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Author: Albert “Prodigy” Johnson Narrator: Cary Hite, Kim Johnson Publisher: Urban Audiobooks Audio Length: Release Date: July 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481537490

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Pappy tries to break out of the game before the head of his crew, Black, gets them all killed. Against his better judgment Pappy agrees to do one last job, but only because it's the price of his freedom. He knows Black can't be trusted. He knows his "brother" would rather see him dead than let him walk away. Yet he still agrees to do the job because Black isn't the only one who can't be trusted. Sometimes you have to kill for what you want.

Further developing the stark realism and uncompromising streetwise narratives of his lyrics, HNIC cements Prodigy's position as one of the foremost chroniclers of contemporary urban life. Simultaneously a fast-paced crime drama and an engrossing, unsentimental moral tale, it peers into the dark heart that underpins the codes of loyalty and friendship, betrayal and vengeance.

With H.N.I.C., Prodigy inaugurates Infamous Books, a revolutionary partnership that pairs the Infamous Records brand with Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. Infamous Books' mission is to connect readers worldwide to crime fiction and street lit authors both familiar and new.

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  • “Prodigy is a proven storyteller, and his skills spill over into the literature game effortlessly. This is a five-star read.”

    - JaQuavis Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of the Cartel series
  • “HNIC is a quick yet engaging read that kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen next.”

    - K’wan, Essence bestselling author
  • “You can tell that a true lyricist created this gritty tale about greed, betrayal, and street romance. The wordplay is dead on. Combine that with the details that give the freshness of immediate experience and you are no longer reading the story, you are suddenly a character in it. This is what good writing does—it puts you right there in the middle of the action. Excellent read. Salute!”

    - Miasha, author of Secret Society
  • “After reading this can’t-take-my-eyes-from-the-pages hardened street novella, I’m thinking less is much more. The authors’ writing rarely misses a beat with characters caught in a violent criminal world with no escape. The work is a breath of fresh air from lengthy, trying-too-hard-to-shock street lit and is an excellent choice for all metropolitan collections.”

    - Library Journal (starred review)

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About the Author

Albert “Prodigy” Johnson (1974–2017), as one half of the hip-hop phenomenon Mobb Deep, sold millions of albums, performed throughout the world, and recorded with the elite of hip-hop, R&B, and rock with his signature style of hard-core, reality-based music. Born with the hereditary disease sickle-cell anemia, Prodigy battled pain his entire life and promoted the importance of a healthy diet, spiritual enrichment, and a positive, productive lifestyle.

About the Narrators

Teri Woods is the author of numerous books in the urban fiction genre, which have been praised by Essence magazine and Publishers Weekly. She is a native of Philadelphia where she worked as a legal secretary and paralegal for eight years. She started writing True to the Game in 1993 and began submitting it to publishers in 1994. After being turned down, the book sat dormant for several years. In 1998 she began selling handmade books on the street and out of the trunk of her car. Soon she started her own publishing and production company, Meow Meow Productions, now called Teri Woods Publishing.

Kim Johnson is the author of This Is My America, her debut novel that explores racial injustice against innocent Black men who are criminally sentenced and the families left behind to pick up the pieces. She She holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Maryland, College Park. She has held leadership positions in social justice organizations as a teen and in college. She is a college administrator who maintains civic engagement throughout the community while also mentoring Black student activists and leaders. She is also the graduate advisor and member of a historically Black sorority.