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 PRAISE for MONEY ROCK

“A gripping tale . . . . Kelley weaves a textured narrative.”
                                                                                        —NATIONAL BOOK REVIEW

"...an ambitious look at the business of racism"

                                                           –ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION

 

“Thoroughly investigative and delightfully readable.”

                                                                                   – THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

“With solid journalism, dogged research, perceptive observation, colorful interviews and memorable characters, Money Rock tells a memorable and timely story.”
                                                                                                     –SHELF AWARENESS


“This book would pair well with Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law. . . . Incisive. . . . Highly recommended.”
                                                                         —LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

 

“Kelley could have written a fine book about Charlotte’s drug trade in the ’80s and ’90s, filled with shoot-outs and flashy jewelry. What she accomplishes with Money Rock, however, is far more laudable."

                                                                    –Adam Rhew, CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE

 

"A fascinating and hard-hitting story about drugs, crime, faith, and retribution.”

                                                                                                         – KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

Extends the work of such classics as Code of the Street and The Corner with curiosity, economy, thoroughness, and a deep feel for the nuances of human life . . . Kelley places the remarkable story of her remarkable protagonist, Belton 'Money Rock' Platt, in a larger narrative that is too often elided, illuminating, in the process, the difference between justice and mere judgment.”

—Garth Risk Hallberg, author of CITY ON FIRE

 

“Money Rock is a powerful and unforgettable story of ambition, the failed war on drugs, and those places where policies have failed to keep up with the human experience. In order for us to truly look forward, we must reckon with the devastation behind us.”

—Wes Moore, author of THE OTHER WES MOORE

 

“A powerful testament to the loss—of life, family, and community—that is incalculable yet fundamental to a system of incarceration fueled by policies that under-house, under-employ, under-educate, and undervalue millions. Kelley’s captivating account of the ripple effects of Belton Platt’s fall and rise bears witness to people and places simultaneously striving and stuck; to the redemptive power of dynamic women; and to faith that a better way might be possible, for ourselves and our cities.”

—Susan Burton, author of BECOMING MS. BURTON

“A bracing tale of love and hope, despair and redemption, civil rights and wrongs.”
                                                         —Byrant Simon, author of THE HAMLET FIRE

"Eye-opening and moving...an honest and absorbing tale of the social and emotional devastation of 'law and order' and essential reading for everyone who cares about racial justice and the health of American cities."

–Matthew Horace, author of THE BLACK AND BLUE: A COP REVEALS THE CRIMES, RACISM, AND INJUSTICE IN AMERICA'S LAW ENFORCEMENT

EVENTS

2019

RACE, HOUSING & INEQUALITY

October 7, 6:30 p.m.

Davidson Public Library,

199 S. Main St., Davidson, N.C.

Pam will discuss her book and take questions about affordable housing, gentrification and other local inequality issues.

RACE & INEQUALITY IN CHARLOTTE

October 20, 2  p.m.

University City Regional Library 

301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte 

Pam will discuss her book and take questions about affordable housing, gentrification and other local inequality issues.

 

DELICIOUS READS

March 17, 2-5 p.m.

AC Hotel, Spartanburg, S.C.

Featuring 20 national authors

VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK 

March 21, noon

City Council Chambers, on the Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, Va. 

"Southern Discomfort: Journalists Explore Guns and Drugs"

Appearing with Tom Kapsidelis, author of After Virginia Tech

2018

Main Street Books

September 25, 7 p.m. 

126 S Main St, Davidson, NC

Book launch event. Belton Platt will join the author for questions and discussion.  

Quail Ridge Books 

September 27, 7 p.m,

North Hills, 4209 -100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh, NC

 

Malaprop's Books

October 1, 6 p.m.

55 Haywood St., Asheville

Park Road Books

October 3, 7 p.m.

4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

BIBLIOFEAST CHARLOTTE

October 15, 6 p.m.

Mangione's Little Italy Restaurant, SouthPark Mall

Order tickets here

 

Scuppernong Books

October 17, 7 p.m.

304 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC

MIAMI BOOK FAIR

Panel discussions 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, November 18