Brown Girl in the Ring is a 1999 novel by Nalo Hopkinson. Ti-Jeanne, a young mother lives in what remains of Central Toronto after it was abandoned by the wealthy and powerful. Speaking of the wealthy and powerful, the premier of Canada needs a human heart to replace her own. She calls on Rudy, who is a powerful gangster who controls the flow of Buff to procure it for her. He deputizes Tony, Ti-Jeanne's baby father, to do the killing for the organ. Frightened, Tony calls on Ti-Jeanne and her grandmother Gros-Jeanne for help. And so Ti-Jeanne's journey begins.
This work contains examples of:
- Chekhov's Gunman - Crazy Betty who is revealed to be Ti-Jeanne's mother
- Domestic Abuse - Rudy is depicted to have hit his wife Gros-Jeanne
- Family Theme Naming: Gros-Jeanne, Mi-Jeanne and Ti-Jeanne - Big, Medium and Small Jeanne - Grandmother, mother and child.
- Flaying Alive: Rudy does this to his zombified housekeeper Mabel while a paralyzed Tony is Forced to Watch.
- Forced to Watch: A paralyzed Tony is forced to watch while Rudy flays Mabel alive.
- Hologram: Presumably, it's what a "deeplight projector" makes, as it creates the visuals and noise of angry kids made to scare people away from the actual kids who live in the subway.
- Landmarking the Hidden Base: Toronto crime lord and obeah man Rudy has his offices in the main pod of the CN Tower.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Rudy is Ti-Jeanne's grandfather.
- Missing Mom: Ti-Jeanne's mother left her in the care of Gros-Jeanne. She's actually Crazy Betty.
- No Name Given: Ti-Jeanne's child is named only 'Baby'.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Type V Voodoo zombies.
- The Paralyzer: Synapse Cordons and their portable version, the Dazer. Synapse Cordons uses "baseball-sized lump[s] of what looked like modelling clay" to create "stake[s] sprouting a good eight feet high" that define the cordon's borders, and kicking the cordon creates a "synapse surge of current", a.k.a a "daze charge" inside the field, that "short-circuit[s] [the] neuromuscular system".
- Raised by Grandparents: Ti-Jeanne has a Disappeared Dad and Missing Mom and so is raised by her grandmother.
- Teen Pregnancy: Ti-Jeanne is a teenager, pregnant with Tony's baby.
- Voodoo Zombie: Rudy, the gang lord, controls several zombies, one of which is his own daughter, Mi-Jeanne, using a process taught to him by a Ioa.