Dope Sick is a novel by acclaimed writer Walter Dean Myers. In this novel, Lil J is running from the police because he has been involved in a drug deal that ended with the shooting of an undercover cop. Lil J's partner in crime, Rico, has told police that Lil J is the shooter. This leaves Lil J convinced that his life is over as he knows it. However, when Lil J hides in an abandoned apartment building, he meets a man named Kelly who suggests that he might be able to go back and change something about his life, to prevent him from facing life in prison as a cop killer. Dope Sick is a novel about a disadvantaged life and the choices made that can lead to prosperity or prison.