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Twist has a problem. His Newark, New Jersey neighborhood is under siege in a bloody turf war that has spun out of control, and he is caught in the middle.  In a landscape filled with desperation, anger and futility, there are only violent choices and one of them is Twist's: as one of the leaders of the Skulls, he is the architect of his gang's decision to kidnap an organized crime mobster in a last-ditch attempt to end the war.  But the plan doesn't turn out as expected.

When negotiations deteriorate and the violence escalates, the only recourse left is the execution of the hostage.  As a volatile situation grows more explosive by the hour, the lines between right and wrong blur.  And for Twist, resolution comes with a price.

Still Black Remains captures the struggle to realize the American Dream against a violent backdrop, when the only choices are to do whatever it takes - and through any means possible.

What reviewers are saying:


Offbeat, daring, and convincingly original, Still Black Remains proves a nerve-rattling read in the best of ways with moments in Michaels’ narrative that are absolutely chilling. As an engrossing read, it really is quite irresistible and it’s clear from the start that Michaels has a gift for developing insightfully nuanced dialogue. Most books, even well-known bestsellers, are quickly forgotten when we return to the real world but not this one as Michaels pens a sharp and visceral urban tale that’s wrought with social insight. On this level alone there’s reason enough to begin reading with the mood of his characters lingering long after the last page is turned. They are simultaneously engrossing and repellent but where he ultimately makes his mark is with his ability to make us understand Twist’s feelings. This brings a presence and stability that underpins the whole narrative whilst offering us a glimpse of a struggle few of us will ever know beyond the realms of fiction.

Powerful and thought provoking, contemporary fiction, Still Black Remains demands to be read and marks Michaels as an author to keep a close eye on. It is recommended without reservation.


"To turn or change shape under torsion." That's one of the ways Merriam-Webster defines 'twist'. It's also an apt name for the main protagonist in Kevin Michael's latest book...Michaels does a good job with setting a scene and using the kind of detail that paints a clear picture of Twist's environment. It is in its third act that Still Black Remains comes alive. The action is well done, to the point but visceral and complete.

Highlights from the Still Black Remains Virtual Tour!

April 1
Spotlight Feature at It's a Mad Mad World

April 2
Spotlight Feature and eBook Giveaway at 100 Pages a Day
Spotlight Feature at The Crazy Booksellers

April 3
Guest Post Feature at Books, Food and Me

April 4
Review and Guest Post Feature at Desert Rose Reviews

April 5
Interview Feature at Manic Readers

April 6
Review and Guest Post at Lily's Reviews
Excerpt and Giveaway at I Heart Reading

April 8
"Indie Ink Runs Deep" Guest Post Feature at The Next Best Book Blog

April 9
Interview Feature at Pen and Muse

April 10
Spotlight Feature at Celtic Lady's Reviews
Review and Interview Feature at Book and a Latte

April 12
Spotlight Feature at Books are Love
Interview Feature at Infinite House of Books

May 2
Guest Post Feature at The Pulp and Mystery Shelf

Also on the Tour:
Review at Reader's Favorite
Review and Guest Post Feature at Pople Backyard Farm

Check back for additional dates and locations
And check out this latest interview from The Compulsive Reader:
I sat down recently with Mark Stevens from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and we talked about a wide range of topics ranging from Still Black Remains, crime fiction, and gritty New Jersey neighborhoods.

You can check it out at the link below:
Cyrus Webb interviewed me at ConversationsLIVE and Blog Talk Radio to talk about Still Black Remains, morality, and writing.

You can listen at the link below:
Talking with Richard Keller/The Daily Author about writing, Still Black Remains, and New Jersey at

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More Stops on the Blog Tour to Follow - Check Back Soon