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Woods, Teri
Adult Fiction WOODS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in Philadelphia in 1986, this blistering first in a new urban noir series from bestseller Woods (True to the Game) introduces 22-year-old Daisy Fothergill, a naOve African-American stripper. Daisy accepts $2,000 from an organized crime rep to provide an alibi for Bernard "Nard" Guess after he shoots two thieves to death as well as a buddy by accident in a North Philly drug house. An innocent witness to the bloodbath identifies Nard to the police, but pays a fatal price. When Daisy arrives home to tell her mother, Abigail, of her windfall and finds Abigail dead of natural causes, she discovers the $2,000 barely covers funeral costs. Her life takes an even nastier turn once Daisy starts dating Reggie Carter, a fast-talker who soon deserts her. Later, a pregnant Daisy flees to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to seek refuge with her aunt, but eventually she must return to Philly for a day of reckoning. This wickedly satisfying page-turner will leave readers eager for the next installment. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Verdict: Street-lit pioneer Woods (True to the Game) makes her hardcover debut with this gritty, botched robbery tale. While giving a sympathetic voice to her financially desparate heroine-who entertains no fantasies of knights in shining armor and uses sex to get what she wants-Woods observes that easy cash comes with a steep price. Her fans are sure to demand this; buy multiple copies. Background: In the novel's brutal opening scene, the attempted robbery of a Philadelphia drug lord's stash house goes seriously wrong, and three men die. The shooter, Nard, needs an alibi; he finds it in Daisy, a stripper who performs wearing four-inch stilettos and not much else. For a fast $2000, she agrees to testify she was with Nard in a private room at the time of the murders. But other interested parties-from the FBI to ruthless crime bosses-want to speak to Daisy. Fed up of being used by men, Daisy bolts from North Philly to rural Murfreesboro, TN. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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