Sister, Sister

By Eric Jerome Dickey,

Book cover of Sister, Sister

Why this book?

This was Eric’s first book, a novel celebration of Black sisterhood. Sister, Sister was the first book I read that centered on a group of women and their relationships. Very different from what I was used to reading but it left an impression.  The sisters are all dealing with crumbling relationships at various stages. As a reader you will devour and turn the pages quickly as you uncover the ways in which these women handle their love woes. Dickey came on the scene with a true page-turner. I appreciate his decision to give first-person narratives for each of the main characters so we can truly experience their emotional highs and lows.  

Sister, Sister

By Eric Jerome Dickey,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Sister, Sister as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Here is New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey's debut novel, a celebration of Black sisterhood hailed by Essence as one of the “50 Most Impactful Black Books Of The Last 50 Years”.

Valerie, Inda, and Chiquita are three women looking for love in Los Angeles.

Valerie became the perfect wife to please her husband, Walter, whose football career has gone nowhere—along with their marriage. Then she meets Daniel. Valerie's divorced sister, Inda, has Raymond, who has a hot body, smooth moves—and another girlfriend on the side. Now Inda's scheming to get even. After telling her last boyfriend to…

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