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With consistent authority, Price explores the gritty underside of a New Jersey housing project in this four-week PW bestseller.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Price (The Breaks, 1982, etc.) has spent the past ten years writing for Hollywood (Sea of Love, etc.)--but you wouldn't know it from the dense textures and supple dramatics of this epic slice of urban grit about frazzled drug-dealers and burnt-out cops. Of the many impeccably authentic urban types here, Price focuses on two: 20-ish ``Strike'' Dunham, black chief of a crew of crack-dealers (``clockers'') in the dead-end burg of Dempsy, N.J., and 43-year-old white Dempsy homicide cop Rocco Klein. Each is suffering an identity crisis when a murder puts them on a collision course. Strike, in a constant panic from dealing with his homicidal boss, crack-kingpin Rodney Little, is considering changing jobs; Rocco, six months from retirement, is thinking that his life is a big zero--a nullity underlined by his humiliating antics to curry the favor of a film star who might portray him in a movie. Then someone guns down another of Little's henchmen, and--shocking both Strike and Rocco--Strike's solid-citizen older brother, Victor, confesses to the killing: ``self-defense,'' he claims. Not so, thinks Rocco, who decides that Victor is covering for Strike and starts harassing the young dealer by framing him as a stoolie- -certain death at Little's hands. Meanwhile, myriad subplots vivify Strike's and Rocco's worlds: Rocco initiates the film star into the horrors of jail-life; Strike apprentices a young boy into dealing; Rocco's baby girl disappears; Little's legendary hit man wastes away from AIDS; Strike nearly dies from a bleeding ulcer. Finally, Strike, with a vengeful Little literally steps behind, turns to Rocco for help--a move that allows both to find a kind of hope and renewal. A vital and bold novel rich in unexpected pleasure, with Price generally avoiding melodrama, sentimentality, and stereotype to portray a harsh world with cleareyed compassion. (Film rights sold- -for a highly touted $1.9 million, including Price's screenplay.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Very well done "crime in the big city" novel, clearly well researched. Richard Price wrote for "The Wire" HBO series, but Clockers makes its world come alive, and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by B. J. Bernstein
Gritty story about New York City natives. They are tough, and they live desperate lives....the characters are memorable and unique.Published 4 days ago by william meyers
Price spent a lot of pages building up the characters but the main story lacked depth n twist.Published 15 days ago by YIPLIU
A Mystery That Reads True On Each and Every Page. This is a book you will enjoy reading if you like a novel to feel honest even though the message may not be what you had in mind. Read morePublished 19 days ago by KRISTINE A MCKENNA
Great plot, well developed characters, and a fascinating look at inner city life. I really enjoyed it.Published 20 days ago by ColeS
Read this book because I found the Spike Lee movie pretty good. The book was decent but the Kindle version was terribly edited and is filled with tons of typos. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Oliver
In "Clockers" Richard Price captures the essence of the despair that captures virtually all of those living in, and interacting with, a world of poverty and bigotry. Read morePublished 2 months ago by William Morris