Detective Salvatore Messina, known on the street as "Black Sallie Blue Eyes," is investigating
the murder of a man outside of an exclusive New York City nightclub. The victimís cousin, an
Albanian immigrant called Vooko, who was working as a bouncer at the club, is run down by an SUV
on the same night and badly injured.† Vooko checks himself out of the hospital and goes looking
for the killer.
The story takes a twisted path through the world of hip-hop sound and some of the people who
make the music. One such group known as "Proof Positive" is fronted by a character called Scholar,
an ex-con with a prison-yard chip on his shoulder. The group is not much more civilized.† When a
record producer suggests that their songs need a little more work, they respond in jailhouse
fashion by carving him up with knives to teach him a little respect.
Another character enters the scene. Kal Kessler is a rich white kid who has an entitlement
complex and a serious drug habit. It seems that some foreign doorman at a swanky nightclub
wouldnít allow Kal to move to the front of the line and he felt humiliated.† Kal turns to his
drug connection, a street thug, to help get revenge.
Itís up to Black Sallie Blue Eyes to make sense of all this while trying to fend off the
political pressure that big money can buy.
This debut novel by author Marc Blatte is a study in similarities and contrasts.† All of the
players want the same thing: the good life.† Kal Kessler was born into it, Vooko discovered it
when he came to America, and Scholar watched it pass him by; thumbing its nose at him.
Kal Kessler has never lived anything but the good life and sees it as his personal right.† Vooko
looks at the beautiful things that money can buy and dreams of finding a way to earn it.† Scholar
has no intention of earning anything; if youíve got the muscle and the boldness, you just take
what you want.
This book was one of those fast reads. The action keeps you awake and the plot keeps you
interested.† At times it looks like noir and at others itís almost urban lit.† Whatever it is,
itís a great start to a promising career for Marc Blatte.