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Author Kelley, Pamela Sue, 1959- author.

Title Money rock : a family's story of cocaine, race, and ambition in the new South / Pam Kelley.

Publication Info. New York : New Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Platt,B KEL    Available
Description xiii, 282 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Money rock and big Lou -- Showdown at Piedmont courts -- Carrie Platt and the American dream -- Candy kingpin -- The dealer's mother -- What went wrong with Piedmont courts? -- State of North Carolina versus money rock -- Convictions -- Heavy in the weight -- Going down -- United States versus money rock -- Coming of age in a world-class city -- The Christian inmate -- Sentencing a generation -- Lost boys -- The love of his life -- Freedom -- Trying to make a change -- Susan and Mashandia -- Homecoming -- Life on the outside -- Uprising -- Southside homes -- Epilogue -- Where they are now -- Acknowledgments -- Notes.
Summary “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.
Subject Platt, Belton Lamont.
Drug dealers -- North Carolina -- Biography.
Criminals -- North Carolina -- Biography.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- North Carolina.
ISBN 9781620973271 (hc : alk. paper) $26.99
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