John Shannon's son J.J. is a huge fan of hip-hop artist Yousef al-Salaam, formerly Deuce F., who recently converted to Sufism, a mystical order of Islam. The popular musician also happens to be on a terrorist watch list.
When al-Salaam is shot outside a Manhattan nightclub, Shannon agrees to investigate the murder as a favor to J.J. Was al-Salaam entangled in a feud with East Coast gangsta rapper T-Mo? Or was he caught on the wrong side of Islamic extremism?
The NYPD has given up on the case and, after a close call with T-Mo's thugs, so has Shannon. But something—curiosity, ego, anger?—drives him to penetrate the murky mystery surrounding al-Salaam, whose search for enlightenment reminds Shannon of his own quest for personal growth.
Clyde W. Ford's "Deuce's Wild" (PageFree paperback, $13.95) seamlessly blends the elements of a classic crime novel with the modern flair of hip-hop rivalry.