Steven Torres leaves Precinct Puerto Rico for the mean streets of the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn in 1992, and in The Concrete Maze, those streets are about as mean as they've ever been depicted.
Jasmine, the 13-year-old daughter of Luis Ramos, disappears. Luis is determined to find her, and he enlists the aid of Marc, his nephew, to find her. Ramos is a veteran of Viet Nam. He has guns, and he knows what it is to kill. The loss of his daughter makes him a little crazy.
Marc is young. He's not naive, but he doesn't know the darkness of the streets first hand. He's about to. His narration gradually reveals the terrible things that can happen to the young and not-so-innocent (both to Jasmine and to himself). By the end, he's walked the circles of the Inferno to the lowest level.
The Concrete Maze is fast, tight, and tough, just right for a paperback original. It will shake you up before it's done. Check it out.