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By Sister Souljah

A fierce fighter with center and a strong brain, dead night is prepared to do something to shield his kin, the ladies he loves, and his company and estate. during this riveting prequel to her city vintage, The Coldest iciness Ever, Sister Souljah reintroduces readers to Ricky Santiago’s powerful, humble, and dangerously appealing lieutenant. The complex storytelling during this passionate story of affection, loyalty, energy, and survival will sweep readers from the rich North African property of Midnight’s father to the complex demanding situations and confrontations of the Brooklyn tasks the place hour of darkness lands along with his appealing mom. This tale will movement your middle and soul and alter your existence ceaselessly.

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