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 . . . rema...more
I’m sure this novel is completely ignored in college classrooms because p...more
The book is pretty interesting and really gripping. It's a peek into the gritty and sad world of early 90s New Jersey projects. It's giving a fair view of both sides of the world Strike and Rocco live in. Rocco and Strike are on opposing...more
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...more
To expand upon that, it's a character study that does nothing to dispel the popular image of the homicide detective (a world-weary skeptic, partly corrupt, slightly alcoholic, alternately caring too much and too little), but does much to explain how he got that way. Same song, different verse for the low level captain of a drug crew.
Great dialogue, incredible detail, mostly-good pacing. Some of the symbolism is overw...more
There is a chapter on heroin addicts who live in a condemned building and who take out and sell the copper tubing in order to get there fix. This chapter is as poetic, as generous, as painful as anything I have read. It would make Charles Dickens envious.
As in The Wire, in Clockers Richard Price explores the front line in the War on Drugs through two infantrymen on opposite sides of the conflict. There's Rocco Klein, homicide investigator, and Strike, lieutenant on the rise in the Dempsey projects. The late-night murder of a fast-food restaurant manager forces Rocco and Strike's paths to collide. Each is trapped, clocking on his side of the line. Clockers makes it clear that this is an unwinnable, endless war. If one man gets o...more
Strike works hard to earn enough to finally stop being a drug dealer, and does all he can to help avoid falling into the same trap. He always told his crew, "Don't let the girls wrap you around their little fingers."
I guess it’s something I’ve been overly concerned with my whole life. When I was in my early teens, I asked a teacher at my church if he would allow me to sit in his classroom at a school in what I only knew as the ghetto. His school was across the street from the old Chicago Stadium, now replaced by the United Center.
Clockers is written from the point of view of 2 main characters - Strike, a drug-dealing teenager (more like an overseer of other drug dealers... kind of like lower-middle management) and Rocco, a homicide detective. Early in the...more
The Clockers was published in 1992, and was made into a Spike Lee film that Price co-wrote. I believe it was nominated for a Film Critics award. I haven't seen the movie, but the novel is awesome.
I like a multi-POV story, if it's done well. Price brings authen...more
I was excited to read this book as I absolutely loved the wire, and although this book had its moments a lot of it left me feeling somehow disconnected from the writing and the characters for reasons I really can't clearly explain. The hopelessness of inner city america comes screaming through the pages from both key perspectives. At its best it had flashes of Dostoyevsky and was fueled by some fascinating (and often paralleling) internal conflicts; and then there were the times where ... it jus...more
Truth is, this book doesn't really get going until AT LEAST page 250 of 600, but if you stick with it, if you actually read into the 400s and finish this baby, you'll be every so glad that you did. It's unlike most of what else you'll find out there. Totally a mix of mystery, realism, character fiction, and... turns to go...more
If you liked The Wire, you'll like this. I know that sounds overly reductionist, but this guy did write for The Wire and the milieu, dialog and characterization are similar. Great dialog. Price has a gift for writing in that way that isn't really how people talk, but captures the essence of how people talk. It just rings true.
Really good book.
A 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 C...more
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Rodney would survive all this not because of his guts or his brains, but because he understood that there was no real life out here on the street, no real lives other than his own, and that what really mattered was coming first in all things, in all ways and at all costs.”