Simon Vozick-Levinson
August 08, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Sanyika Shakur
publisher
Grove Press
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B-

In T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E., Sanyika Shakur’s first novel (following his acclaimed gang memoir Monster), semi-reformed Crips leader Lapeace tries desperately to evade bigoted cops and to locate his own moral center in mid-’90s L.A.

Movie Pitch
Boyz N the Hood as a straight-to-DVD pulpfest.

Last Word
Two-dimensional characters and shoddy plotting abound, but Shakur delivers some moments of powerful pathos — and a numbingly high body count, if it’s gore you’re looking for. B-

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