On the streets, crime and violence are part of the daily routine, and revenge has taken the place of stickball. Staying straight isn't easy, especially when one's family is mixed up in gang wars and drug dealing. When Rainbow Jordan's brother Stoney is murdered, he's determined to find the killer—both to avenge his brother's death and prove his own innocence in the murders that follow. Renay Jackson tells his characters' stories in the voices of the streets: the drug lords and their victims; desperate young men and women whose only goal is a better lifestyle and more money despite the consequences; and those who are simply victims of a system that's held them down their whole lives. More than just a page-turner, Oaktown Devil speaks for readers outside the mainstream and offers a voice for an overlooked population.
"There has never been a substitute for originality. Renay Jackson serves up a generous, innovative dose of it in the first of his series of crime novels, Oaktown Devil. The story plays out on the streets of Oakland in California's underbelly, where drug trafficking, violence, and double crosses are a way of life. This powerfully framed tale of what has recently been termed 'hip hop literature' is the zenith of the art form." - Robert Greer, best-selling author of The CJ Floyd Mysteries and Heat Shock