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Best Urban Fiction Books

Immerse yourself in the realistic narratives of city life with the best urban fiction books, highly praised and frequently recommended by leading reading enthusiasts and blogs within the genre.

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The Coldest Winter Ever
Sister Souljah - 2006-02-01 (first published in 1999)
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This intense and gripping debut novel by Sister Souljah takes readers deep into the world of a young, wealthy, Brooklyn-born girl named Winter. Raised by a family of drug-dealers, Winter is no stranger to the streets and has all the street smarts to navigate them. But when an unexpected turn of events threatens to take everything away from her, Winter must fight harder than ever to maintain her position. With a special collector's edition and an author Q&A, dive into this unforgettable story and experience life on the gritty streets of New York.
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Let That Be the Reason
Vickie M. Stringer - 2002-06-01
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In Let That Be the Reason, Vickie M. Stringer takes readers on a gritty journey through the world of drugs, crime, and survival. Based on her own experiences, Stringer crafts a compelling story of love, ambition, forgiveness, and salvation. Follow Pamela Xavier as she transforms herself into Carmen, navigating the dangerous streets and becoming entangled in the drug game. With raw emotion and unflinching honesty, Stringer explores the high stakes of this life, showing the reader the true cost of chasing money and happiness. A true testament to the power of redemption and second chances, Let That Be the Reason is a must-read for fans of urban fiction.
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Storm Front
Jim Butcher - 2000-04-01
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Looking for a book that's a little different? Meet Harry Dresden - paranormal investigator, lost item finder, and all-round wizard extraordinaire. When the Chicago P.D. need answers to strange, magical crimes, they turn to Harry. But when he's brought in to consult on a double murder committed with the darkest of magic, things take a dangerous turn. With a black mage on the loose and Harry's life at risk, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.
In this riveting sequel, Teri Woods takes readers back to the gritty streets of urban America. True to the Game II picks up where the first book left off, diving deeper into the dangerous worlds of drugs, money, and power. With a cast of unforgettable characters and a fast-paced plot, this paperback is a must-read for fans of street lit and crime fiction. Woods' sharp writing and authentic portrayal of street life will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. Don't miss out on this thrilling installment in the True to the Game series.
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Magic Bites
A Special Edition of the First Kate Daniels Novel
Ilona Andrews - 2007-03-27
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Mercenary Kate Daniels lives in a world where magic ebbs and flows, giving rise to unpredictable paranormal problems. When her guardian is murdered, Kate becomes embroiled in a power struggle between rival factions in Atlanta's magical circles. With necromancers who can control vampires and a clan of shapechangers both vying for control, Kate must find the killer before she becomes a target herself. This special edition includes a wealth of background information on the world of Kate Daniels, including quizzes and character descriptions.