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Chronicling the rise and fall of Sex Money Murder, one of the most violent and notorious gangs of its era, and of the dedicated detectives and prosecutors struggling to stem the tide of violence, reporter Jonathan Green creates a visceral and devastating portrait of a New York City borough. 

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Bronx had one of the highest per capita murder rates in the country. The reason was simple: as the use of crack cocaine surged, replacing heroin as the high of choice, dealers and gangs staked claims to territory and consumers through intimidation and murder, and families found themselves fractured by crime and incarceration. Based on years of research and extraordinary access to former gang members, Green creates an epic character-driven narrative, drawing on first-person interviews, police reports, and court transcripts to offer a unique and engrossing work of gritty urban reportage. Magisterial in its scope, Sex Money Murder offers an extraordinary perspective on modern-day America.

©2018 Jonathan Green (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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EXECLLENT BOOK!!!! A MOVIE SHOULD BE MADE.

The book was very very good it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. it was gritty, street, hood all at the same time I love the story line I also love that it's a true story. I RECOMMEND this book to anyone looking to fall deep into a book like it's a MOVIE!!!🤔🤓

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  • Bmac
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  • 09-07-18

Narrator using the N word was cringe worthy

Really enjoyed the book, well written and researched, but would have strongly preferred an African American narrator for a book that is so heavily influenced with slang. Was off putting hearing the n word over and over in wrong use . Great book non the less.

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Best book I read and listened to in 2018!!

This book was fantastic! The author did an amazing job weaving the stories of the gang members, victims and cops together. The writing was superb.

The narrator was good, not fantastic, but did not detract from the story.

Anyone that wants to know who about inner city violence should read this book. I may even listen to it again.

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loved it!!!

I'm from the bronx and this was the truth and nothing but the truth. a very sad story! the street dont love no one! R.I.P Twin who should be the one talked about in these streets the pistol was a Jealous boy and that's what brung this organization down very very good book.....

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Chilling

Excellent and frightening novel, painstakingly researched by Jonathan Green. Gives the listener a real insight into the gang world of The Bronx in the 1980s and 1990s, both from the gang member perspective and law enforcement perspective. If you liked The Wire, you will like this...

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  • 09-03-18

Chilling

Great book that details how gruesome the new york gangs were in the 90s. Interesting

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Totally Compelling

I didn't realize at first that this was a documentary of sorts; not a fiction novel. As disturbing as some of the facts are, I was all in.

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Good book. Sad story

I really enjoyed this book. It starts off slow and you have to get used to the narrator outside of that good book.
It’s sad that these dudes started off young and didn’t have a chance, project of the hood.
They had to grow up tuff but that doesn’t give anyone the right to kill. They had a choice to do what they did
and had a choice to get out the hood. The ignorance of the people’s thoughts after Pete got convicted.
If you live by the gun.

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Enjoyed it

If the subject matter interests you, then you'll like this book. It's well-written and does justice to the story. I have no major complaints. The book slows down a bit once they're arrested and the legal proceedings begin, but I understand how that part must be told in order to tell the whole story.

The narrator did a fine job, and didn't bother me at all. That being said, a deeper, grittier voice would have been more appropriate to the subject matter.

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