A masterful police procedural with a gritty look at the Lower East Side of New York. Only criticism is that the descriptions of the area circa the mid 2000s are so realistic, that when the author takes creative license, it seems glaringly obvious.
Highly recommended for police procedural fans especially those who have some connection to the area.
I listen to books all the time as I travel/drive with my job. I can usually muddle through if I don't get into or like what I am listening to. But I could not handle this one - I stopped listening early on as I could not figure out who the book or what this book was about....not my kind of listen. It's in my library but don't think I will be giving it another try. Wish I could get my credits back......
Great book, love Richard Price for the parallel tracks he keeps going. Bobby Cannavale jumps from to Hispanic woman to juvenile wallflower to hard-boiled detective with a sense of cool and completely convinces you he's the voice of each. Get it, it's good.
I have loved the gritty New York novels of Richard Price for as long as he has been writing them--several decades now. David Mamet has always gotten praise for the rough colloquial speech of his plays' characters, but, to my ears, no working writer captures real talk as does Price. (And so it's a gift to have a gifted Bobby Cannavale bring all these voices to life.)
On its surface, the novel is a police procedural, but it is character, not plot, that moves this book. The lives (victims, perpetrators, police, reporters) that bump into each other in its pages are anything but lush. Neither, of course, is the life of the Speaker in the Strayhorn-Ellington classic:
"I'll live a lush life in some small dive... /
And there I'll be, while I rot /
With the rest of those whose lives are lonely, too..."
But we come to care about these lonely, miserable people because Richard Price treats them all--even the villains--with understanding. I have always thought that no novelist outdid Anita Desai in authorial fairness to fictional characters. But Price runs the same amazing race in Lush Life making this a book with great writing and a great heart despite the bleakness of its landscape.
This was a good book, but it did not live up to the reviews it got when it was published. I found it hard to care about what happened....
Wow ! Can't wait to see the movie. Intellectual realism shows that the cops are our mindful thugs.
Don't lie to a cop. They have heard it all.
A livid case study showing how detectives lie to criminals to uncover the incriminating truth. Three swirling points of view; cop, criminal and witness.
How crimes are solved with a little luck and a lot of professional passion. Unsurpassed. Modern, frenetic "Crime and Punishment."
An excellent listen. Price's writing style and ability to tell a good story along with Bobby Cannevale's wonderful narrating skills make this a must listen. Highly recommended!
i've listened to over 100 books this is the first review i've written save yourself there's no feeling of attachment to any of the characters and there are many, many minutes of police interviews that are boring and fruitless i can't tell you what is even going on after 5+ hours and even though i got this far i just can't go any further to see if it gets better or redeems itself at the end b.
I had to start this twice. At first listen, I had a little bit of trouble getting into the story. The author doesn't reveal the story through alot of narration. The dialogue and action help reveal the story and I think this was why I had a slow start with it.
But once the story got going, it was great fun. The characters are well-developed. They have flaws and weaknesses that go along with their intelligence and strengths.
I look forward to listening to more books from this author.
I wanted to like this book, and the narrator is just awesome, but I found it very hard to follow. I stuck it out to the end, and by then I was completely lost! I listen while driving, which is probably not conducive to this particular novel.