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Clockers Detective Klein and Detective Mazilli are discussing the suspect they ve just brought in He s an author who s accused of recklessly wasting readers time That s something that ll get you 3 to 5 in New Jersey and up to 10 in New York where they take readingseriously The suspect is an oldish Jewish guy who s currently in the interrogation room looking bored The charges relate to three long novels published between 1992 and 2008, Clockers, Freedomland, and Lush Life Together these add up Detective Klein and Detective Mazilli are discussing the suspect they ve just brought in He s an author who s accused of recklessly wasting readers time That s something that ll get you 3 to 5 in New Jersey and up to 10 in New York where they take readingseriously The suspect is an oldish Jewish guy who s currently in the interrogation room looking bored The charges relate to three long novels published between 1992 and 2008, Clockers, Freedomland, and Lush Life Together these add up to 1732 pages Small print pages They can hurt your eyes The detectives are perplexed I m telling you this is the guy This is the guy This skinny white mope What s the problem, he even says he s Richard Price He admits it We got his driver s licence, we got that woman who ID d him That one who says she s some kind of fan She got a book signed by this guy She waited in line for him to sign it This is big in some people s world A guy writes his name in a book It s big I could write Richard Price on any damn book you want Here, give me one, I show you This is just some sad fuck who has the same name, you know it, I know it You seriously telling me an old Jewish guy can write thousands a pages a authentic black dialogue not to mention taking the reader on a tour of the whole inner city experience, the crack trade, the slingers, their apartments, their families, their mothers, how you step on an ounce, I mean exactly how, what these gangbangers wear, what they spend their dough on, who they wake up with, colour of their damn mother s underpants, a whole tour of black spaces fast food joints, churches, jail visiting rooms, and people stone killers, outsize wheelerdealers, oily preachers, angsty thin wore down mothers, this white Jewish guy does all that Nah Toss him Mazilli, you re going on appearances In fact I now perceive, the scales have fallen from my fucking eyes, that you re one of those racist cops I have heard of You think the perp who did Clockers has had to be black himself You gonna tell me next that white boys can t sing the blues You never heard of Dusty Springfield, the Righteous Brothers, never heard of Eric Clapton I got no idea who those people are But okay, it ll make you happy, let s do this Richard Price, see if it s our Richard Price.He shrugs They open the door to the interview room.EXCERPT FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD PRICE, 10 AUGUST 2012Klein Way I see it, Richard, we re about the only friends you got right now Price Yeah, with respect, it s my constitutional right to doubt that Look, I ll make it simple I wrote all those novels, all of them Sure I did And there syou don t even know about I could show you where to find em I could take you there But I never wasted any damn reader s time That s God damned defamation Who s sayin this shit Klein Okay Richard, I ll make it simple for you What you have here in each of these long novels are slight tales cranked up to elephantine proportions like, you know, supersize me Each one concerns a simple plotline who shot Darryl Adams why is this guy confessing to it when he didn t do it Or what happened when this lady s car got carjacked and her baby was in it And in the end, after 700 pages, the solution, resolution, what have you, comes down to a banal twist of circumstance, a common misapprehension, oh I shoulda realised back on page 120 that this actually meant that and not that, blah blah, and certainly nothing which warrants slogging the reader through these interminable pages Your damn long novels are monstrous sledgehammers cracking itty tiny nuts You re wasting readers time Mazilli And you re a one trick pony, Price These three books They re essentially the same thing Read one, why read another one Price I want to call my lawyer.Klein Now why d you wanna do that, we were getting along like a house on fire.Price Lawyer Now Detective Klein and Detective Mazilli continue their conversation outside the interview room Now do you believe me Okay, he s our Richard Price What do I know from modern crime literature anyways We lost him Yeah We did But he wasn t gonna cop for it He really doesn t think he s wasted anbody s time 1700 pages Although, to be fair, he is very good on the power certain individuals hold over others in the drug underworld True that, but not just there, your Rodney Little figure in Clockers could be encountered in any school playground, any local political party, he s the bully we all fear And yet how hard is that fear to explain to outsiders They ll say why didn t you just walk away and keep walking He is excellent on showing all of that Do you remember how he has Rodney Little explain to Strike how if he, Rodney, takes a hundred dollar bill and nails it onto a tree on JFK and leaves it there, after a year it ll still be there, whereas if Strike did the same, what do you think would happen That s cause people know who Rodney Little is Also, he s brilliant in showing throughout Clockers the vapourous risings and fallings of all these visions of a life outside the clocker ghetto that Strike keeps imagining for himself all these alternatives, they