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Clockers by Richard Price
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Oct 29, 08

Read in October, 2008

"The Wire - in convenient book form" has been my pithy description of Clockers.

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 overwrought and the story is easily 75 pages too long. A strong addition to the canon and recommended read for everyone from fans of The Wire to would-be writers whose own study of grittiness and realness is also overwrought.

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