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Houser jumped from his chair, stood in the hallway in front of his office, and said, "Murder, Ms. Coles. If you don't get back in here, you're going down for murder."
Nina spun around and practically ran to get in Houser's face. "Murder? You wannabe FBI agent! I ain't got nothing to do with no murder. You people have really lost your minds! Find someone else to mess with," she said through clenched teeth.
"Ms. Coles, your client Bob Tokowsky died. Dropped dead of a heart attack, while you were trying to scan him with your 'millions' in gold coins." Houser motioned with two fingers from each hand to emphasize the quote-unquote "millions." "That's right, we know all about the scamming and scheming of WMM. W eknow your boss Rinaldo Haywood, aka Brian Stout, aka Tommy Green, aka John Bennett. We know about his office in the Florida Keys run by his cohorts, Brandon Ingram and Charlie Adams. We know your phone name is Alexis Greenspan. Very catchy. We--"
"Hold up. I don't care what you know. I'm a sales associate. A good one at that. I sell to business owners. If the client decides to patronize our firm and at the same time gamble at a chance of getting a bunch of gold coins, so what? That's not illegal! This is America!" Nina ranted as she turned to walk out.
"Nina, Alexis or Kelly, whatever character you’re in right now," Houser chuckled, "this is your only chance to help yourself. You know what’s going on over there is against the law. All I have to do is say the word and the Feds will be all over that place. Not only will you go down for money laundering, conspiracy and wire fraud, you also have a murder hanging over your head."
Parker finally decided to put his two cents in. "Look Ms. Coles. He's right, the company is going down whether you help yourself or not. If I was--"
"Look," Nina sighed as she stepped back into the office, shutting the door to emphasize her point. "If y’all really had something than you wouldn’t need me." She snatched open the door and then slammed it shut behind her. "Pigs!" she yelled out. "Ain't nothin’ snitch about Nina Coles."
This is an excerpt from THE GOLDEN HUSTLA by Wahida Clark. Copyright © 2010 by Wahida Clark. Reprinted by permission from Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.
Wahida Clark, author of Thug Lovin’ and Payback with Ya Life returns with a gritty novel that moves off the streets and into the boardroom—where the people and the game may be different, but the cut-throat rules of the hustle are just as bad and bold as the streets.
Retired Atlanta homicide detective Danny Houser may be done with police work, but that doesn’t mean it’s done with him. And when a corporate homicide shakes up the city, Danny just can’t pass up the case. There has always been suspicion of fraud at telemarketing giant WMM (“We Make Millionaires”) Advertising. WMM is pretty well-known throughout the city as the place of shady transactions, but for the most part, they’ve been left to their dirty dealings without much interference from law enforcement or otherwise. Then murder gets into the mix as a tape recording of a man’s death surfaces, implicating WMM. Tapping one of WMM’s top sales executives, Alexis Greenspan, aka Nina Coles, to help sniff out the company’s secrets and bring them down once and for all, Det. Danny’s sure he’ll be able to crack the case and get back to his retirement in record time. Except neither Danny nor Nicole realizes just how deep the corporate evil seeps.
Hardcover Book : 320 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( October 19, 2010 )
Item #: 13-206306
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.721inches
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For all those disappointed or stating it moved slow in the beginning. PLEASE buy the prequel in "What's Really Hood" the short story is very fast paced and everything makes sense after reading it- plus it makes the slower part in the beginning move faster because you know the history. I don't like that it was split into an anthology then book because many people didn't get the whole story line, but reading it all I have to say it was REALLY good.
Reviewer: Me, a
I agree.The book was very slow in starting.I didnt like the ending.It seemed rushed.It was just an okay read.Her other books are way better than this one.
This book was okay. It started out a little slow and finished too quickly (my opinion). I also feel like she left a couple of open-ended questions (like what happened with Tasha and Trae? Why is she with Kyron? but that's not really relevant to the plot of the book anyway). Overall, it was just alright. Not what I was anticipating from Wahida.
Reviewer: D P
This book was good but not as great as her Thug series. I feel like she had to ease other thug characters into this book to grab our attention, but then she rushed it right to the end. Too much happened towards the end for it to just end the way it did.
Wahida your hood books are the only ones i really read now.Luv your writing ,characters,and the plot.Keep them coming!