Dirty Work - Part 2

Melodrama Publishing
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Shots Fired

After his brother is murdered, Kid Kane has no choice but to stand up to the opposition. Feeling invincible under the cloak of anonymity with a beautiful woman and a ride-or-die crew by his side, Kid formulates his revenge.

Jessica has to constantly watch her back after a falling out with her friends, Eshon and Brandy. But for Jessica, money is always the motive. Sleeping with two enemies is dirty work, but where her beauty ends, her street smarts kicks in.

Maserati Meek is the man with a Machiavellian plan. However, when he fails, he calls in skilled reinforcements to help him execute his grand scheme. But these aren’t average triggermen; these men are soldiers.

With the whole city burning around them, Kid and Meek face off in an explosive final conflict. When the dust settles, the surviving king will stand alone.

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Melodrama Publishing
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Feb 13, 2018
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Fiction / African American / General
Fiction / African American / Urban
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