by Edrea Davis
Reviewed by: QB Wells
Snitches die. Snitches get stitches. Stop snitching.
The streets hate a snitch and have plenty of language and vernacular to describe the conflict a police informant causes in the community. In the debut novel Snitchcraft, author Edrea Davis prepares a medley of suspense, romance and corruption that stews food for thought. At the story center is Jason “JC” and Paul Powell. Raised in the South, the brothers escaped poverty and made a way for themselves in the mean streets of New York City. After success, the brothers look for a new challenge. After the suggestion of an old love interest, JC decides to purchase a rundown bar in a gang riddled Long Beach, CA neighborhood.
“JC” and Paul spend a substantial amount of their money, time and sanity to transform the club to a successful venture. Along the way to the million dollar business, “JC” had to deal with other people and connections to get his business operating. “JC” and his family are arrested on conspiracy charges. From behind the cell walls and with seized funds, JC is forced to fight his case. His life is in the hands of an inexperienced public defender to determine who snitched and why.
Topical and translucent, Snitchcraft is a serious work about the negative aspects of snitches that perpetuates the increasing number of incarcerated black males and stains the hard work of entrepreneurs. Slow paced, the novel simmers, takes time to unravel but provides a provoking discussion.
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