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Billy dead Felicia missingNone of the words made sense together but the doom I'd expected announced itself I felt iron in my mouth like I'd gargled with pennies a taste like blood a bitter taste that always followed bad newsThe setting is Oakland 1989; the crack epidemic is at its height and turf wars are brewing Maceo Redfield currently on hiatus from college is walking a fi. Fast paced well written and made me eager to read the next book in the series Must admit though I was a bit taken aback by the main character s willingness to throw it all away for a woman whose feelings for him were uestionable Still overall an enjoyable read

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He hit As he searches for Felicia and the answer to the mystery of Billy's murder Maceo is drawn deeper into a world in which dealers players and interlopers obeying a code of honor all their own engage in a deadly game to capture the heart of Oakland When Maceo uncovers the truth about Billy the story builds to a terrifying and painful climax From the Trade Paperback edition. A good mystery and I don t have much luck with mysteries because of the cheese factor I m in need of some urban fiction savvy so I was drawn in by the advertised hip hop noire element of this detective novel Admittedly I was expecting some trashy dramaFortunately it s not Tramble manages to make Oakland street drama philosophical and interesting And the main character Maceo has the classic protagonistantagonist thing going on even though he makes some bad decisions the reader still wants him to triumph Grades 10 and up

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Ne line between respectability and involvement in Oakland's drug underworld As he waits in the neighborhood barbershop one of his closest childhood friends Holly Ford brings him the news of the murder of Billy Crane the third member of their childhood trio and a successful drug dealer Felicia Billy's girlfriend and Maceo's true love is on the run and suspected of setting up t. This book is readable and engaging dramatic and suspenseful Those ualities I could get from other books But what I haven t seen before in other books is the insider s view of the world of drug dealers The book is set in 1989 in Oakland California during midterms week at UC Berkeley and the main character is a 23 year old Black man whose family has money Maceo is taking a semester off from Berkeley where he played baseball but lost his scholarship after an injury left him unable to pitch Although his grandfather was willing to pay his tuition Maceo spent the money instead on a sweet ride and started working as a bartenderHe resumed hanging out with his childhood friend Holly a skilled super expensive drug cutter with a clean police record One day Holly shows up at the neighborhood barber shop with the news that their other childhood buddy Billy has been killed by a rival drug dealer Maceo and Holly set out with some of Holly s drug world contacts to find and punish the murderer What s bothering Maceo just as much as Billy s death is that Billy s girlfriend and Maceo s ex Felicia has been missing since the fatal night and some of the Oakland drug dealers suspect her in Billy s death In his uest to solve and avenge his friend s murder and to find and protect Felicia Maceo finds himself at a crossroads that his famous pitching arm and his wealthy and loving family can t save him from Should he go back to school or join the thrilling and deadly game Holly has been playing the same game that killed BillyI read this book because the English 11 students at school are reading it What fascinated me was the colorful detailed portrayal of what it was like to be young and Black in Oakland at the height of the crack epidemic view spoiler Maceo s decision to break bad is as understandable as Walter White s Billy s killer is Smokey a rival drug dealer who says he hated Billy because Billy was so clean Smokey says that Billy considered himself above other dealers because he wouldn t sell crack to pregnant women or anyone with kids in their car Smokey thinks that Billy is a hypocrite After all Billy was in the business of selling crack cocaine he made his money by selling a substance so addictive it ruined people s lives So what if he didn t sell to pregnant women or parents of young kids Of course being a so called hypocrite isn t what killed Billy it was greed Billy had set up a deal with some southern California drug suppliers Smokey didn t want these outsiders getting involved in Oakland besides with Billy gone Smokey might be able to take over Billy s territory Holly and Maceo visit Billy s SoCal supplier Jorge in the hopes of learning about Billy s death They find their high school acuaintance Sera is now Jorge s girlfriend and the mother of his sonand she s now a crack addict with a wasted body her charm and curves sucked away by the drug Holly confronts Jorge Why you let your girl smoke that shit I m probably revealing my own ignorance and innocence here but I realized at that point that the business of selling drugs is all about power and money not getting high Holly Maceo Felicia and the others involved in the drug trade don t smoke crack nor do they even drink much Their drug is the danger and excitement of the Oakland streets I found myself with the lyrics of Moby s South Side sticking in my head although the song wasn t written about Oakland Here we are now going to the west sideWeapons in hand as we go for a rideI pick up my friends and we hope we won t dieI think of my own students I could see very easily how a young adult would prefer to make lots of money selling drugs or girls bodies when the alternative was living with their mom and working at Walmart for 8 an hour even if the high pay was really combat pay and even if they were likely to get killed What is death to a 20 year old Even when a friend dies an adolescent s brain doesn t register That could have been me or I could be next Maceo s grandfather Daddy Al is a man of famously few words but he does have something to say as Maceo cries after Billy s funeral When Maceo says It wasn t supposed to be like this Daddy Al gets angry Did you think the game you all was playing could cheat death Daddy Al hisses The minister preaches to a church full of Billy s friends family and fellow drug dealers that he is sick of burying young men He also comments privately to Daddy Al that by the looks of the bling laden young people on the front steps of the church he knows he s not done burying them Billy s mother stoic throughout the service finally loses her cool and starts screaming Oh Lord they killed my baby at the graveside I felt my own age as I sympathized with the parents and grandparents and the minister I ask myself What can I do or say so that my students won t choose Maceo s path I don t have any satisfactory answers The old work hard do well in school go to college get a good job sounds lame worn out and outdated hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “The Dying Ground

