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So, what do you do?” Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter…But now he’s thirty-five years old and he’s still living on the Lower East Side, still in the restaurant business, still serving the people he wanted to be. What does Eric do? He manages. Not like Ike Marcus. Ike was young, good-looking, people liked him. Ask him what he did, he wouldn’t say tending bar. He was going places—until two street kids stepped up to him and Eric one night and pulled a gun. At least, that’s Eric’s version.
In Lush Life, Richard Price tears the shiny veneer off the “new” New York to show us the hidden cracks, the underground networks of control and violence beneath the glamour. Lush Life is an Xray of the street in the age of no broken windows and “quality of life” squads, from a writer whose “tough, gritty brand of social realism…reads like a movie in prose” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times).
Natural landscapes through which love and lyricism flicker and flare are the backdrop for these poems. The sparrows, pigeons, and magpies of the urban periphery lighten the atmosphere as they edge the collection toward the city in the humorous elegy “Bird List,” while “Hand Held,” a personal and vulnerable piece, delicately celebrates the author’s experience of fathering a child with severe learning difficulties. The collection is filled out with pieces of love and memory, affirming in the end the luck intrinsic to survival.
A white woman, her hands gashed and bloody, stumbles into an inner-city emergency room and announces that she has just been carjacked by a black man. But then comes the horrifying twist: Her young son was asleep in the back seat, and he has now disappeared into the night.
So begins Richard Price’s electrifying new novel, a tale set on the same turf—Dempsey, New Jersey—as Clockers. Assigned to investigate the case of Brenda Martin’s missing child is detective Lorenzo Council, a local son of the very housing project targeted as the scene of the crime. Under a white-hot media glare, Lorenzo launches an all-out search for the abducted boy, even as he quietly explores a different possibility: Does Brenda Martin know a lot more about her son’s disappearance than she’s admitting? …[more]
Veteran homicide detective Rocco Klein’s passion for the job gave way long ago. His beat is a rough New Jersey neighborhood where the drug murders blur together…until the day Victor Dunham—a twenty-year-old with a steady job and a clean record—confesses to a shooting outside a fast-food joint. It doesn’t take long for Rocco’s attention to turn to Victor’s brother, a street-corner crack dealer named Strike who seems a more likely suspect for the crime.
At once an intense mystery, and a revealing study of two men on opposite sides of an unwinnable war, Clockers is a stunningly well-rendered chronicle of modern life on the streets.