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Authors: Vickie M. Stringer

The Reason Why

Let That Be the Reason
was the breakthrough debut novel that became an urban-lit classic and launched Vickie Stringer's career as bestselling author and publisher.
Imagine This
was the bestselling sequel and now comes the prequel
The Reason Why,
the long-awaited revelation of how Pamela and Chino became an urban contemporary Bonnie and Clyde.

Pamela was a naive coed from Detroit, going to classes by day and clubs by night. The hottest spot was Jazzy Jay's, and that's where one of the guys slipped his gun into her pocketbook, knowing that the police who had just descended on the club wouldn't check the girls for weapons. She didn't know his name or anything other than he was cute and charming. But when she tracked him down to return his property, she found out his name was Chino; his game was hustling; and his plan was to make her his woman, his wifey, and give her more than she ever bargained for out of life, love, and the pursuit of money.

VICKIE M. STRINGER
is the author of
Essence
bestsellers including
Imagine This, Let That Be the Reason, Dirty Red,
and
Still Dirty.
She is the publisher of Triple Crown Publications, one of the most successful African-American book publishers in the country and abroad. She has been featured in such prominent news media as the
New York Times, Newsweek,
MTV News,
Publishers Weekly, Vibe, Millionaire Blueprints,
Black Expressions, and many more. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her two children. Visit her website at
www.triplecrownpublications.com.

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COVER DESIGN BY PATRICK KANG • COVER PHOTO BY MARLON RICHARDSON/GETTY (WOMAN), TODD GIPSTEIN/GETTY (STREET), SONJA PACHO/ZEFA/CORBIS (MAN) • AUTHOR PHOTO BY PETER CHIN

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Stringer, Vickie M.

The reason why: a novel/Vickie M. Stringer.—1st Atria Paperback ed.
    p. cm.

Prequel to: Let that be the reason.
1. African American women—Fiction. 2. African Americans—Fiction.
3. Drug dealers—Fiction. I. Title.
PS3569.T69586R43 2009
813'.54—dc22    2009018265

ISBN 978-1-4391-6609-3
ISBN 978-1-4391-6610-9 (ebook)

Contents

Intro

Chapter 1: A Dream

Chapter 2: We Belong Together

Chapter 3: Be Careful

Chapter 4: Keeping Promises

Chapter 5: You Bring Me Joy

Chapter 6: Everything That Glitters Ain't Gold

Chapter 7: Slow It Down

Chapter 8: Straight Ballin'

Chapter 9: Forever True

Chapter 10: Me Against the World

Chapter 11: Giving My All to You

Chapter 12: Right Place, Right Time

Chapter 13: Wait Till I Get My Money Right

Chapter 14: The Family

Chapter 15: The Sky Is the Limit

Chapter 16: I'm a Hustla, Baby

Chapter 17: Making It Happen

Chapter 18: Keep Movin', Don't Stop

Chapter 19: They Smile in Your Face

Chapter 20: Money to Burn

Chapter 21: Keeping Score

Chapter 22: Wife Me

Chapter 23: Expensive Taste

Chapter 24: Diamonds Are Forever

Chapter 25: Bonnie & Clyde

Chapter 26: Soul Mates

Chapter 27: Mother Knows Best

Chapter 28: More to Life

Chapter 29: Loving You

Chapter 30: Untouchables

Chapter 31: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Chapter 32: Tick Tock

Chapter 33: Doing Time

Chapter 34: A Down Chick

Chapter 35: Eyes Wide Shut

Chapter 36: Consequences

Chapter 37: Betrayal

Chapter 38: Keeping Secrets

Chapter 39: Numbers

Chapter 40: They Can't Hold Me

Chapter 41: Don't Be Afraid

Chapter 42: Slow Down

Chapter 43: If

Chapter 44: Let's Ride

Chapter 45: I Would Die for You

Chapter 46: Touch me. Tease me.

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