What people are saying…
“After reading this can’t-take-my-eyes-from-the-pages hardened street novella, I’m thinking less is much more. The authors’ writing rarely misses a beat with characters caught in a violent criminal world with no escape. The work is a breath of fresh air from lengthy, trying-too-hard-to-shock street lit and is an excellent choice for all metropolitan collections.”
—Library Journal (starred review, Pick of the Month)
“The urban setting is unnamed but familiar in this brief, bloody tale of wasted lives lived short and hard.”
“Simultaneously a fast-paced crime drama and an engrossing, unsentimental moral tale, H.N.I.C. peers into the dark heart that underpins the codes of loyalty and friendship, betrayal and vengeance.”
—Brooklyn Daily Eagle
“In a genre that too often places incorrect ebonics in the mouths of black characters and fails to cross the empathy gap to get into their heads, Savile and Prodigy arrive at a seamless voice that is a refreshing take on crime fiction tropes . . . if tone and texture are what you’re looking for in your hardcore literature . . . H.N.I.C. delivers the goods.”
“H.N.I.C. is written by Prodigy himself and shows the extent to which good rappers can make good storytellers.”
“Ultimately, H.N.I.C. deals on all the right levels and is completely satisfying.”
—Blackout Book Review
“If you don’t have this novella in your library collection already, please be on the lookout for this 2013 release, H.N.I.C., penned by Hip Hop artist Prodigy of the group, Mobb Deep.”
“The strength of this novella, in addition to its straightforward prose and rapid pacing, rests on the universal theme at its center: loyalty. Loyalty and the bullshit our friends put us through . . . Like any good work of crime, H.N.I.C. is grounded in such common experiences and, like any good work of crime, it speaks to all of us, despite the fact that very few of us can bypass an alarm system through some computer trickery.”
—Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together
“It tells the…urban tale of deceit, greed and questioned loyalty with just enough drama to keep you turning the pages.”
“A brutal and quick read . . . custom-made for the big screen.”
—Charles Tatum’s Review Archive
“You can tell that a true lyricist created this gritty tale about greed, betrayal, and street romance. The wordplay is dead on. Combine that with the details that give the freshness of immediate experience and you are no longer reading the story, you are suddenly a character in it. This is what good writing does—it puts you right there in the middle of the action. Excellent read. Salute!”
—Miasha, best-selling author of Secret Society
“Prodigy is a proven storyteller and his skills spill over into the literature game effortlessly. This is a five-star read.”
—JaQuavis Coleman, best-selling coauthor of the Cartel series
“H.N.I.C. is a quick yet engaging read that kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen next.”
—K’wan, best-selling author of Animal
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Click here to read a front page New York Times Arts Section feature about H.N.I.C. and the Infamous Books imprint.
Click here to read a feature about H.N.I.C. and Infamous Books at Publishers Weekly; here to read an article in the Village Voice about Mobb Deep and Infamous Books; here to read about Infamous Books on AllHipHop.com; here to read about Infamous Books and Prodigy at Vibe; here to read a feature on Prodigy and the Mobb Deep tour; here to read an interview with Prodigy at the New York Daily News; and here to read a feature on Prodigy, H.N.I.C., and Infamous books in Brooklyn Based.
Prodigy, from the legendary hip-hop group Mobb Deep, launches Akashic’s new Infamous Books imprint with a story of loyalty, vengeance, and greed.
Pappy tries to break out of the game before the head of his crew, Black, gets them all killed. Against his better judgment Pappy agrees to do one last job, but only because it’s the price of his freedom. He knows Black can’t be trusted. He knows his “brother” would rather see him dead than let him walk away. Yet he still agrees to do the job because Black isn’t the only one who can’t be trusted. Sometimes you have to kill for what you want.
Further developing the stark realism and uncompromising streetwise narratives of his lyrics, H.N.I.C. cements Prodigy’s position as one of the foremost chroniclers of contemporary urban life. Simultaneously a fast-paced crime drama and an engrossing, unsentimental moral tale, H.N.I.C. peers into the dark heart that underpins the codes of loyalty and friendship, betrayal and vengeance.
With H.N.I.C., Prodigy inaugurates Infamous Books, a revolutionary partnership that pairs the Infamous Records brand with Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. Infamous Books’ mission is to connect readers worldwide to crime fiction and street lit authors both familiar and new. Future releases include works by national best sellers JaQuavis Coleman, K’wan, Miasha, Prodigy, and many others.
Click here to watch a video of Prodigy on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club; here to watch a video of a library event created by AALBC; click here to watch a video of Prodigy at Stupid Dope; click here to watch a video of Prodigy talking H.N.I.C. and Eminem at BallerStatus; here to see Prodigy read from and discuss H.N.I.C.; and click here to listen to an audio excerpt of the first chapter of H.N.I.C.
Check out this feature on Infamous Books at the 2014 Calabash Festival in The Gleaner (Jamaica).
Read about the Infamous Book launch at AllHipHop.com, and watch an interview with Prodigy below:
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- Tags: H.N.I.C., Havoc, hip-hop, Infamous Books, Mobb Deep, mystery, novella, Prodigy, Steven Savile, street lit, urban