Monday, June 1, 2009
Like Reading an Episode of "The Wire"
Title: Lush Life
By: Richard Price
Reading Lush Life is like reading an extended episode of HBO's series "The Wire." Not coincidentally, Price writes for the series and was recently nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for his writing on the show.
The novel starts with the murder of a young screenwriter and bartender in a botched mugging in the early morning hours in Manhattan's Lower East Side, and ends with a gunman confessing, but what happens in between is anything but ordinary. Price explores the relationships and boundaries between victims, perpetrators, witnesses, cops, and their families. In the end, the murder is solved, but we know it is only a matter of moments before another will occur and the web between victim, perp, wit, and cops will be woven anew.
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