Deal with Death

Melodrama Publishing
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Nina Boyd is the mother of two teenage boys and a functioning drug addict. Her two sons, Malik and Marquis, understand their mother's struggle and out of love they ignore her addiction. Marquis, the youngest at seventeen, is Nina's pride and joy. He has just graduated from high school and has college next on his agenda. However, Malik, who thinks he is grown at only nineteen, has dropped out of high school and made a deal with death. Todd Death McClain, a well-known street-dealer, preys upon young cats who want to be in the drug game. Once you ve been recruited there is only one way out Death!
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Melodrama Publishing
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Published on
Dec 31, 2008
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ISBN
9781934157855
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English
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