rise up like chimera and fade away when the next cruel ineluctability crashes into his life and they leave but not one trace So what ya think four stars No, three I coulda watched six ball games, time it took me to get through this damn Clockers Extraordinary The story of a uniquely talented, scrupulously clean and intelligent teen aged dope peddler in the projects, in some city in the north east Spike sits on the benches with a bleeding ulcer, tolerating the daily inconveniences of thuggish cops and pondering his future He is totally alone, caught between the urge to be upwardly mobile in the ultimately fatal drug trade, tutored by a hardened old 30 something psychopath who runs an unending number of scams This is a how to about Extraordinary The story of a uniquely talented, scrupulously clean and intelligent teen aged dope peddler in the projects, in some city in the north east Spike sits on the benches with a bleeding ulcer, tolerating the daily inconveniences of thuggish cops and pondering his future He is totally alone, caught between the urge to be upwardly mobile in the ultimately fatal drug trade, tutored by a hardened old 30 something psychopath who runs an unending number of scams This is a how to about the drug trade, from the connections coming in, the turf skirmishes, the cuts tailored to the clientele, the supply chain mechanics on the street, and the complex system of police payoffs Every other chapter is from another point of view, a homicide detective who is nearing the end of his career and is equally competent and empathetic to his impoverished community, despite shocking instances of tactical brutality as the cops and drug dealers conduct their orchestrated dance in an insane ritual Richard Price displays an intimate knowledge of both ends of these spectra law enforcement, street crime and somehow gets deep into the heads of the entire distribution of individuals He does not attempt to describe any female points of view, consequently this is a very masculine book It deals with race in a frank and realistic way, without a shred of politeness, as I imagine it would have played on the street in 1992 somehow my last 2 novels were published in this year I had to give this my top rating because the characters were so real and made me care deeply about their destiny as the frightening plot was revealed I could have read this in one setting if my schedule permitted it is not a short book but every word, every sentence crackled with realistic dialogue and constant fear and motion I recall seeing this movie back in the day, with Spike Lee as a character, and that it struck me asdeeply meaningful and complex than most movies, but I don t remember much else thankfully, so my mind was not contaminated as I read the book The book was down and dirty, in the streets, and rich with detail the complex management required to be a middle man dope peddler is a mean feat beyond the capabilities of most white collar safe jobs, and 1000%perilous.I ll be readingRichard Price I seem to be reading about cities, cops, thieves, black culture, crime and humans trapped in circumstances they cannot control This book was not heroic in any sense, and far less stereotyped than others of its ilk LeHane, e.g But it is the dialogue that really stands out as exceptional, building the characters into the true complex beings they are It s the cycle of shit and you can t do nothing about it Rocco smiled and began beating his fists rhythmically on the table, distant jungle drums I believe in fear I believe in punishment I believe in revenge Mazilli said, Fuck you, it s true I believe that each man, Rocco said, raising his voice, whether black, white, yellow or brown, is entitled to have his ass kicked free of charge, regardless of race, creed or color Cycle of shit, Mazilli shot back Strike is clocking he It s the cycle of shit and you can t do nothing about it Rocco smiled and began beating his fists rhythmically on the table, distant jungle drums I believe in fear I believe in punishment I believe in revenge Mazilli said, Fuck you, it s true I believe that each man, Rocco said, raising his voice, whether black, white, yellow or brown, is entitled to have his ass kicked free of charge, regardless of race, creed or color Cycle of shit, Mazilli shot back Strike is clocking he s out on the benches, overseeing the crew that supplies the crack fiends who need a hit as often as possible He doesn t use He doesn t spend his money on frivolous symbols of affluence, such as gold jewelry, cars, or whores He socks his money away He buys real estate because he has a dream of moving up off the streets and going legit Next step, move up to the ounce businessStrike had no real love of things for themselves, but he loved the idea of things, the concept of possession Sometimes he was crazed by wanting, blind with visions of things he was too cagey to buy, and at moments like this he felt tortured, tantalized, sensing in some joyless way that he was outsmarting someone, but he wasn t sure who Then, there is Detective Rocco Klein, who has been disillusioned by too many years on the streets He has become a part of the cycle of shit and dreams of achieving something new and different when a Hollywood actor named Touhey starts following him around for material for developing a movieRocco gazed down at the waving, grinning movie star, he understood for the first time that whatever was jamming him up in his life right now would never be healed by any kind of glory or fame or recognition from others, that the healing would come from the life around him his work, his partner, his family It was just a matter of