Pauper and Prince in Harlem
A vulnerable kid. A brutal enemy. An addled ally. Blood runs cold on Harlem’s hottest summer night
when Drive-by assassins shoot up a crowded playground, killing the teenaged friend of private eye SJ
Rook. Only fourteen, the kid was smart, affectionate, and alive with potential. His sudden death
strikes the cynical Rook through the heart. Was this boy the victim of a cruel accident? Or was he
targeted by gang hit men in a ruthless display of power?
To find the killers, Rook must enlist the help of another teen, Whip, a mysterious runaway witness.
Whip is a transgender boy whose life on the streets has drawn him into the realm of a violent mob
kingpin. Damaged by his mother’s rejection, Whip doesn’t want to be found. Not by the cops or by
community do-gooders. And certainly not by Rook, a resolute stranger with vengeance on his mind.
Rook’s search for the elusive kid becomes a dangerous trek through the meanest corners of his
Racing from desolate homeless camps to urban swamps, from settlement houses to high-rise
palaces ruled by greed and corruption, the determined Rook pursues his quarry. An unexpected
twist in the detective’s relationship with his crime-fighting partner, Sabrina Ross, threatens to derail
his mission. Noble tramps, vicious thugs, and a pint-sized trigger woman also complicate Rook’s
efforts to protect Whip. When a mob prince and a hobo hold the boy’s life in the balance will Rook’s
grit and imagination be enough to save Whip and bring the killers to justice?

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Author Bio – Delia C. Pitts is the author of the Ross Agency Mysteries, a contemporary private eye
series including Lost and Found in Harlem, Practice the Jealous Arts, and Black and Blue in
Harlem. She is a former university administrator and U.S. diplomat, who served in West Africa and
Mexico. After working as a journalist, she earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.
She has published more than sixty fan fiction titles under the pen name Blacktop. Pauper and Prince
in Harlem is the fourth novel in the Ross Agency Mystery series. The fifth, Murder My Past, will be
released in 2021. Learn more at her website,

Social Media Links – Website: Instagram: deliapitts50 Twitter: @blacktop1950

My Thoughts

This was interesting and shows a diverse group of characters which make for a very good book. The story was solid as well which made sure that you were enthralled by the story.

My only issue is the names of all the characters just takes me a bit out of the stories but I know they are necessary as well since these tend to be street names.

I enjoyed the book though and think had I read the books all of them it would have made this a bit easier for me as well since I would have had the full story.

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