When Truth Is Gangsta by Tecori Sheldon

After the gruesome murder of his parents, a young boy plots to rule the streets of Detroit, but first he must contend with a corrupt mayor and a serial killer murdering drug dealers.
Walker “Ruffneck” Story, Jr. was only seven when hired mercenaries conducted an early morning raid on his family’s rural Pennsylvania compound, mercilessly slaughtering both of his parents.

Eleven years later, Walker resurfaces in Detroit. And at age eighteen, he assembles a cutthroat crew of young guns to carve out a place in the city’s underbelly. Walker is ambitious and isn’t willing to settle for a few blocks of concrete littered-graffiti. He has his eyes on the five-corners of Detroit, all run by a huge conglomerate of drug czars called The Family. Rumor has it that the conglomerate falls under the powerful thumb of one man: the mayor of Detroit, Douglass Fairbanks.

In the backdrop of Walker’s raging war something else is loose in the city, something so diabolical and evil that residents are double-bolting doors and trembling in fear after the sun goes down. Because lurking inside the shadows of the city’s worst drug-infested territories, a crazed killer is silently stalking and killing young drug dealers wearing Air sneakers.

Walker’s past falls together like a jigsaw puzzle, revealing small clues about the murder of his parents, and they’re all pointing at Detroit’s illustrious mayor. It’s corruption with enough explosive history behind it to possibly tie the mayor, Walker, and the serial killer together and putting them all on a collision course with THE TRUTH.

 

EXCERPT:
But Poison did. She shoved the barrel of the Glock behind
the third gunman’s right ear and squeezed the trigger. The .40 cal
jerked as the dark lens of her sunglasses caught the fiery reflection
of the bloody explosion.
The lone gunman lost his nerve at the sight of the gory carnage
that used to be his nigga. The coward dropped his heat and got
in the wind. He didn’t get too far. Ruffneck stepped from the
shadow and pulled the trigger. The powerful blast from the pump
took the man off his feet and knocked his ass backward, violently
slamming him against a parked SUV.
Ruffneck walked up to his victim with the weapon hanging
down by his side, stalking the wounded man. The hot lead had
caught the creep in the guts, but he held on to life like a child
holding on to his favorite teddy bear.
Ruffneck was about to give the dying man the business, as the
flimsy door of Fly’s baby-momma’s crib burst open. Fly bounded
out the door.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tecori Sheldon is the pen name of Thomas Slater, a native of Detroit, MI. In 1997 he picked up a pen and scribbled for three months, producing his debut self-published title
Run with the Pack, an urban crime thriller. Fed up with the lack of attention street literature was receiving at the time, Thomas switched genre-gears in 2004. Drawing on his vast experience as an assembly worker at a factory, he fictionalized the chaos and corruptible plight of the blue-collar worker in a second self-published novel, Blue-Collar Diary: Factory Folk Drama.
Thomas Slater is the author of two Strebor titles: Show Stoppah and No More Time-Outs. May 22, 2012 will see his return back to street literature as Tecori Sheldon with his debut title When Truth is Gangsta, published under Strebor on the Streetz.
Thomas Slater is a multi-faceted writer who hopes to create a footprint by stepping off into the cement of literary greatness. Visit the author at www.slaterboyfiction.com, Twitter @ThomasEslater, and facebook.com/thomaseslater

 

Get to Know the Author:

  1. How would you describe your style?  Free-spirited. My heart belongs to authenticity. I don’t subscribe to any one genre. I write life. Life encompasses all genres—thriller, suspense, drama, action and urban. I love to mix them up and create originality.
  2. Do you have a favorite author?  No. I like reading good-to-great writers. Chances are, if you fall in that category, I’ve read your work.
  3. How true is it that you write under a pseudonym?  It is very true. I don’t mind disclosing that fact. I write under my name: Thomas Slater and the pen of Tecori Sheldon.
  4. What inspired a pseudonym? Well, when I first started writing, back in ’97; my first self- published title was urban, Run with the Pack. I love urban fiction. When the book had first come out, I shopped it around. Of course, back then, urban fiction wasn’t too popular with publishers and agents. They turned me down. So, that’s when I started mixing genres, which later on lead to a publishing deal under Zane’s Strebor Books. Thomas Slater has produced two titles under Strebor Books: Show Stoppah and No More time-Outs. I had to get back to my urban fiction roots. Tecori Sheldon was born and has now released When Truth Is Gangsta.
  5. Do you have any future projects? Under Thomas Slater, I have a title releasing in November. It’s the sequel to No More Time-Outs, titled Take One For The Team. On August 28, I have a short story, Klepto Collecto in Zane’s super steamy erotica anthology titled Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3. Tecori Sheldon is also working on another head-banging original.
  6. What do you hope to accomplish as a writer? To leave behind quality work that would act as an influential searchlight for the next crop of writers, searching to find their way.
  7. What advice would you give those who aspire to be published? To learn the craft—I can’t stress that enough. Read. Read. Read. Study the prose of the greats: James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Walter Mosley. But don’t stop with writers from your race. Greatness doesn’t discriminate. Read and study from those of other races. Remember: a closed mind isn’t much of a gracious host to big dreams. Always be professional and check your ego at the door.

Find the Author:

website: www.slaterboyfiction.com

Twitter @EarlWrites

Facebook.com/thomaseslater

tecorisheldon@yahoo.com

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593093977/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B005GG0M4C&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=19PBYM0YNTH8S7QPK8EW

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