What if a 10,000 member gang hunted your city's wealthiest?
"I F#($@NG loved this book. It highlights a lot of social issues that are big problems in today's society, ones that most people try to ignore because it makes them feel guilty." -Top 100 Goodreads Reviewer
The Guarantee: If you don't like Streets of Gold I'll give you my author's cut. It's not much, but hopefully it shows the commitment is to you, the reader, having a good experience.
Did you know: A few of Los Angeles's biggest gangs have more members than the LAPD has officers?
- A gang pledge, A payday loan scion, The streets of LA: Classes Clash
- A fast read with characters and concepts that stay with you
- Written by Hopwood Award winner and screenwriter E.P. Shelky
"For a debut author to produce something like this gets me more excited than a Nun at a cucumber patch. It was gritty yet smooth, sad and quite frankly scary because these things are happening every single day, it's reality." -Top NetGalley Review
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Hustle the beautifully gritty streets of Los Angeles in the shoes of a 14-year-old gang pledge and a wealthy entrepreneur playboy who live a mile apart but would never cross paths . . . until now.
Scooby grew up believing a brutal LA gang, the Lords Latino, was responsible for putting food on his family’s table. Now, still too young to shave, he has a chance to join his brother in the gang and help provide for his baby sister. First, though, he must survive initiation: being beaten—possibly to death—or committing an unthinkable crime.
In the same city but a different world, payday loan scion Tom Milford would rather be partying the night away with (yet another) model, but after insensitive comments land his company in a PR quagmire, his very public act of contrition takes him to a rough-around-the-edges part of town, where bad timing places him at the center of Scooby’s initiation.
Their violent clash triggers a series of events that rapidly spirals out of control, putting both lives in the crosshairs and bringing tensions that have long simmered just below the city’s surface to a boil, drawing young and old, poor and rich, powerful and powerless into a battle that threatens to destroy them all.
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"Streets of Gold is fantastic. The characters are crazy rich in depth, the situation they’re thrown in makes me sweat, and I'm sympathetic to everyone, waffling between who I am cheering for. I don't see how this doesn't get turned into a movie. So gritty, so awesome." -Jared Young
"I found this on my boyfriend's step and started reading the next morning and literally couldn't put it down. I finished the whole thing that day. It was awesome, well written, super interesting, and I've already recommended it to a bunch of people." -MM
"I only read a few fiction books a year, and I'm glad that "Streets of Gold" was one of them. It was a very fun and engaging read intertwining some of today's issues around distribution of wealth and economic opportunity." -BB
"I read and reviewed both Streets of Gold and City on Fire in advance of their release and found it interesting that these two titles came out on the same day. The former was purchased for 2 million dollars and is an interesting 900+ page opus, while Streets of Gold was published by a small press and took the opposite tack as a fast, nimble piece. Yet, both accomplish the same thing in providing a gritty suspenseful look at our cities - One for Los Angeles and one for New York. In terms of value for the time spent on the page Streets of Gold delivers best." -EM
"Streets of Gold" looks at some of today's most current issues of social justice, such as wealth distribution and equity of opportunity, through the lens of two very different characters. Scooby and Tom Milford come from two very different sides of Los Angeles, and yet it only takes minutes for their lives to become intertwined. And as different as Scooby and Milford are, they both are struggling to find a fit in the circumstances they were dealt. Set against the backdrop of police corruption, gang affiliation and the potential for cultural unrest, "Streets of Gold" ultimately looks at the human spirit and what we are capable of when we make the hard decisions that are congruent with the core of who we are. -BM