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Lush Life by Richard Price
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Jun 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Recommended to Joel by: The Economist
Recommended for: People interested in NYC
Read in June, 2011

Lush Life is a terrific recent entrant in the crime fiction genre. But it is also much more than that. It takes you on a ride through a New York City that most of us don't experience (whether living there or just visiting). And the portraits it paints of various characters -- victims, thugs, cops, friends and family -- are extraordinary. Following a shooting at which two witnesses give a report to the police that turns out to be contrary to the report given by one of the surviving victims, the book grabs hold of you and doesn't let go. The story takes place around the lower east side. Most of the characters are dysfunctional in one way or another, but at the same time they feel incredibly real and are, for the most part, likable. I think that people who live in or otherwise know NYC really well, would greatly enjoy this book. When I finished the book, I was sorry that the story came to an end.

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