finding a few small gifts of connectionThis is one of those philosophically enlightening moments that we all hope we realize before we are too old to make the changes we need to make to have a chance at being happy When an ounce dealer is murdered in cold blood in the street and the only guy in the frame is Vincent Dunham, a hard working father, husband, and son, who is the most unlikely of murderers, Rocco finds a cause that can finally reinvigorate his life He knows in his gut that Vincent didn t kill that man and that Vincent s brother, Strike, did With this ounce dealer out of the way, Strike is finally going to get a chance to get off the benches There are, of course, inevitable comparisons with the hit series The Wire This book has a lot of that authenticity that viewers feel when they watch the TV show I haven t seen the new movie based on this book by director Spike Lee, but I feel that the story is in the right hands The paranoia that is rampant among the drug dealers and cops is like a cluster of trapped flies buzzing against a window When a stone cold killer named Buddha Hat befriends Strike, it is a scary thing Having friends is waydangerous than having enemies His boss, Rodney, the pontificating showboat, is proving to beandvulnerable as the cracks grow larger in his bombastic persona When he goes down, is this an opportunity, or does Strike need to scoot to greener pastures On the other side of the blurred line, Rocco is pushing the boundaries of the investigation, and the deeper he digs, theunsure he becomes that his partner or the system will have his back This is a redemptive moment for Rocco, and it feels like any risk is worth a chance to really feel like he is one of the good guys As to be expected with Richard Price, there are some unexpected lyrical momentsThe shards of bottle glass that studded the chained in grass island behind the benches caught the sun and turned an eyesore into a field of diamondsThere are insights into our collective character How do we let this cycle of shit continue We let the system grind up all these young men and toss them aside like empty plastic bags We kill them They kill each other We incarcerate them, harden them, and then spit them back out to become role models for young men with no prospects, who see the money and the flash as maybe their only moment of glory before an early grave We make cops into killers and drunkards, who entered the job with thoughts of saving people, but soon realize they can t save anyone, not even themselves The cycle of shit grinds them all up We need to get the addicts off the street and into drug rehab programs We need for recreational drug users to quit being part of the problem People die, lives are ruined, to bring those drugs in so they can get high We need to identify these at risk kids and put them in programs to teach them skills we need, like plumbers, electricians, and nurses Incarcerating them is just making society part of the problem In other words, we need a complete overhaul of our justice system, our natural punitive natures, and to start seeing all of these people as people worth saving If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at and an Instagram account This was one of my favorite books of the 1990s The burned out cop character was a bit of a clich , but the setting of the novel in a post apocalyptic New Jersey housing project was the work of inspired journalism Price had a lot of great insights in this work that could only have been the result of going out and being a witness to the world he was describing As the great novelist once said, You can t make this shit up I m sure this novel is completely ignored in college classrooms because p This was one of my favorite books of the 1990s The burned out cop character was a bit of a clich , but the setting of the novel in a post apocalyptic New Jersey housing project was the work of inspired journalism Price had a lot of great insights in this work that could only have been the result of going out and being a witness to the world he was describing As the great novelist once said, You can t make this shit up I m sure this novel is completely ignored in college classrooms because professors want kids to read books by writers who write about writing Updike, Roth, Irving, Joyce Carol Oates, and lot of other literati who need to get outside and get some fresh air once in a while I ve never been too curious as to what takes place in the exciting world of academia or literary circles Once a writer writes about writing, I stop reading Price went out and found a great story The human imagination is way over rated in literature these days They say that you have to write about what you know The problem is that a lot of novelists don t know anything and aren t willing to go out and learn something new Novelist and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Richard Price s bestselling second novel offers an unforgettable picture of inner city decay and despair USA Today At once an intense mystery and a revealing study of two men, a veteran homicide detective and an innercity crack dealer, on opposite sides of an endless war Clockers is powerful harrowing remarkable The New York Times Book Review [KINDLE] ✽ I Blame The Scapegoats By John O& – 9facts.co.uk a veteran homicide detective and an innercity crack dealer ➠ [Epub] ➚ Beneath the Earth By John Boyne ➪ – 9facts.co.uk on opposite sides of an endless war Clockers is powerful harrowing remarkable The New York Times Book Review Clockers the term refers to the low level, 24 hour drug slingers staked outside the projects was written in 1992, and takes place before