  1. says:

    Nichelle Tramble did a remarkable job writing from the perspective of a young man growing up on the streets of Oakland Her characters were very alive and real This type of novel was a first for me and I learned a lot I particularly enjoyed the familiar settings streets of Oakland BARTThe Oakland Zoo the Oakland hills San Francisco streets in BerkeleyLake Merritt Grand Avenue Grand Lake Theatre Broadway etc This book i

  2. says:

    SPOILER ALERTThe suspense in the last few chapters became so overwhelming that I read the last paragraphs of the final chapters to figure out what ultimately happened But even with doing that I had NO idea it would end that way Reggie Never saw that coming although I don't think the author set it up for us to

  3. says:

    Fast paced well written and made me eager to read the next book in the series Must admit though I was a bit taken aback by the main character's willingness to throw it all away for a woman whose feelings for him were uestionable Still overall an enjoyable read

  4. says:

    This book is readable and engaging dramatic and suspenseful Those ualities I could get from other books But what I haven't seen before in other books is the insider's view of the world of drug dealers The book is set in 1989 in Oakland Califor

  5. says:

    OkayConceptually this book rocks but something was missing I can’t uite put my finger on it In some ways it is a bit scattered as if

  6. says:

    The Dying Ground by Nichelle D Tramble is an exciting novel that'll eagerly have you turning every page The book follows Maceo Bouchaund who's a college baseball player in fact he has a reputation all around Oakland for being a really good baseball player Maceo has taken time off of school and one day while at the barbershop Maceo's best fri

  7. says:

    More like 385 stars I'm not really into urban literature but to be fair this should be described as literary in an

  8. says:

    AppeasingTo begin I purchased THE DYING GROUND under the assumption that the title held a totally different meaning I read the first chapter on three occasions and I finally decided to set aside the time and read it THE DYING GROUND fooled me

  9. says:

    A good mystery and I don't have much luck with mysteries because of the cheese factor I'm in need of some urban fiction savvy so I was drawn in by the advertised hip hop noire element of this detective novel Admittedly I was expecting some trashy dramaFortunately it's not Tramble manages to make Oakland street drama philosophical and interesting And the main character Maceo has the classic protagonistantagonist thing g

  10. says:

    Tramble does an excellent job picturing life in Oakland CA during the late 1980's when crack was devastating the black community Maceo the protagonist has dropped out of college and given up baseball His childhood friend Billy now a drug dealer is murdered and Felicia Billy's girlfriend and Maceo's first love was at the scene of the killing and has disappeared Maceo investigates her disappearance and the murder