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Lush Life by Richard Price
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Apr 05, 10

bookshelves: crime, hard-boiled, new-york
Read from March 27 to April 03, 2010

Reads very much like a season of The Wire - for good and for bad. Mostly good, though there are a few moments that verge on scripting, or character turning to caricature, in a way that may work much better visually. The brilliance of the dialogue goes without saying. More importantly, there is brilliance in the gradual collection of set pieces, almost the building of a world from props, or more accurately, urban detritus and abandoned wreckage - Harry Steele's repurposed synagogue, the synagogue collapsed (to be rebuilt, renewed, shined and polished elsewhere but incorporating the best of what was not destroyed utterly in the death rattle of the original), the underground "refuge" of previous generations of immigrants (the modern city literally built on / over them). This is, at its best, a story of revenants, the echo of founding myth (like a new minted dollar passed down, creased and dirtied) ... afterimages of people, populations, structures and how they can turn the present, the living, into their reincarnations. Or, perhaps, with the thread of Judaism woven, dybbuks.

Can't wait to read the Dempsey trilogy; just ordered Clockers, Freedomland, and The Samaritan from Amazon. I'm in the deep end.
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