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Book Review

January 19, 2011

“Natural Born Hustler”

“Natural Born Hustler”by Nikki Turner

c.2010, Ballantine One World     $13.00 / $15.00 Canada  112 pages

No money?  No worries.

Even in a bad economy, you’re a survivor. You got connections, friends, and you got your game on. You won’t starve. A little ingenuity and a few tips, and you can hustle up what you need. It’s all good.

But watch your back, even if you have nothing to do with what’s going down. You never know when things might get bad, as you’ll see in the new book “Natural Born Hustler” by Nikki Turner.

Desember Day hated when she and Fame fought, but it happened now and then. He was her man, but he sometimes forgot that Desember could hustle snow to a penguin. When he was ignorant enough to tell her where she could and couldn’t sell her merchandise, well, nobody told Desember what to do.

The only good thing about fighting was making-up, and they were just about to do that. As they fumbled with one another in the car on a lonely North Carolina side road, a motorcycle passed and shots sizzled through the night air. Fame was hit all over, but the wound in his belly was the worst. Desember rode with him in the ambulance, praying and thinking about what got them there…

Ever since grade-school, Desember and Fame were like magnets, though they fought then, too. His family didn’t like Desember. Her family was a mess, and she wondered who her biological father was. But love can overcome, and when they officially became a couple, Desember moved out of her Mama’s house – she was going to anyhow, because she couldn’t tolerate her stepfather’s abuse – and she moved in with Fame.

Things were good for awhile. Fame made sure they always had money and food on the table. Desember had his back on big jobs. She learned to cook. He taught her to shoot. Then came the night on the side of the road.

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