By Joseph Bentivegna All Rights Reserved ©

Action / Thriller


Billionaire African-American Cord Campbell has just picked up his parents from the airport and is driving through Connecticut when he detours through a tony suburb to avoid traffic. But the local politicians have instructed the police to keep pigmented people out of the area and pull him over for DWB (driving while black). The police accuse Campbell of being a drug dealer and subject his family to a humiliating ordeal in which Campbell’s elderly mother is strip-searched. Outraged and unable to obtain justice from the legal or political system, Campbell solicits the help of his old MIT college roommate, a CIA operative. Together they unleash a ruthless high-tech vendetta until Campbell accomplishes his true desire: “Respect.” What follows is an edgy and often hilarious exploration of barely concealed racism told as a taut page-turner that ranges through a kaleidoscope of ethnic experiences and economic classes. This novel, Respect, is sure to have people talking.


To Eric Garner:

“Every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I’m tired of it. It stops today. Why would you...? Everyone standing here will tell you I didn’t do nothing. I did not sell nothing. Because every time you see me, you want to harass me. You want to stop me selling cigarettes. I’m minding my business, officer, I’m minding my business. Please just leave me alone. I told you the last time, please just leave me alone.”

“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!”

The officer, Daniel Panteleo, whose chokehold killed Mr. Garner was never indicted by either a grand jury or by the Obama administration. He remains on the New York City police force.

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