Rahiem Jerome Brooks is the breakout novelist with an overwhelming reservoir of criminal tales that motivate American denizen to be overprotective with their personal data, i.e. social security number, pin number, and account number. He is a member of the Mystery Writer's of America, and his debut street thriller, LAUGH NOW won 2010 African-Americans on the Move Book Club's Book of the Year & he earned 2011 AAMBC Author of the Year. LAUGH NOW also the Most Creative Plot at the DMV Expo's Creative Excellent Awards. Rahiem was also nominated as Self-Published Author of the Year at the 2011 African-American Literary Awards.
Rahiem Brooks studied Film/TV at the University of California, Los Angeles, and currently studies English at Harvard University, and lives in Philadelphia building his Prodigy Publishing Group brand.
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All over the City of Philadelphia, crimes are being committed. Andre Bezel and his nemesis, former DEA Agent Lucas McKenzey, both want to commit the ultimate one, though: kidnapping Kareem Bezel from federal custody. Andre wants to rescue his brother from a lengthy prison term, while McKenzey wants to kill him. Whose wish will come true?
A smooth, savvy, sardonic, gay, criminal law attorney, Ravonne Lemmelle has been hired fresh out of Harvard Law School to Savino, Martir and Associates, a large Philadelphia firm. A recently separated, single father of one, with a few acquittals under his belt, he’s got a soft spot for no one, but the law. On a dark January morning, Wydell James was arrested for killing several people attending a party in Germantown: a section of North Philadelphia. Now he’s in a jail cell with no one to turn too, but his childhood friend, Ravonne Lemmelle. One thing makes Ravonne feel powerful; forcing prosecutors to dig deep into their legal coffers to sit across the courtroom from him. His investigation turns up more suspects, a new purpose to kill, and Ravonne realizes the power is closer—and more obtainable—than he could ever possibly known. Things become more complex when two people enters his life: his estranged wife and a serial killer. But Ravonne’s one purpose: an acquittal for Wydell James.
LAUGH NOW (first in Bezel Brothers series): By 22, Kareem Bezel has made it to the top rung of the New York fashion scene, and he has done everything, including fraud, theft, receiving stolen property, theft by deception, identity theft, and embezzlement, to get there. His crafty spree of thievery propped his older brother, Andre Bezel's illicit drug business right into the cross hairs of corrupt DEA Agent Lucas McKenzey. Set in Philadelphia and its suburbs, LAUGH NOW, proposes that, although you're taken out the ghetto, if you were born to be a hustler that is what you'll be. The story shifts to New York, New York, but before the brothers get there, Dre is under suspicion for a murder. By the story's end, the brothers have a decorated federal agent exposed for the fraud that he is, and a story to tell: "The agent made us do it, or he would have us locked up like he did our dad." Does the bold statement help them avoid mandatory federal terms of imprisonment? Amazon Reviews
FIRST LAUGH E-book only (Prequel in Bezel Brothers Series): First Laugh is the 27,000-word novella and prequel to Laugh Now. It is the back story of Kareem Bezel to highlight why he became such a prolific thief by high school, and why Andre Bezel decided to sell drugs. First Laugh will also get into why the brothers have such a love/hate relationship. The is a must read for all Laugh Now lovers and those anticipating DIE LATER! Amazon Reviews
DIE LATER (Third in Bezel Brothers Series): Assistant United States Attorney Barnswell thinks that he has everything he needs to convict the Bezel brothers. Dre and Kareem are on trial for allegedly violating a laundry list of statues in the United States Code. Problem is, Kareem Bezel sees things quite differently and sets out to prove their innocence in the Philadelphia trial of the year: United States of America vs. Andre and Kareem Bezel, et al. Appropriately, someone must die in order for Kareem to get his way. Amazon Reviews
CON TEST: Double Life: William Fortune is a novelist who has created spine-jolting and masterful crime thrillers that catapults him to the Best Sellers List and blockbuster films. His prismatic life is being chased down by the intricately mystifying Justice Lorenzo, a con man who has been feeding William his plots for years. All is well considering Williams earnings keep Justice Lorenzo on the run from the Secret Service for identity theft, fraud related crimes, and the unthinkable: murder. A problem arises when Justice demands that William write his latest novel, DOUBLE LIFE, with the exact facts that placed Justice on the run. William refuses because that may lead to Justices arrest, and maybe his too, as an accessory after the fact. As a result Williams finds himself kidnapped, tortured and his wife doing the unthinkable to get the ransom money. Amazon Review