Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist, producer and actor Tip “T.I.” Harris and celebrity writer David Ritz continue the compelling saga of Paul “Power” Clay and Tanya “Beauty” Long in the street-lit epic sequel “Trouble & Triumph: A Novel of Power & Beauty” (William Morrow, $23.99).
Kidnapped by the name he’s been foolish enough to trust, Power is seeing the final results of the choices he’s made in recent years. Slim Simmons isn’t just a businessman — he’s a ruthless killer who will stop anyone he feels is getting in his way, including Power’s own mother. But a last-minute rescue — courtesy of Beauty — sets Power free and Slim running. Power takes over his mentor-turned-arch-enemy’s street empire. Looking to turn it legit, while Beauty rises ever-higher in a glamorous world of fashion and celebrity. Beauty is a master who will manipulate, seduce and sacrifice to get what she wants. She’s never let anything stop her from fulfilling her desires, and she will broker a dangerous bargain to save the only man she’s ever loved. But is saving Power worth sacrificing herself — body and soul? Will his youthful ambitions lead him to redemption — or deeper into the darkness? Will they both become everything they swore they’d never be?
An authentic voice of the street, in the vein of Sistah Souljah and other successful authors of contemporary African-American commercial fiction, T.I. is a rap music legend who has lived at every level of society — and whose hard life experience adds truth to “Trouble & Triumph.”