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Dark Karma [Paperback]

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From a drug dealer who finds himself in the body of a drug addict suffering from withdrawal, to a murderer who becomes the victim's father and must deal with the pain, this powerful novel explores what it would be like if criminals were forced to live their crimes in an attempt to find redemption. Original.

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Urban Books
ISBN  1933967129  
ISBN13  9781933967127  

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What Goes Around, Really Does Come Around.  Sep 7, 2007
I've often told people who did bad things to me, "Of course you don't remember what you did because you weren't on the receiving end of your bad behavior!" How many times have you wished that someone could feel what it was like to have something bad done to them? Well, in Dark Karma by Joyce Veranda Gray, that's exactly what happens when three different people are made to see the grief that their actions have caused.

A young man named Dray killed a man just so that he could join a street gang. He goes to sleep and wakes up as the father of the young man that he killed. Dray now has to comfort the mother of the man that he killed.

In a lot of women's eyes, Josh is a very handsome and attractive man. He's a man who has a way with words and women. Although Josh is from a well to-do family, he's a drug dealer. Josh's game is to date women and then get them hooked on his product so that he'll have a loyal customer. Once the woman is of no use to him, he leaves them with no remorse because in his eyes, he did nothing wrong. Find out what happens when Josh wakes up as one of his victims.

Last, but not least, there's Carlita. A young twenty something woman who steals the purse of a very tired woman while riding the bus. Carlita is then put in her place and has to take care of not only herself, but the woman's son as well. Will these three ever find redemption?

The story idea for Dark Karma was great. However, the execution of the story was not very good. At times, the story seemed to move slow. Also, there sometimes was too much information and other times not enough information. Dark Karma was just an okay read for me.

Reviewed by LaShonda Bates
for Urban Reviews

What have I done?  Jul 28, 2007
DARK KARMA by Joyce Veranda Gray takes a look at those who commit crimes and how karma makes the criminals take the place of those they have harmed. Dray, who killed an innocent man in order to join a street gang, is forced to become the father of the dead man. He must deal with the grief and anguish of the devastated wife and mother.

Carlita steals a sleeping woman's entire pay for the month when she takes her purse while riding the bus. Carlita finds herself living on the streets with the woman's young son. They have no where to go, nothing to eat and in addition, the law is looking for them.

Josh, a drug dealer who lures beautiful, young women into his clutches to turn them into addicts, finds himself addicted to heroin. He's on the streets with no money and no prospects. He gets raped and abused by anyone who wants to take advantage of his addicted female body. All three of them have horrific dreams and through these dreams, they know they must find Redemption. None are sure quite where or how to find this place in the desert.

DARK KARMA is a refreshing new look at street crimes. It forces the characters to take responsibility for what they've done, even though each of them has a good reason/excuse for what they did. The characters are well developed, from committing their crimes to their new lives as their victims, and it is easy to identify with them and their misdeeds. I found myself having pity as well as hatred for what they'd done. It was especially poignant because no matter what they said or did, they could convince no one they were stuck in someone else's body. There were amusing parts as well as frightening ones. It was a very good book and I would recommend it.

Reviewed by Alice Holman
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