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Money rock: a family's story of cocaine, race, and ambition in the new South

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Meet Money Rock-young, charismatic, and Charlotte's flashiest coke dealer-in a riveting social history with echoes of Ghettoside and Random Family Meet Money Rock. He's young. He's charismatic. He's generous, often to a fault. He's one of Charlotte's most successful cocaine dealers, and that's what first prompted veteran reporter Pam Kelley to craft this riveting social history-by turns action-packed, uplifting, and tragic-of a striving African American family, swept up and transformed by the 1980s cocaine epidemic. The saga begins in 1963 when a budding civil rights activist named Carrie gives birth to Belton Lamont Platt, eventually known as Money Rock, in a newly integrated North Carolina hospital. Pam Kelley takes readers through a shootout that shocks the city, a botched FBI sting, and a trial with a judge known as "Maximum Bob." When the story concludes more than a half century later, Belton has redeemed himself. But three of his sons have met violent deaths and his oldest, fresh from prison, struggles to make a new life in a world where the odds are stacked against him. This gripping tale, populated with characters both big-hearted and flawed, shows how social forces and public policies-racism, segregation, the War on Drugs, mass incarceration-help shape individual destinies. Money Rock is a deeply American story, one that will leave readers reflecting on the near impossibility of making lasting change, in our lives and as a society, until we reckon with the sins of our past.
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subject_facetCriminals -- North Carolina -- Biography
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- North Carolina
Drug dealers -- North Carolina -- Biography
Electronic books
Platt, Belton Lamont
title_displayMoney rock : a family's story of cocaine, race, and ambition in the new South
title_fullMoney rock : a family's story of cocaine, race, and ambition in the new South / Pam Kelley
Money rock : a family's story of cocaine, race, and ambition in the new South [electronic resource] / Pam Kelley
title_shortMoney rock
title_suba family's story of cocaine, race, and ambition in the new South
topic_facetCriminals
Discrimination in criminal justice administration
Drug dealers
Electronic books
Platt, Belton Lamont