then Which is why it took me so long to figure out why the characters referred to the cops as Furies It s because the police drove Plymouth Furies Natch My disorientation has a point this is a book that takes place in a world that most goodreads.com members have never been to It s set in the fictional town of Dempsey, but is as real and bleak a look Clockers the term refers to the low level, 24 hour drug slingers staked outside the projects was written in 1992, and takes place before then Which is why it took me so long to figure out why the characters referred to the cops as Furies It s because the police drove Plymouth Furies Natch My disorientation has a point this is a book that takes place in a world that most goodreads.com members have never been to It s set in the fictional town of Dempsey, but is as real and bleak a look at the projects as you re likely to get As far as I know, of course I was born in Bloomington, Minnesota You know what s dangerous about Bloomington Nothing Stray hockey pucks from the Pee Wees practicing on the rink Clockers is built around a murder, but it s not a murder mystery You re pretty much told who did the killing, and the secret is why this person shot this other guy In the end, the surprise is that there is no surprise Which is life, I guess, but also a gyp in dramatic terms Like Lush Life, though, the plot is not the point It s the place The people, the places, the dangerous and unending cat and mouse between cops, detectives, drug lords and clockers The story is told in chapters that switch between a detective s point of view Rocco and a clocker s point of view Strike Rocco is the somewhat dated archetype the cop who still believes in the Job He s burnt out, of course, and has an endearing habit of chugging vodka from his freezer before he goes to bed Strike is theinteresting character a young man who drinks a ton of Yoo Hoo to mask his ulcer, who is unapologetic about his business yet equally scared of his boss than of the cops Strike is drawn into Rocco s world after Strike s brother, Victor, is apprehended for murder Rocco doesn t think Victor did it he s after Strike Strike is oblivious to this, because he s got to deal with the terrifying and enigmatic Rodney, a drug kingpin who also happens to run a convenience store and who preaches paternally to his young clockers about saving for the future buy real estate, not sneakers Strike also serves as reluctant mentor to young Tyrone, clocker of the future, until he runs into the formidable force of Tyrone s mother Clockers ran on too long At least for me I m not adverse to plot less books, if I m enjoying the world I m in Here, though, I was as desperate to escape as any of the street thugs Moreover, some of the goings on were a waste of time For instance, there is a ludicrous sub plot about a filmmaker shadowing Rocco in order to prepare for his next movie This leads to Rocco harboring dreams of becoming an executive producer In such a gritty tale, these proceedings have a shiny, plastic, sitcom feel The whole thread could have been snipped Overall, though, this is a heck of a read It s weighty, it s epic It is filled with indelible, fully realized, flawed and struggling characters The dialogue rings It is true to its world that is, it s bleak and despairing Probably the only reason I enjoyed Lush Lifeis that it allowed some sunlight to filter through In my mind, the City of Dempsey is like Fincher s New York City in Se7en a place where it s always raining, where the sky is a black ceiling At the end of the day, though some might be saved, there is no light at the end of the tunnel Amazing Clockers tracks the parallel stories of two men on different sides of the drug game one a young, mid level, crack dealer, the other a homicide cop , revolving around a murder in Price s fictional New Jersey city of Dempsey The engaging characterizations of these two men are what truly make this novel shine From the dealer Strike with his paranoia, orderliness, and his frustration with both his lower level dealers and his perforated ulcer , to Detective Rocco with his jaded outlook Amazing Clockers tracks the parallel stories of two men on different sides of the drug game one a young, mid level, crack dealer, the other a homicide cop , revolving around a murder in Price s fictional New Jersey city of Dempsey The engaging characterizations of these two men are what truly make this novel shine From the dealer Strike with his paranoia, orderliness, and his frustration with both his lower level dealers and his perforated ulcer , to Detective Rocco with his jaded outlook on is job, love for his wife and daughter, and his embarrassing obsession with pleasing a famous actor , the characters are truly vivid and feel totally genuine Price is so wonderful at creating characters that feel really alive.But there s also so muchhere At times it s flat out funny, it has a suspenseful mystery, and has a huge dose of urban social commentary An all around classic and one of my favorites Like Dostoevsky meets Tupac and it s pretty awesome for it An amazingly complex and l o n g tale of half flawed people negotiating the pretty bleak world of the north Jersey projects Every time I thought one of the characters was stooping to stereotype, Price introduced another layer of ambiguity that made much of said characterization ring true Best of all, the story is so long that no detail is extraneous the author had time to make everythingor less add up to something Even Strike Like Dostoevsky meets Tupac and it s pretty awesome for it An amazingly complex and l o n g tale of half flawed people negotiating the pretty bleak