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Donald Goines (1937–1974)

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Værker af Donald Goines

Dopefiend (1971) 158 eksemplarer
Whoreson (1988) 126 eksemplarer
Black Girl Lost (1973) 103 eksemplarer
Daddy Cool (1974) 83 eksemplarer
Black Gangster (1991) 73 eksemplarer
Crime Partners (1978) 62 eksemplarer
Never Die Alone (1991) 59 eksemplarer
Street Players (1973) 49 eksemplarer
Death List (1974) 44 eksemplarer
Inner City Hoodlum (1601) 44 eksemplarer
Kenyatta's Escape (1995) 39 eksemplarer
Eldorado Red (Reissue ed) (1974) 35 eksemplarer
Cry Revenge (1974) 34 eksemplarer
Swamp Man (1974) 32 eksemplarer
Kenyatta's Last Hit (1975) 31 eksemplarer
Daddy Cool (Graphic) (2003) 29 eksemplarer
Vendeurs de mort (1994) 1 eksemplar
Truands and Co. (1994) 1 eksemplar
Le dernier coup de Kenyatta (2005) 1 eksemplar

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Goines wrote this in prison, and it is an amazing immersion in a world of addicts who will do anything for their next fix--and I do mean anything, since Porky, the dealer, is a cruel and imaginative sort. The story follows Teddy, who is pretty worthless from the start, and will steal from his own family if needed, and Terry, his beautiful girlfriend whom he has grubbed off of and now has addicted to heroin. Will either survive? Because this is told in the third person, the reader has no assurance that the narrator will survive. I highly recommend this if you have a tolerance for some of the most disgusting, but well-written, fiction you have ever experienced. This goes straight for the gut and succeeds almost totally, with barely a false note.

Excellent narration by Kevin Kenerly makes the story come alive.
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datrappert | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jan 2, 2024 |
Never Die Alone is rumored to have been the book that got Goines and his wife murdered for telling a real life event and not changing enough details where people couldn't figure out who was who. After reading it, and realizing this is the only book of this style and format he ever wrote, I can see that.

The main protagonist is King David, the worst piece of shit that ever walked the face of the earth. He's a low level heroin dealer, and after too much carelessness, leaves NY for LA to get a change of scenery. Soon as he's there he's doing the most to fuck people over so he can get a piece of the heroin action out there - including passing his products off for something they're not. When he gets his business and money straight, he meets a square that's got her head on her shoulders and falls in love. But she's a party girl that eventually shows her true colors. That sends him spiraling down the same path that made him leave NY and go back home to face the consequences of his demons he left behind.

The book has three different main stories going on, all of which connect to King David. And it's not for the faint of heart. This one isn't as gruesome as White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief, but it has it's WTF moments that will have you rooting he gets his just desserts.

Read this one because it's the last of the great Goines books.

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Articul8Madness | 1 anden anmeldelse | Nov 6, 2023 |
Whoreson is Goines at his best, giving us what we love the most with tight plotlines and believable dialogue.

Whoreson Jones is a mutt his whorish mama slipped and got caught with. And she's pretty pissed he came out a boy and light like the white men she can't stand spreading her legs for. So he grows up in a ghettoized version of a whore house (that ain't a house but apartments rented by his mother's co-workers) learning the pimping and whoring game from her. Then as a tween he learns how to hustle cards and hood games. Then his mother dies and he embarks on a mission to be the baddest player that ever walked the planet, until not heeding his mother's tutelage makes him slip, fall, and he can't get his game back up.

And in true Goines fashion, no one gets out alive.
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Articul8Madness | 5 andre anmeldelser | Nov 6, 2023 |
Eldorado Red to me is a cross mix between Cry Revenge and Daddy Cool, as far as elements of partners and family relationships, with a dash of Inner City Hoodlum in it (the partners in crime robbing their way to being rich). Typical Detroit Goines fare this go round. Eldorado Red's a big guy running numbers, his people are getting busted because somebody is messing with his trap houses, and relations with his son who he keeps trying to be a father to keep fracturing out of his son's own bitterness, ambition, and anger over his dad not raising him. Father doesn't suspect son, until a series of events start making him side-eye his kid and testing his loyalties to one big showdown. In true Goines fashion, no one gets out alive.… (mere)
Articul8Madness | 1 anden anmeldelse | Nov 6, 2023 |

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