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White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief

Donald Goines


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The godfather of urban lit, Donald Goines knows life on the streets is a one-way ticket to life behind bars, where suffering is the one and only daily bread. For the first time in over a decade, his classic White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief is now repackaged and reissued in trade with a whole new look to attract new readers, as well as long-time fans of the legend himself.

Barely out of his twenties, Chester Hines knows the score. He's just another bug crawling through the streets of Detroit, waiting to be squashed under the heel of a system meant to keep a brother down. But with his old lady on his back, his only options are on the wrong side of the law. He didn't need a fortune-teller to tell him that sooner or later he'd end up in a system more brutal than the one that forced him there.

Prison life is raw. But it's the only life Chester's got. Against all odds, he and his crew will forge a brotherhood in hell. Together they'll scratch and claw their way day by day, suffering unimaginable abuse, betrayal, and pure, uncut hopelessness--or die trying.

Praise For White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief

Praise for Donald Goines

"The voice of the ghetto itself." 
The Village Voice 

“He lived by the code of the streets and his books vividly recreated the street jungle and its predators.”
—New Jersey Voice 
“Machiavelli was my tutor, Donald Goines my father figure.”
Tupac Shakur

“Donald Goines is one of Hip Hop’s Greatest Inspirations.”
The Source Magazine

"The godfather of black pulp fiction."


“Goines put you right there in the action.”


“Donald Goines was for the streets [in the 70s] what the rappers are today...He was in the streets, of the streets and spoke for the streets.”
—Chaz Williams,
CEO of Black Hand Entertainment 

“Donald Goines, a brilliant writer of street literature captures the pain of addiction perfectly.”
—Black Enterprise,
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Holloway House, 9781496733276, 256pp.

Publication Date: February 23, 2021

About the Author

Donald Goines was born in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the U.S. Air Force instead of going into his family's dry cleaning business. Following his service, he entered into a life of drug addiction and crime. He received seven prison sentences, serving a total of over six years. While he was in prison, Goines wrote his first two novels, Dopefiend: The Story of a Black Junkie and Whoreson: The Story of a Ghetto Pimp. Goines was shot to death in 1974.