The Importance of Being Dangerous

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In the 1990s, as the Internet boomed and investments soared to unthinkable heights, many people were left with their feet planted firmly on the ground, looking enviously up at the more fortunate winners in life's game of roulette. This is the era in which we meet Sidarra, Griff, and Yakoob—hardworking folks who can't seem to get a toehold while wealth explodes around them. Each has personal struggles, but when they join the Central Harlem Investment Club, a plan to restore a little justice to their lives takes shape.

It seems Yakoob has found a way to siphon off funds from wealthy individuals—the kind of people who are well insured and will probably barely notice the missing money. But in order to justify personal gain at others' expense, the group decides to pick their victims based on people who have done harm to the black community in the past. A plan hatched in a dark pool hall could be a way to escape their drab lives and bring some equality back to the world.

But when the group takes in Yakoob's shady neighbor Raul, their scheme takes a sinister twist. Now, with murder in the mix, and the possibility of serious consequences, their best-laid plans may spiral into much more dangerous territory. . . .

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David Dante Troutt's first published collection of short stories, The Monkey Suit, fictionalized ten actual legal controversies involving African Americans from slavery to the present. His nonfiction includes legal and political commentary and analysis for national periodicals and legal scholarship about poverty, race, urban development, and intellectual property. Troutt recently edited an anthology of essays, After the Storm: Black Intellectuals Explore the Meaning of Hurricane Katrina. He is a professor of law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar at Rutgers University Law School (Newark). Originally a native of Harlem, Troutt now lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn. The Importance of Being Dangerous is his first published novel.

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Set in New York City in the mid 1990s, this uneven thriller from Rutgers law professor Troutt (The Monkey Suit) delivers a somewhat murky political message. Attractive single mother Sidarra, a frustrated employee of what she's derisively renamed the Department of Miseducation, struggles to make ends meet. Her chance attendance at a Harlem investment seminar leads her into a criminal alliance with Griff, a hunky defense attorney trapped in an unhappy marriage, and computer whiz Yakoob, whose skills enable the trio to steal credit information from rich whites who they think have harmed the black community. Sidarra, an idealist who chafes at the corporate, child-unfriendly approach of her bosses, lines her pockets with few qualms. The explicit sex scenes between Sidarra and Griff do nothing to advance the plot or develop the characters, while the finale will come as no surprise.
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