The Whites

The Whites

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First edition
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"Back in the bad old days, when Billy Graves worked for an anti-crime unit in Harlem known as the Wild Geese, the NYPD branded him as a cowboy. Now forty, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch. Mostly, his team of detectives conducts a series of holding actions--and after years in police purgatory, Billy is content simply to do his job. But soon after he gets a 3:00 a.m. call about the fatal knifing of a drunk in a Third Avenue pub, his investigation moves beyond the usual handoff to the day shift. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a 13-year-old girl, he finds himself drawn back to the late 1990s when the Wild Geese were at their most wayward. Before the case can be closed, it will severely test Billy's new sense of purpose and force him to accept that his troubled past isn't past at all. Richard Price, one of America's most gifted novelists, has always written brilliantly about cops, criminals, and New York City. Now, writing as Harry Brandt, he is poised to win a huge following among all those who hunger for first-rate crime fiction"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805093995
0805093990
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 25 cm

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AL_HANNAH Aug 08, 2016

If you like grit and intrigue, this one's for you!

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pennyyimking
Feb 18, 2016

a well done novel . grim, gritty and realistic

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lukasevansherman
Dec 15, 2015

Somewhat confusingly this is novelist Richard Price ("Clockers," "Lush Life") writing as Harry Brandt. I'm not sure the point of having a pen name if you tell everyone who have a pen name. Anyway, this is a tough, gritty cop thriller that builds tension well, but has some trouble with its conclusion.

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stewstealth
Dec 01, 2015

Thought the characterizations were pretty good, however the prose was only average. Reasonably well plotted and worth reading if you are interested.

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harolddarling
Sep 22, 2015

I was very disappointed, book failed to capture my imagination. "Whites" fell flat because: (1) Richard Price's sensibilities are stuck in the 90's; (2) story and characters are incomplete and vague; and (3) I couldn't tell if the book was a police procedural or an updated version of "Lush Life"

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nannerl
Aug 02, 2015

An interesting plot with a satisfying end, and it shows the human moral struggle in the grey area between right and wrong, and how far loyalty should go. Lots of New York and police jargon, which I guess was an important aspect of telling the story, but for me it required more concentration than I was willing to give it on a hot summer night.

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0007548100dmw
Jun 24, 2015

Too much "street language" and too many confusing characters. Did not finish.

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megaculpa
Jun 10, 2015

Price is a master and he's at the top of his game in The Whites. The characters are so distinctive and well drawn that reading the novel is like living and working with them. Several intersecting stories, as well, so readers are advised to dedicate some free time and immerse themselves in this book.

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looper46
Apr 27, 2015

This is the crime novel to read. Strong drama,great characters. Rates right up there with his masterpiece,"Clockers". One of America's great crime novelist, better than James Ellroy, who I really like. Read it, won't be disappointed.

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nionoff
Mar 31, 2015

Excellent police procedural with lots of dark humor reminiscent of early Joseph Wambaugh LAPD novels. This involves the NYPD. Well written, good story, highly recommended.

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