There is an old saying that you can’t judge a book by its cover. That old maxim definitely applies in this case. See, if I would have ran across this book in a bookstore, I would have looked right past it because amidst all the other dazzling covers on the shelves, this cover looks paltry (at best.) Its really unfortunate because this book is FIRE! Although the story is cliche – guy from the streets makes it out of the ghetto but still has ghetto ties – the story is very well-written. Also, the Wall Street twist is refreshing as well. Mr. Richardson drops jewels on the trading industry that can hip a layman to that industry. He paints a vivid picture of the daily grind (and huge payments) of stock trading. He also sheds light on the other side of the drug game – the wealthy white users on Wall Street. The pacing of the novel is crisp, and the descriptions are solid enough to paint a picture, but not deep enough to draw you in (in my opinion.)
The only other knock on this book is the large amount of grammatical errors. At times, it becomes difficult to read the book because of the errors. You find yourself re-reading sentences to get a clear understanding of the text. Again, this is disappointing because the story is actually good. Unfortunately, some readers will be turned off from the errors and bad cover design. I give the novel 4 books!