Takedown by Allison van Diepen
After serving two years in Juvie taking the blame for Diamond Tony’s drugs, Darren is out and dealing drugs again, but this time as an insider informant for the police. He can’t wait to get Tony’s whole operation busted as revenge. One problem, however, is his growing relationship with the sweet Jessica, a Beyonce’ look-alike whose parents would kill her if they found out she was dating a dealer. The situation gets even more complicated when Diamond Tony’s gang instigates a turf war with another local gang, and Darren’s police detective gets himself killed after bragging about a big drug takedown on the local television news.
While I didn’t love this as much as Street Pharm, it is definitely worth the time. Van Diepen fans and readers of Urban Drama are perfect fits for her newest title. What I especially appreciated was that the writer used realistic language without every other word being a swear word. Her characters felt familiar yet new at the same time, a plus for writers for write urban novels which can sometimes feel stereotypical in terms of character and plot.