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Body Blow
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Della, A Real Estate Agent for the rich and famous partied one night, then two nights and two nights became more. Della became addicted to drugs from her continued nights of partying. She lost her job and began the life that she soon regrets. Della was killed by a big time drug dealer; a murder that her 10 year old son, Jericho witnessed. Jericho grew up to become a boxer champion; trained at the gym that his mother’s killer owned. When Jericho found out that Hulk, The owner of The Hulk’s House of Hero’s was in fact his mother’s killer, he took all his strength and almost killed him. Hulk pleaded to die at the hands of his enemies.

Della Moon, a once successful and highly respected Real Estate Agent to the wealthy, is now nothing more than a strung-out heroin addict.

Della pregnant while witnessing a murder is arrested for possession of drugs with the intent to distribute. While cramped up in a sleazy jail cell she goes into labor, delivering a healthy baby boy she named Jericho. Having a new outlook on life Della decides to come forth and testify against two major drug dealers; in exchange for her testimony she is free to start a new life for both her and Jericho.

Hulk and Boobey, head of the Boss Hustla Family known for being notoriously violent and cold, continue to terrorize the city. Boobey being arrested after being set-up by his homie faces Della in court. Nervous but determined, Della testifies against Boobey. Boobey is given 50 years in prison but is shanked a week later in his cell.

Hulk on the other hand, pressured by the Feds makes peace with arch rival Shalino and steps down from his drug empire and decides to lay low and use his ill gotten gain of capital to open up a boxing club. Hulk has not forgotten a request made by Boobey and what Della did and waits in the shadows for revenge years after the trial.

Jericho witnesses the savage and brutal murder of his mother at the hands of an intruder. Jericho will never forget the silhouette and voice of the man saying: “When you cross me, you cross yourself”. That night is forever etched into the core of his mind.

Rising up out of the flames of hardship and strife young Jericho now 19 faces life head on. Jericho has been boxing since the age of 10 and has been destined to be the World Champ. Since training at Hulk’s House of Heros, Hulk has become his mentor and manager. Jericho still has an empty void that must be filled; that’s revenge or justice, whichever comes first.

It’s not until one night over a heated dispute over money in whether Jericho would agree to throw a fight did he realize that Hulk was in fact his mother’s murderer. After Hulk pulled a gun out on Jericho placing it to his head then saying: “When you cross me, you cross yourself” did it dawn on him that this was the voice he heard when he was 10.

The vivid images of his mother being murdered flashed before his eyes as if he was re-living the tragic event all over again. Jericho and Hulk struggled as Jericho uses all his might to release all the pain and misery he suffered over the years; he hits Hulk with a vicious body blow as the fight is caught on tape. The paramedics arrived and Hulk pleaded for them to let him die. “Body Blow” the novel.

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