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Written in prison and based on real-life experiences, this is the novel that launched the writing and publishing career of the best-selling author of Still Dirty, Dirty Red, and Imagine This, the reigning "queen of urban fiction" (Publishers Weekly).

Vickie M. Stringer wrote Let That Be the Reason when she was still serving her seven-year sentence for drug trafficking. When she couldn't find a publisher, she printed the novel herself and sold it out of the trunk of her car. "I've exposed myself with the prayer that my life can be used as an example to warn others of the awful dangers of the drug game," she wrote in its afterword.

Let That Be the Reason begins when a drug dealer abandons his girlfriend, Pamela Xavier, leaving her with nothing but a stack of bills, an empty refrigerator, and an impending eviction notice. Backed into a corner and with no prospects in sight, Pamela decides to get her hustle on. Transforming herself into Carmen, she learns to deal with the streets, the playas, the drug lords - and, of course, the law - by any means necessary. In no time, she is running a call girl service, a fencing operation, and a drug cartel, all while still being a mom. Carmen wants money, but she also wants happiness. The problem is that she doesn't quite understand what real happiness is and what real love means - or what it all costs.

Let That Be the Reason is a true-to-life saga of a woman's love, ambition to survive, forgiveness, and salvation.

©2004 Vickie Stringer (P)2016 Urban Audiobooks, and Blackstone Publishing

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  • luweeziana
  • 17-11-2017

Yawn!

The story was booooorrrrring!! i was so sick of hearing about "chino" I can't even finish it!

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  • Dernarda Carmon
  • 10-03-2017

Very disappointed 😔

I was expecting so much more of this book. The story line was boring. I had a hard time finishing it. I wouldn't dare get the 2 book.

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  • Ronnie
  • 27-01-2017

Fantastic!!

Definitely worth it!! Let that be the reason I get another book by this author! The narrator was excellent too!

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  • The Double Dime Diva
  • 06-01-2017

Reason

Wow the book ended with a good note. There are alot of twists and turns to keep you interested.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-2017

Ms Pat

loved it. It shows how people can be really dirty, especially those that you trust.

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  • T-T
  • 09-12-2016

never disappoints

can't wait for the next book always a great read she is a very talented author

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-2021

Better The 2nd Time

I bought and read this book when it was first released. After finishing The Reason Why, I had to listen to this one again. I thought I would remember more of the story but as I listened all I could remember was that in the end Chino betrayed Pammie again. As I listened I wished she was a real person and I could go to her and shake some sense into her. Why, Why, Why couldn't she see Chino for the snake that he was and had always been and why she never followed her intuition when it came to him and some of the other "grown up boys" she was dealing with. They say hindsight is 20/20 and she finally got it in the end but look at the cost she paid. I truly believe women can hustle and achieve just as much as men in this game but they have to truly have their own backs only and live by the code of never trusting ANYONE. I still can't get my mind to understand WHY she still felt to tied to and loyal to Chino after all that he did. I get wanting her son to know his father and have a relationship with him but Chino gave her so many reasons why not having him in her son's life was better for him. I know you have to forgive people but for me that's all I would have offered Chino, is forgiveness and left his ass in the wind like he did me. I know I shouldn't say this but I was hoping Dragos and his men would take care of Chino. I need another book in which Chino is dealt with 😆
I did enjoy this the 2nd time around and the narrator was excellent 👌. Now I guess I'll go back and listen to the Dirty Red series because I love me some Vickie M. Stringer.

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  • ValleyGirl1120
  • 19-06-2021

loved it!

I grew up in Columbus and never knew this world existed. Wonderful storytelling! I could see all the places and spots in my mind's eye.

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  • Belinda Pace
  • 09-06-2021

what?

This story was all over the place. I only finished listening, hoping it would get better. It didn't and the ending was wack. Wouldn't recommend.

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  • Shawn B
  • 21-03-2021

I couldn't finish

WHAT AN IDIOT DISGUISED AS A FEMALE BALLER... WHERE WAS 2ND PERSONALITY "CARMEN" WHEN IT CAME TO THAT SLICK ASS "CHINO"? HE LEAVES HER & THEIR SON STARVING BUT AT 1ST PHONE CALL, SHE GOES RUNNING TO FEED HIM & HIS WIFE & KIDS- WHO HE DID CLAIM! GTFOH

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