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The Rise and Fall of a Hustler
by Winter Giovanni   

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Literary Fiction

Publisher:  Infinity Publishing Group ISBN-10:  1441408878 Type: 
Pages: 

351

Copyright:  December 2008 ISBN-13:  9781441408877
Fiction

“The Rise and Fall of a Hustler” is an extraordinary urban tale of one woman’s rise from the Ghetto to the ill-gotten riches of the “Ghetto Fabulous”. Ms. Giovanni’s spins a tale that takes you into the dark caverns of sex, drug lords, murder, and lots of “dead presidents.” She touches on the secrets of a society and its love, outcasts, and the betrayal that leads to conspiracy, murder, and prison. A true page turner!”
-Dr. Pamela O’Guinn, BET books

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Meet Mercedes…sexy, goal driven, and smart. But what Mercedes has against her is that "weakness" for the benjamins, the dick, and yes-The Hustlers. Determined not to allow her past to get the best of her or become a product of abuse herself, she made a vow to never catch feelings for nigga-ever!

But living in the projects, a sistah’s gotta do what a sistah’s gotta do…fuck, suck, duck bullets while getting paid for the damn inconvenience! But she has a backup plan, she just didn’t draft it up yet.

After her quiet life of getting her "nutts" off, Mercedes cuts into one of 757’s biggest known hustlers name Polo, who rolls with DC’s prime gangsta, not to mention paid up the ass, Rayful Edmonds. Polo invites her to their private party they’re gonna be throwing and like a dummy, she accepted the invite and reminded herself to just say "no" to drug…dealers! Unbeknown to her, Mercedes’ life is about to change and for the worst!

 “The Rise and Fall of a Hustler” is an extraordinary urban tale of one woman’s rise from the Ghetto to the ill-gotten riches of the “Ghetto Fabulous”. Ms. Giovanni’s spins a tale that takes you into the dark caverns of sex, drug lords, murder, and lots of “dead presidents.” She touches on the secrets of a society and its love, outcasts, and the betrayal that leads to conspiracy, murder, and prison. A true page turner!”
-Dr. Pamela O’Guinn, BET books

 


Excerpt

Prologue
Several local news helicopters were circling above zooming in on a dumpster that was the apparent crime scene of a dead undercover DEA agent's body. The agent had been shot three times in the head at close range making this an execution style murder probably from his cover being blown. A Chesapeake city’s garbage collector had just discovered the corpse that morning. He had apparently been killed somewhere else then thrown into the dumpster at this location, but may have been there for a couple of days judging from the look of his body. Angry and disgusted is what you could easily feel from the looks on the faces of the FBI and DEA agents that were flashing their badges as they hurriedly raced through the yellow tape and crowd of on lookers to get to the body. From that moment on, the agents no longer took this investigation as “part of the job”. He knew this hit was personal and aimed at the agency. “Who the hell did we piss off so bad they had to kill one of our brothers to get an apparent message across?”
The dead agent was part of an undercover drug sting that was operating from Columbia and the Dominican Republic to New York, Virginia, and Florida. The reporter goes onto say that the Colombians under investigation are believed to have transported over three million pounds of cocaine and heroin into the US over the past three years since the investigation began.
There are no suspects and the reporter states that over 50 kilos of cocaine was unaccounted for with a street value of over $1.25 million dollars! No information was available from the Federal or State authorities. My mouth dropped open as my stomach filled up with butterflies. Call it female intuition, but I knew deep down that Rico had something to do with this shit! I couldn't even think right. Nervous, shaking, and tracking up my damn carpet smoking my fourth cigarette wasn't making me any calmer. I tried calling Rico for the f*ckin’ eighth time, but still his damn voice mail. That crazy phone call last night from one of his boys caused him to freak the hell out for some reason. The next thing I knew, he started cursing and flipping out on 'ya boy and told him to stay put as he stormed out of the house still yelling and cursing. If something needed to be done, Rico would simply send a Mr. Fixer Upper n'shit.
But this time...this time, there was something definitely wrong and whatever it is; he didn't have any control over. And that’s what I feared. Rico have to be in control of everything. But when he don’t, which is very rare, he has no sense of understanding and all he wanna do is place “bullets” in new resting places…Everybody's head!
After that moment, all hell broke loose and it was at that time I began wishing that I'd just said “no” to f*ckin' with Rico. Especially when I found out his status in the drug world! I wish I’d never known what the word conspiracy or indictment meant.
But one thing was for sure and two things for certain, I sure as hell know the definitions now!
And here's how all the bullsh*t got started...






Professional Reviews

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“The Rise and Fall of a Hustler” is an extraordinary urban tale of one woman’s rise from the Ghetto to the ill-gotten riches of the “Ghetto Fabulous”. Ms. Giovanni’s spins a tale that takes you into the dark caverns of sex, drug lords, murder, and lots of “dead presidents.” She touches on the secrets of a society and its love, outcasts, and the betrayal that leads to conspiracy, murder, and prison. A true page turner!”
-Dr. Pamela O’Guinn, BET books



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Reader Reviews for "The Rise and Fall of a Hustler"

Reviewed by Ingrid Jeudy 5/18/2009

My goodness this book took me on a ride where at times I was trying to catch my breath. I can relate to this young lady that was looking for love and unfortunately she was served what was in her environment.

Once I reached the part with the abusive boyfriend I sure as hell wasn't surprise he ended up dead. But I found it weird that Mercedes didn't get caught. I truly believe when something is too good to be true ... it's exactly that too good to be true. Really be on guard or run for your life. I felt something was wrong with the husband.

But in all this book catches your attention and it was so hard for me to put it down. It's a great read and I can’t wait to read part two. The ending left me hungry for more.


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