Reviews for What You Sow

Booklist Reviews 2006 November #1
Ford follows The Pride (2006) with another tale of raw ambition gone wild among high-powered African Americans. Two years ago, Gordon Perkins, a successful investment banker, cheated his trusting partners in Morningstar Financial Services, then overdosed on cocaine and lapsed into a coma. In first-person perspectives, Gordon--from his coma--and his partners, Paul and Deidre; his wife, Kenitra; and his partner in betrayal, Jerome, revisit the events that led to the near undoing of the firm, a scandal of double-crossing power brokering gone bad. Kenitra lives with uneasy relief and eventually finds love and solace with her husband's friend Sturge Jorgenson, Paul and Deidre are remarried and parenting their three-year-old son, and Jerome is humbled and seeking a return to the fold. Meanwhile, unrepentant Gordon plots revenge from inside his comatose body. Readers who enjoyed The Pride will love this latest installment in life among the African American power elite. ((Reviewed November 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews 2006 November #1

Ford revisits a group of powerful African Americans featured in The Pride , but things have changed. Investment banker Gordon now lies in a coma while his wife leads a life of luxury; Paul, a lawyer, has remarried his ex-wife; and businessman Jerome has recently become a widower.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 September #4

In this sequel to The Pride (2005), evil financial genius Gordon Perkins and Ray Beard, his partner in crime, overdose on "cocaine, champagne and four of the freakiest bitches that New Orleans had to offer" in celebration of double-crossing their financial partners, leaving Gordon in a coma and Ray half-blind and paralyzed. The victims of their schemeâ€"Diedre Douglas; her on-again, off-again husband, Paul Taylor; and colleague Jerome Hardawayâ€"merge assets to save the company Gordon and Ray nearly destroyed. As a seemingly endless stream of characters pop up and recede, Gordon, still in a coma, plots his diabolical comeback, and a lot of distracting backstory and financial maneuvering ensue without gaining much momentum. When a money-grubbing preacher named Quincy Holloway appears with camera crew in tow midway into the book, things begin to perk up, but the tension slackens quickly. Ford introduces enough ideas and story elements to stock a gripping read, but for far too many pages they are as inert as Gordon's comatose body. (Nov.)

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