After serving ten years for armed robbery, Jonathan “JC” Cole is about to get out of the joint, and he has one thing on his mind: revenge against the three men—former childhood friends, now powerful crime lords—who betrayed him to save their own skins. Richard “Richkid” Kidman is a Playa with a capital P, at one time controlling a stable of twelve women. Alonzo “Zo” Johnson is one of the richest drug dealers in the Windy City. And Eugene “Lil G” Pierce ranks among the most successful con men on the East Coast.
JC feels that the time has come for him to claim what is rightfully his. His misfortune was his ex-friends’ stepping-stone, and now it is time for them to pay up—in spades. He doesn’t want to kill them, he just wants to take everything away.
He does this with the help of his woman, Champagne; his best friend, Rat; and Rat’s girlfriend, Shaunna. They form a family of sorts, with JC as the leader and Champagne as the fierce mother hen, together embarking on an exciting journey into the underworld of Chicago.
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“TripleTake explodes off the page—a blood-soaked, guns-blazing literary assault on the senses. In TripleTake, novelist Y. Blak Moore proves himself the reincarnation of Donald Goines. In the years to come, this literary prodigy may just prove himself the voice of his generation.” -David Isay, public-radio producer and co-author of Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago
A Conversation with Y. Blak Moore
Q: Tell us a bit about your background. A: I don’t want to sound corny, but I am from the streets. I have lived in them, fed my babies from them, and become quite adept at surviving them, I like to think, anyway. The first half of my life was spent in the Altgeld Gardens, a far-southside Chicago housing project, where, at the age of five, I witnessed my mother’s murder. After that I was shipped around to family until I decided the streets were the place for me. The last thirteen years of my life were spent in the Ida B. Wellsanother notorious housing projectplaying the “game,” i.e., drug-dealing, gang-banging. Q: What led you to writing? A: Reading. Definitely reading. I have always loved to read. Q: What does writing mean to you? A: Writing, to me, is like getting a chance to release my inner demons. It’s like this chance to be creative as hell, and the only boundaries are my imagination. Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of outlets for all the pain I was going through, but writing and reading helped me out tremendously. Q: What writers have influenced you? A: While I have to give mad love and respect to all writers, there’s only one I can say directly influenced me: Donald Goines. The man has been dead over twenty years, and his books are still relevant to Black urban society. Quite a feat in my eyes. I do love to read all types of books, though. Q: You sometimes perform under the name Blak. Could you tell us more about that? A: Blak is my name from the streets. When I was gang-banging I dropped the C from Black because we were always fighting a gang whose name started with a C. When I was young, I was so dark-skinned, and I had facial hair at a young age, so everyone called me Black Man, and it stuck. It’s been shortened to Blak, and I perform and write poetry under the name “just blak.” Q: What is next for you? Are you working on another novel? A: I have another novel finished. It’s crazy grimy. Also, I’m working on something about the Apostles. I just want to write good stories for people. Hopefully, I can live on through my work, like Donald Goines.