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Amazon Significant Seven, March 2008: No one has a better ear and eye for the American city than Richard Price, and in Lush Life, his first novel in five years, he leaves the fictional environs of Dempsy, New Jersey, where Clockers, Freedomland, and Samaritan were set, for a few crowded blocks of Manhattan's Lower East Side. There's a crime at the heart of the story, but you don't read Price for plot. Instead, you listen as he peels apart layers of class and history through the way his characters talk to each other: hipster bartenders who tell people they're really writers, homeboys from housing projects named after the Jewish immigrants who have long left the neighborhood, and cops, cops, cops, circling the streets looking for a collar, disappearing into their cases as their own lives go to ruin. --Tom Nissley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Starred Review. Master of the Bronx and Jersey projects, Price (Clockers) turns his unrelenting eye on Manhattan's Lower East Side in this manic crescendo of a novel that explores the repercussions of a seemingly random shooting. When bartender Ike Marcus is shot to death after barhopping with friends, NYPD Det. Matty Clark and his team first focus on restaurant manager and struggling writer Eric Cash, who claims the group was accosted by would-be muggers, despite eyewitnesses saying otherwise. As Matty grills Eric on the still-hazy details of the shooting, Price steps back and follows the lives of the alleged shooters—teenagers Tristan Acevedo and Little Dap Williams, who live in a nearby housing project—as well as Ike's grieving father, Billy, who hounds the police even as leads dwindle. As the intersecting narratives hurtle toward a climax that's both expected and shocking, Price peels back the layers of his characters and the neighborhood until all is laid bare. With its perfect dialogue and attention to the smallest detail, Price's latest reminds readers why he's one of the masters of American urban crime fiction. Author tour. (Mar.)
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Richard Price is a great writer, with a real ear for urban dialogue. His characters ring true and his story telling puts the reader right into the middle of the drama. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amy L. McLean
Some parts of this book bring back sad truths of growing up and then the thread is lost in his pathos.Published 1 month ago by Donald E Thompson
Price is a really good writer, keeps the story moving, develops his characters really well. I have read several of his books, have enjoyed them all. Read morePublished 2 months ago by michael p.
This is a well written story about lives in urban areas of poverty which gives the reader a good look at what hopelessness is and its impact of those who are hopeless. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert M. Levy
Confusing at first, but worth pressing on. Becomes richer and more satisfying as gets into the heart of the novelPublished 4 months ago by David R. Costello
I thought I would like this better but the detailed characters and landscape didn't quite come alive. characters too grimly sociological. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alice M Weiss
I'm a crime/cop drama junkie so this is right up my alley. Great story, great characters. A little confusing at the start but it all figured itself out. Read morePublished 5 months ago by McLee