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Clockers: A Novel Paperback – March 4, 2008
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All of Clockers' characters were realistically flawed, able to invoke both sympathy and disgust. Strike, the ulcer-stricken dealer, was in constant turmoil as he struggled between trying to earn enough from his illicit trade to get out of it, and attempting to help others avoid being dragged into the same web. Rocco, the homicide detective and delinquent family-man, had a love-hate relationship with his work, and sought a mission through which to justify his continued involvement in the force. Victor (Strike's brother) was an honest, hard working black man who had risen above the allure of the street life around him, but wrestled with his own demons and internal sense of justice. Everyone's paths met with the murder of a lesser character, at which point the cat and mouse game was afoot.
Lesser, but no less interesting plot lines abound: Strike's education of his would-be apprentice, Tyrone; Strike's efforts to free himself from an unhealthily dependent relationship with drug kingpin Rodney; and Rocco's schoolboy interest in being shadowed by a cocksure filmmaker with an interest in a police picture.Read more ›
There are no one-dimensional characters here. Everyone is real. Strike, the clocker, deals drugs and damages the life of a young boy. Yet there is goodness, awareness and a glimmer of hope inside him. Sometimes we hate him, sometimes we pity him, sometimes we admire him. Rocco the homicide cop is equally vivid, a hero in some ways, a tragic figure in others. These are people we care about because they're so full and real. Even Rodney, Strike's boss, a badass dude for sure, dispenses some truths and solid advice when he's recruiting clockers in lockup.
As deep as the characterizations run, the book surprisingly evolves into a whodunit. By the time you realize this, you're so involved with the characters, you have a steep investment in how it all turns out. There were times I laughed out loud, there were times I cried, and there were times I had to put this book down and reflect on the poignant truths that reveal themselves to these people.
As a fan of crime fiction and police procedurals, this book stands apart from the genre. There is action, to be sure, but "Clockers" is a character study in a gritty environment, and you feel the threat and wear of imminent violence on every page. Yet you'll find some decency as well.
For an exciting and totally involving journey into the inner city and the world of cops and dealers, it doesn't get any better than this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an excellent if overlong novel about life within the parallels of the drug "culture" and the police who shadow them. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tony Covatta
A great portrait of the desperation of life with little or no hope, which in the end leaves you with the slightest bit of hope.Published 1 month ago by T. Wade
tough love. gritty. great dialog. nobody gets off easy but some survive.Published 2 months ago by Mark
No action, just a bunch of words difficult to follow. A lot of street talk from both good and bad guys. Impossible to follow.Published 2 months ago by Harold Hyatt
Remarkably evocative picture of the crack epidemic both from the pov of addicts, gangstas and cops and prosecuters. extremely readable, a can't put it down. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Semon Strobos
This 1992 novel was an influence on the acclaimed HBO series, The Wire, which premiered ten years later, with Richard Price as one of its writers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott Albin
This is an extraordinary piece of social psychology worked into a novel. Like Tallys Corner, this book puts the reader inside the place and people.Published 3 months ago by Margaret A Shannon
Richard Price is just the best, in terms of wonderful and vivid characters, a complicated morality, and the most believable and alive dialogue of anybody. Very funny too. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barbara Moore