Jackson Bedeau is the leader of a highly skilled and sophisticated crime organization. He desperately wants to find and complete what is dubbed as the “last job” so that he and his team can retire from the street life forever. Unbeknownst to him, his employer Oliver “Ollie” Monk, London’s most notorious crime lord, is made aware of his plans, and begins to mastermind the removal of Jackson and promoting his overly ambitious, money hungry cousin Julius. 12th Ward Police Chief Devin “Finn” Finnegan receives vital information from Oliver to arrest Jackson for the murder of Finn’s nephew Aiden. Jackson is faced with the realization that he was set up and that this betrayal may have come at the hands of the love of his life, Jade.
The recollection of past times, sexual escapades, wins and losses, causes him to reengage his relationship with God, as he struggles both mentally and spiritually regarding the decisions made. Jackson finds himself trapped in the vicious, yet seductive, world of drugs, sex, and money, only to find that success in this world often comes at all costs. They say there's no way out once you're in, and everyone in stays until death, Will this prove true once again, or will Jackson be the exception?
Plot: Conley's crime story offers an awkward blend of elements, integrating erotica into a central character's somewhat dubious quest for religious redemption. The author transitions between past and present events with a degree of fluidity, but circumstances often blur into one another, with more attention paid to graphically detailed scenes of sexual intimacy than to truly compelling storytelling.
Prose: The author effectively describes settings and action sequences, but the prose tends toward flat and blatant; dialogue, meanwhile, is frequently unrealistic and grandiose.
Originality: While this novel is unique in its blending of genre conventions, the story ultimately falls short of memorable substance.
Character Development: Character development is insufficient in this work, with individuals coming across as interchangeable. Female characters are often reduced to sexual stereotypes; as a result, readers may have difficulties investing in the story's weightier content.
Date Submitted: May 19, 2019