Eve A Novel


St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

336 Pages



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The only family Eve Panelli has ever known is the infamous Twenty Gang. Orphaned as a small child, Eve quickly learned the art of the hustle, and by age seventeen she had spent two years in prison. But now Eve is eighteen, back on the streets of Harlem with her gang and up to one of her old tricks: strong-arm robbery. Despite her edge, she's got a soft spot for Felon, the up-and-coming street king.

Eve's life takes a serious turn when the powerful DeNardi family, the city's biggest drug supplier, tries to tighten its hold on Harlem. And when Eve's best friend, Cassidy, is murdered in the crossfire, Eve seeks revenge—starting all the way at the top.


Praise for Eve

"Urban/hip-hop fiction readers, look out! Here comes Evelyn Pannetti, or Eve, as she is known on the streets. Orphaned at a young age, Eve has run with gangs most of her life and by age 17 has already done time. Back on the street, she must take control when the powerful drug-dealing DeNardi family hits Harlem and her best friend is murdered. Readers will be living a tough life vicariously as the beautiful, cunning, and dangerous Eve confronts crime, love, loss, and revenge in the Big Apple, wonderfully detailed here. The gritty, in-your-face violence will attract some readers and repel others, but this gangsta romp is indisputably a page-turner."—Lisa Jones, Tuscaloosa Public Library, Alabama, Library Journal

"In this juicy, hard-hitting hip-hop romp, K'wan paints . . . [a] portrait of Eve Panelli, a banging little Harlem outlaw who's had to grow up fast since the murder of her parents—Joe-Joe, her Italian-Irish dad, a 'soldier' in an Italian mob family, and Shanice, her black mother. At 17, Eve feels like a $5 whore when she gets out of juvenile detention after taking the heat for two fellow Harlem gangstas, Felon, whom she's secretly sweet on, and Butter, his closest road dawg. Felon loves Eve, but he's also a hustler who'd 'rather be cold and rich than warm and broke' when he begins dealing with Carlo DeNardi, the degenerate son of the mobster who offed Eve's parents. Aside from her cool Uncle Bobby, a vet in a wheelchair, Eve's true 'fam' becomes the Twenty-Gang sistaz. The brutal murder of Cassidy, Eve's best home girl and crime partner, leads to Eve's heart-stopping opportunity for revenge and a thrilling conclusion."—Publishers Weekly

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Chapter One

Cassidy stood in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, trying to get her hair clip to stay in place. She could've kicked herself for not letting her sister, Sheeka, braid it the day before. After getting frustrated,...

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  • K’wan

  • K'wan is a Harlem native and the author of Hood Rat, Eve, Hoodlum, Street Dreams, Gangsta and Road Dawgz. He has been featured in KING magazine, The New York Press, MTV, BET, VIBE and Big News.

  • K'wan