The year is 1978. The Duncan brothers and their tough-as-nails women have vanquished their rivals and taken their place as the leaders of Waycross, Georgia’s criminal enterprises. However, their rise to power has not gone unnoticed, and the family is rocked when their mother, Miss Bettie, is kidnapped and her body is found in a swamp.
No one knows who the killers are, but instead of drawing closer, the family is split when their grief-stricken leader, LC, is offered membership in the South’s most powerful black organization, the Council. Membership has its privileges, but they do not include his brothers. LC packs up his growing family and moves to Atlanta to open his first car dealership.
Unable to deal with their mother’s death, Lou Duncan searches for her killers with the help of an unlikely ally—LC’s ex-fiancée. Her presence may cost him his relationship with his brothers, but Lou is resigned to that fact because Donna’s help is instrumental in finding Ms. Bettie’s abductors. What he will soon learn is that his search for the truth will also lead him to discover a long-buried Duncan family secret.
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About Carl Weber
Carl Weber is a New York Times bestselling novelist and the founder of the publishing company Urban Books. His works include The First Lady, So You Call Yourself a Man, The Preacher’s Son, Married Men, and the bestseller She Ain’t the One, which was cowritten with Mary B. Morrison. He was named the Blackboard Publisher of the Year in 2005 and owns a chain of bookstores called Urban Knowledge. A graduate of Virginia State University, he lives on Long Island with his family.
About the Narrators
L. Steven Taylor is a New York actor who has played on Broadway as both Mufasa and Scar in Disney’s The Lion King. In addition to being very active in the commercial and voice-over world, working for such names as McDonalds, Bounty, Burger King, and Nickelodeon, he is also an avid spoken-word artist—penning his own spoken-word series: Perspective. He can also be seen on television in Madam Secretary, Elementary, Person of Interest, and The Electric Company.
iiKane is a top-rated host and producer best known for her engaging interviews and entertainment reports that have been heard in multiple markets and topped subscriptions for Radio-One and iHeartMedia. She has honed her skills in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Philly, Las Vegas, and Baltimore.
Clifford “Spud” Johnson was raised in Inglewood, California, and had numerous encounters there with drugs, mayhem, and, ultimately, the California Youth Authority. These experiences gave Johnson a template for street life. The hustle of welfare-dependent families sculpted by the day-to-day hood life that he experienced provides the imagery he displays in his work.
Ni’chelle Genovese never thought penning verses and hooks for the likes of Pink, Governor, Mike Bless, and Drew Sidora, would ever pan into creating page-turning, jaw-dropping stories. However, that is exactly what this Norfolk, Virginia, native managed to do. Genovese is the author of the Baby Momma series.