This is a striking debut novel reflecting the gritty reality of urban drug dealing. Ty Johnson inherited the family business at age 14 when his father went to jail. Now 17 years old, Ty is one of the most successful drug dealers on the Brooklyn streets. He is charming and skilled, and he operates with an ethical code that has earned him serious street cred. But Ty's professional, and personal, life is thrown into chaos when heavyweight competition enters the neighbourhood and a nasty turf war begins...Inspired by her experiences teaching in inner-city Brooklyn, van Diepen tells the gripping story of just one boy soldier on the front lines of the US drug dealing empire.
Allison van Diepen is a high school social studies teacher. She spent three and a half years teaching at one of Brooklyn's most dangerous schools. She now lives in Ottowa, Canada. This is her first novel.