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There are some strong entries in this depressing all-original anthology of 17 stories involving the always powerful, often destructive, effects of cocaine use. The editors call cocaine "the scourge of our times" in their introduction, and that judgment is evident whether the story is about a user, a dealer or someone simply caught up in someone else's thrall to the drug. Some tales offer a macabre sense of humor, such as Lee Child's "Ten Keys," in which a drug courier rips off a shipment, and Laura Lippman's "The Crack Cocaine Habit," in which two white girls venture into a bad neighborhood to make a buy. Children are the focus of Kerry E. West's shocking "Shame," about a kid who copes with her mother's habit and the world's indifference. Another child is the victim of her mother's habit in Nina Revoyr's highly effective "Golden Pacific." James Brown's sobering "The Screenwriter" details the rise and cocaine-induced fall of a screenwriter. Other contributors include editors Phillips and Tervalon, Ken Bruen, Bill Moody and Manuel Ramos. None of the stories glamorize cocaine, but some do exhibit what the editors call "scary charms." (Apr.)
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The best fiction anthology of cocaine-themed tales to blow through in years, featuring ALL NEW stories by Susan Straight, Lee Child, Laura Lippman, Ken Bruen, Jerry Stahl, Nina Revoyr, Bill Moody, Emory Holmes II, James Brown, Gary Phillips, Jervey Tervalon, Kerry E. West, Donnell Alexander, Deborah Vankin, Robert Ward, Manuel Ramos, and Detrice Jones. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books; Reprint edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617750298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617750298
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Felicia Sullivan on March 21, 2005
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From the introduction of The Cocaine Chronicles, editors Gary Phillips and Jervery Tervalon claim that they are "observers of the human condition in its various physical and psychological permutations". They were intrigued by this project as no one has ever broached an anthology on a drug that has been prevalent in our society for well over a century with its hey days in the 1920's and 1980's - decades that celebrated excess. In this bold anthology, we meet the casual sniffers, the heavy users, the dealers, the victims and the unsuspecting victims on both sides of the coast - hysterical romps, tragic characters and unfathomable lows - rendering cocaine a drug that is anything but glamorous. The Cocaine Chronicles is assembled in four sections that loosely dictate the varying degrees of addiction and the affects that cocaine has on its participants.

An encounter between two men in a dive bar incurs chilling consequences in Lee Child's sharp opener, "The Keys" , as the reader bears witness to a low-rate drug mule's frantic confession that he robbed from a powerful Colombian crew - a million to be exact, in cash and keys - to what he believes to be a stranger. In Laura Lippman's "The Crack Cocaine Diet", two seemingly vapid mall rats resolve that the only way to be superior to the boyfriends who have dumped them is to drop weight fast and since the doctors are too "tight with the scripts" and fad diets just won't do, they decide on a cocaine binge to loose their excess baggage. After a series of phone calls, they make off for their adventure and a comedy of errors ensues from confusing drug slang ("American Idol" & "Survivor" as code names for coke and heroin) to screaming at dealers for refunds, the story takes a darker turn when the girls end up at a dealer's home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Slavin on September 21, 2007
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This collection of 17 stories though uneven at times, as might expected, is all in all a worthwhile read. I particularly enjoyed Ten Keys by Lee Child about a guy trying to rip off drug dealers; Susan Straight's Poinciana about a strung out hooker;Chemistry by Robert Ward about the set up in a bar of a self styled stud; Golden Pacific by Nina Revoyr about the sad life of a 13 year old girl forced into prostitution;Sentimental Value by Manuel Ramos about a former star athlete who was seriously injured in Vietnam; Just Surviving Another day by Detrice Jones about the day to day struggle for survival of a black schoolgirl;and Bill Moody's Camaro Blue about a jazz musician who ends up touched romantically by the death of a car thief.
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well, some of the stories were very good, but from an ex free baser, the stories lacked a lot of depth. There were a few that really hit home. But from experience, some of the stories I could write about cocaine induced mania would shock your socks off. So, all in all, the reviews from the pros praised it which is why I bought it. I am constantly trying to find someone who could actually write about the depths and depravity of this insidious drug. I have known many people who got addicted to coke and too many more addicted HARD to Meth, which is a dirty word and a dirty drug. Both drugs destroy lives as does alcohol which is legal, go figure......
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By Andrea on February 22, 2012
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I bought and read this book with "The Speed Chronicles." They function well as a pair. I ended up looking for other books by many of the anthology contributors. I thought this book was great. The stories are both humorous and heartbreaking as well as accurate. I strongly recommend both books.
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