Novel by Ras Dennis Jabari Reynolds
|2007||Around the Way Books||978-0975534236||English|
A Hot Stepper's rule is 'Death before dishonor'.
The streets of Central Kingston become bloody when the rule of law is kill or be killed. Devon Steel, a.k.a. Cold Steel, a teenager who dared to do the unthinkable, carves a reputation for himself as the chief enforcer of an indomitable street gang. When members of the elite National Security and Eradication Unit are executed, a nation-wide manhunt forces Steel to flee Jamaica. He arrives in New York with one vision to unify all the Jamaican dons, create the greatest empire, and rule it all. Steel is joined by his childhood partner, Marshal, the only person he can trust with his life, money and women. Their vision for empiredom is thwarted when their coalition is marked for death by the DEA, the NYPD, the Columbian cartel, and the revenge-seeking Eradication Unit. Steel gives no ground; instead, he engages his enemies by changing the rules of warfare. While the battle wages, Steel is torn between two women, Paula Palmer and Jackie Azan. One is the uppity daughter of a reputed area don, and the other a club diva. Many will suffer, many will die, and a new dynasty will be created by the lionhearted Hot Stepper.