Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Murder on the Down Low- Book Review

Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young

Young, handsome, successful African-American men are being gunned down in Los Angeles. At first, the murders look random and unrelated to the police investigating. There is a common link between them, however, all the men were on the down low. All were living their lives as heterosexual males but secretly having sexual relationships with other men.

Attorney Vernetta Henderson and her friends must prove to the police and the public that their friend, Special, had nothing to do with their murders even though all the evidence points to her. The recent death of their friend to AIDS, that she acquired from her husband who was on the down low, fueled some revenge getting actions by Special that doesn't help her case.

This book is filled with great suspense and legal drama. I loved the plot, definitely not one I had read before. I remember watching the episode of Oprah, about men on the DL, that inspired the author to write this novel. I was surpirsed/shocked, as I believe most people were when they watched, to learn about the secret lives of these men. I also liked, that despite the premise of the book and the fact that it is fiction and a legal-thriller, Pamela Samuels Young presents valuable information about AIDS/HIV and about the treatment of gay men/women in both Black and Hispanic communities and how it contributes to men living double lives.

This was my first book read by Pamela Samuels Young. I really enjoyed it and will definitely read more of her books.

3.5/5

Thanks go to Tracee from Pump Up Your Book Promotions for providing the book for me to read and review. Come back on Monday, December 15th when Pamela Samuels Young stops by on her blog tour for a guest post.

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