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That Devil's No Friend of Mine

J. D. Mason

St. Martin's Press

When Bishop Fontaine passed away he left behind more than a list of good deeds.  He was known as a caring friend and doting father. . .but he was also manipulative and controlling, especially to those he loved.  His death begins to unravel deep secrets and shocking desires among the people he cared about the most. . .

 

His daughter, Kristine, feels that with her father’s death she is finally free.  His best friend and business partner, Lamar, feels that now can finally have what he has longed for all these years: Kristine.  His protégé, Cole, the boxing champion and rising star, married a woman Bishop never approved of and may have been right about.  Rayne, the blues singer and ex-junkie relied on Bishop to keep her clean and is now slipping down a dark path without him.  And Rhonda, Lamar’s wife, is determined to ignore what has been unfolding in front of her if it means that her predictable life will go unchanged.  And then a newcomer steps onto the scene and threatens to turn everything upside down.

 

Five very different people whose lives are only connected by Bishop suddenly find themselves up close and personal as desires, dreams and passions collide.


When Bishop Fontaine passed away he left behind more than a list of good deeds.  He was known as a caring friend and doting father. . .but he was also manipulative and controlling, especially to those he loved.  His death begins to unravel deep secrets and shocking desires among the people he cared about the most. . .

 

His daughter, Kristine, feels that with her father’s death she is finally free.  His best friend and business partner, Lamar, feels that now can finally have what he has longed for all these years: Kristine.  His protégé, Cole, the boxing champion and rising star, married a woman Bishop never approved of and may have been right about.  Rayne, the blues singer and ex-junkie relied on Bishop to keep her clean and is now slipping down a dark path without him.  And Rhonda, Lamar’s wife, is determined to ignore what has been unfolding in front of her if it means that her predictable life will go unchanged.  And then a newcomer steps onto the scene and threatens to turn everything upside down.

 

Five very different people whose lives are only connected by Bishop suddenly find themselves up close and personal as desires, dreams and passions collide.


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HE’D CHAIN-SMOKE HER IF HE COULD

Tauris Diggs sat in the back of the room, cloaked in darkness, sipping on gin and tonic, taking her in an inch at a time. Rayne was built like rhythms, with flowing lines curving into hips, thighs, and ass. She didn't have much on top, but it didn't matter. Tauris glanced around the room wondering if anyone in that audience could see his fingerprintson her skin. Could they see the impression his lips had left on hers? No. And it was all well and good, too, because these people weren't grown enough to bear witness to the kind of shit he and Rayne did

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"Mason has become a major name in African American fiction. Her stark portrayals of her characters and their innermost thoughts bring the readers right into the emotional center of the story. Those who enjoy Carl Weber and Eric Jerome Dickey will add Mason to their list of favorites." --Booklist
 
"Bishop Fontaine is a huge presence in the lives of his friends and family, and Mason adeptly shows how his death has an equally powerful impack on them. Diverse emotions flow across the pages, and readers will savor the intimacies and storylines that make this novel an exceptional offering." --Romantic Times BOOKreviews
 
"Bittersweet tale of how one manipulative man's death impacts the lives of others; masterfully told." --Fresh Fiction 
"Mason has become a major name in African American fiction. Her stark portrayals of her characters and their innermost thoughts bring the readers right into the emotional center of the story. Those who enjoy Carl Weber and Eric Jerome Dickey will add Mason to their list of favorites." --Booklist
 
"Bishop Fontaine is a huge presence in the lives of his friends and family, and Mason adeptly shows how his death has an equally powerful impack on them. Diverse emotions flow across the pages, and readers will savor the intimacies and storylines that make this novel an exceptional offering." --Romantic Times BOOKreviews
 
"Bittersweet tale of how one manipulative man's death impacts the lives of others; masterfully told." --Fresh Fiction 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • J. D. Mason

  • J.D. MASON is the author of YOU GOTTA SIN TO GET SAVED, THIS FIRE DOWN IN MY SOUL, DON'T WANT NO SUGAR, AND ON THE EIGTH DAY SHE RESTED, and ONE DAY I SAW A BLACK KING. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her two children.

  • J. D. Mason
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That Devil's No Friend of Mine

J. D. Mason

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