Working with a new co-author, rapper, reality TV star and Law & Order: SVU actor Ice-T has produced his second gangster thriller (Kings of Vice, 2011).
Three months out of Attica, where he did a 20-year stretch, Crush Casey has two problems to solve: how to keep Carla sweet even if he won’t give her a baby and how to resume his kingpin role among the old and new players in New York’s crime world. The bickering with Carla is endless, but the guys respond well to his quotations from Sun Tzu and his plans to undermine the NYPD, which involve some heavy-duty backup from Champa and Shin and a car-heist scheme that will net a multimillion-dollar payday. First, though, Crush must take care of a small matter for Lomax, his parole officer, who wants him to off Armenian heroin distributor Alek Petrosian. Crush agrees, not only because he has no choice, but because he wants his own men out of the drug trade. Meanwhile, he makes high-tech preparations to leak police transgressions, like blackmail, assault and murder, to news departments and social media sites, creating chaos in law enforcement. But then the flu knocks out the computer whiz assigned to ensnare the police, Carla is taken hostage, and Petrosian, like Crush, turns out to have his eye on those 20 one-of-a-kind automobiles due to arrive in the States.
A noir for fans of Ice-T, with lots of excremental swearing and raunchy epithets.