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Lush Life (2008)

by Richard Price

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It was just OK. I was disappointed in the ending, but won't say why here. ( )
  ellenuw | Jan 27, 2016 |
I don't give five stars often but Richard Price deserves it this time for his spectacular writing and dialogue. I had a difficult time putting this book down and was enthralled with the street chat. The characters were believable and as a fan of The Wire and Dennis Lehane, another favorite author, I highly recommend this book to anyone who has grown up in a big city.

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  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
I don't give five stars often but Richard Price deserves it this time for his spectacular writing and dialogue. I had a difficult time putting this book down and was enthralled with the street chat. The characters were believable and as a fan of The Wire and Dennis Lehane, another favorite author, I highly recommend this book to anyone who has grown up in a big city.

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  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
An easy and quick read. Great dialogue, very well written. If you like police drama, or The Wire, you'd like this book. ( )
  KatDes | Nov 20, 2015 |
The plot crawls at the (realistic?) pace of a real life police investigation, which makes it tough to slog through 400+ pages for the following gem of a passage:

"'What does it take to survive here. Who survives. The, the already half-dead? The unconscious?...Do you survive because of what is in you? Or because of what isn't...'"

Adding to the reader's frustration is the existing knowledge of how the murder actually went down, since the author provides both the perpetrators' and investigators' perspectives throughout the story; the real mystery here is: will the cops ever figure out what happened? The best part of the book is the sense of place: the Lower East Side post September 11 as it starts to gentrify. ( )
  librarianarpita | Jun 10, 2015 |
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Price is a builder, a drafter of vast blueprints, and though the Masonic keystone of his novel is a box-shaped N.Y.P.D. office, he stacks whole slabs of city on top of it and excavates colossal spaces beneath it. He doesn’t just present a slice of life, he piles life high and deep.
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The Quality of Life Task Force: four sweatshirts in a bogus taxi set up on the corner of Clinton Street alongside the Williamsburg Bridge off-ramp to profile the incoming salmon run; their mantra: Dope, guns, overtime; their motto: Everyone's got something to lose.
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Amazon Significant Seven, March 2008: No one has a better ear and eye for the American city than Richard Price, and in Lush Life, his first novel in five years, he leaves the fictional environs of Dempsy, New Jersey, where Clockers, Freedomland, and Samaritan were set, for a few crowded blocks of Manhattan's Lower East Side. There's a crime at the heart of the story, but you don't read Price for plot. Instead, you listen as he peels apart layers of class and history through the way his characters talk to each other: hipster bartenders who tell people they're really writers, homeboys from housing projects named after the Jewish immigrants who have long left the neighborhood, and cops, cops, cops, circling the streets looking for a collar, disappearing into their cases as their own lives go to ruin. --Tom Nissley

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In this first-rate police procedural, Eric Cash, the 34-year-old bartender at Cafe Berkmann and a would-be screenwriter, ends up in jail as a murder suspect and it's up to two New York City police detectives to find out the truth.

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