world of the north Jersey projects Every time I thought one of the characters was stooping to stereotype, Price introduced another layer of ambiguity that made much of said characterization ring true Best of all, the story is so long that no detail is extraneous the author had time to make everythingor less add up to something Even Strike s annoying stutter mattered in the end If you can stomach the bleakness of the landscape, this is well worth the effort Awesome Price has got the inner city down This novel which switches back and forth between two points of view Strike is an inner city drug dealer who lives in the projects and sits at the benches slinging bottles crack vials , hiding his cash in safe houses, and thinking someday he ll have the balls to walk out of the life still breathing His mother told him never to come back and his brother Victor works the straight life with two jobs and a dream of getting out of the projects and a w Awesome Price has got the inner city down This novel which switches back and forth between two points of view Strike is an inner city drug dealer who lives in the projects and sits at the benches slinging bottles crack vials , hiding his cash in safe houses, and thinking someday he ll have the balls to walk out of the life still breathing His mother told him never to come back and his brother Victor works the straight life with two jobs and a dream of getting out of the projects and a wife and two kids The other point of view is homicide detective Rocco, who is not completely jaded even after working these mean streets There s an unsolved homicide tying these two characters together What makes this 610 page behemoth sing is how well Price captures the language and the rhythm and the attitude of the two worlds that Strike and Rocco inhabit The dialogue and the narrative is real It s genuine It s authentic Strike is not completely bad, at least compared to some of the hard cases he deals with He s maybe in the wrong game but can t walk out But he recruits younger kids, sells dope, and plans a murder You not only get the juxtaposition of Strike and his hardworking brother but the contrast with Rocco who really wants to do right and not sacrifice a lamb to the wolves.All in all, Price gives us one helluva top notch crime fiction novel here Rocco Klein, a tough New Jersey homicide detective, is on the hunt to discover who really killed a local drug dealer in a diner The brother of a rival drug dealer admits to it, but soon cracks start to surface and Klein figures out that all is not as it seems.This a bare bones, gritty urban story that makes you feel like you re right there watching what happens like a fly on the wall It s definitely for fans of The Wire or Law Order There s not a lot of fluff or romance It s a dark but rea Rocco Klein, a tough New Jersey homicide detective, is on the hunt to discover who really killed a local drug dealer in a diner The brother of a rival drug dealer admits to it, but soon cracks start to surface and Klein figures out that all is not as it seems.This a bare bones, gritty urban story that makes you feel like you re right there watching what happens like a fly on the wall It s definitely for fans of The Wire or Law Order There s not a lot of fluff or romance It s a dark but realistic depiction of life on the mean streets of an American city


About the Author: Richard Price

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name Also writes under the pen name Harry BrandtA self described middle class Jewish kid, Price grew up in a housing project in the northeast Bronx Today, he lives in New York City with his family.Price graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1967 and obtained a BA from Cornell University and an MFA from Columbia He also did graduate work at Stanford He has taught writing at Columbia, Yale, and New York University He was one of the first people interviewed on the NPR show Fresh Air when it began airing nationally in 1987 In 1999, he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.Price s novels explore late 20th century urban America in a gritty, realistic manner that has brought him considerable literary acclaim Several of his novels are set in a fictional northern New Jersey city called Dempsy In his review of Lush Life 2008 , Walter Kirn compared Price to Raymond Chandler and Saul Bellow.Price s first novel was The Wanderers 1974 , a coming of age story set in the Bronx in 1962, written when Price was 24 years old It was adapted into a movie in 1979, with a screenplay by Rose and Philip Kaufman and directed by the latter.Clockers 1992 was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award It has been praised for its humor, suspense, dialogue, and characterizations In 1995, it was made into a movie directed by Spike Lee Price and Lee shared writing credits for the screenplay.Price has written numerous screenplays, of which the best known are The Color of Money 1986 , for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Life Lessons the Martin Scorsese segment of New York Stories 1989 , Sea of Love 1989 , Mad Dog and Glory 1992 , Ransom 1996 , and Shaft 2000 He also wrote for the HBO series The Wire Price was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the fifth season of The Wire He is often cast in cameo roles in the films he writes.Price also wrote and conceptualized the 15 minute film surrounding Michael Jackson s Bad video.Additionally, he has published articles in the The New York Times, Esquire Magazine, The New Yorker, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and others.


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