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The 1957 murder of an undercover cop in a New York City housing project has unexpected ties to the unsolved disappearance of a young father walking home in those same projects with his son, Angelo, on Christmas Eve six years before. The only witness to the cop ki
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Published June 1st 2015 by Three Towers Press (an imprint of HenschelHAUS Publishing)
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Let me start by saying this is not the typical book I would read, but I am glad I ventured out of my comfort zone for this one. The story takes place in "The Projects" of New York during a time ripe with crime, gangs and organized crime. The disappearance of Angelo's father, Mac, on Christmas Eve is shrouded in mystery. Could it be one of the gangs that surround the area in which Angelo lives, or is it something more sinister? Angelo, his son and main character in the story, always feels it is h ...more
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fast paced novel about a boy who's father suddenly disappears Christmas Eve and his vendetta against the gang who he suspects killed him and also raped his mother. Talk about thrilling! Angelo lives in the projects of New York where there are many gangs. He was unaware, but came to realize that before he was born his mother was kidnapped and raped by the prominent gang, The Knights. As he was only seven when his father disappeared that evening, Angelo always thought that his father had ...more
William Bentrim
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Weepers by Nick Chiarkas

Gritty, captivating and throat grabbing might describe this book. Chiarkas shows the time period, in which I grew up, as a place as far removed from a small steel town upbringing as imaginable. The two bridges area of NYC might as well have been on another planet. The story is a tale of family ties, organized crime and self defense gangs.

Angelo is the main protagonist in this story. His story is a coming of age in an environment that was distinctly hostile. A volatile y
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I would like to thank Three Towers Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Weepers to review. The disappearance of Angelo's father, Mac, on Christmas Eve is shrouded in mystery. Could it be one of the gangs that surround the area in which Angelo lives, or is it something more sinister? Weepers follows Angelo, a young boy living in the Two Bridges neighborhood, as the events of the past shape his future. This book realistically depicts a slum neighborhood in the 1950's, which is nestl ...more
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Nick Chiarkas knocks it out of the park with "Weepers". This book is gripping to a totally different level. One of the main reasons I liked this book so much was because of the era the book took place. It doesn't get any better than reading about mobs, and gangs. You learn about a young man's life, Angelo and how he has had to cope with heartache and struggle throughout his life. Although Angelo tries his best to provide for his family and do the right thing, the right thing isn't always po ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Weepers tells the story of Angelo, who is growing up in the dangerous housing projects in New York in the 1950’s. Angelo’s life is full of the dangers and difficulties of growing up in an area full of gangs and violence and despair. The characters in the story are brought together by violent circumstances, and it’s interesting to see how people navigate the uncertainty and chaos of the neighborhood.

I thought that Chiarkas did an amazing job bringing both Angelo and the setting to life. The deta
Betty Yoder
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very good book! Easy to read, exciting, hard to put down and walk away without returning to read "just one more chapter" and then some. The author is an exceptional writer. Each character in the book was important and played a critical role in the story. Gutsy Angelo was such a loveable boy, but sure kept the reader on the edge of the seat wondering if he would make the right choice in the many situations he "created" and experienced. His strong family ties and living in the worst part of town ...more
Dennis Yoder
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent read. The author has written the story based on a lot of things he had experienced while growing up. This lends a lot of legitimacy to the book. It gets down and dirty and is very captivating. It makes you wonder where this is going and what is going to happen next. Angelo learns how important it is to have the right kind of friends and the value of having a family who will do whatever it takes to protect him.
Angelo goes from being a scared little boy that gets bullied and pick
Chris Norbury
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding debut novel. Gritty, realistic depiction of the poor side of New York in the 1950s, rife with mobsters, gangs, crooked cops, and power struggles, all centered around 13-year-old Angelo, who is forced to grow up fast in the midst of this chaos because of his father's mysterious disappearance six years earlier.

The dialogue rings true, and Chiarkas sets the scene in a sparse but complete way, hitting all the senses just enough to drop the reader into the lower East Side projects. The
Margaret Goss
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well written and gripping. I enjoyed this book immensely, highly recommend it!!!
Dennis De Rose
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nick Chiarkas' Weepers, for some readers, is a fast trip down memory lane. Nick grew up in New York City living in the projects in the 50's, tenement housing where, as a child or an adult, you were either predator or prey. As a child, if you didn't have protection, gang-related or otherwise, you were picked on mercilessly, robbed daily, beaten or worse. As an adult if you didn't follow the rules and live by the code, you might just end up in the East River as food for the fishes.
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Nick Chiarkas
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
5 Star Review from Readers' Favorite
Weepers by Nick Chiarkas is a murder mystery set in the 1950s. In 1951, Christmas Eve, a man disappeared while walking through the Projects with Angelo, his son. In 1957, an undercover police officer was killed in a housing project in New York. At 2.00 a.m., on the way to setting fire to a grocery store, Angelo saw the cop killing and he was seen by the killers. As events unfold, Angelo forms a gang called Weepers and comes up against the mafia, police corrupt
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Chiarkas writes about the projects in NYC during the 1950s. He focuses on a young man, Angelo, and his initiation into adulthood at the age of 13. Besides Angelo, we meet his biological family and the people in the neighborhood, also considered family, who take care of him. All are interesting, well thought out and detailed characters. All are involved in the consequences of an action of Angelo's that changes him and requires his community to rally behind him.

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Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book because it was the book of the month for my book club. It is not a book that I would normally pick up. I am very glad I had given this one a chance. Very good read! Hard to put down...I would have read it in a day but a body needs sleep and kids need to eat. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and there is a lot going on in this book so it is definitely not a mindless read. For me that s a very good thing. It is engaging. This would be a great book for middle school a ...more
Linda Kenney
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book very much. It's a mystery that takes place in 1950s NYC. It's about the projects, street gangs, and much more. The main character is a 13-year old boy. It is the first in a series. I hope the next one is published soon! ...more
Mildred Liebl
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lower east side

I grew up in this neighborhood around the same time this novel portrays. Although it claims to be fiction, this is exactly how it was at that time
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Both a gripping mystery and a poignant coming of age story- I highly recommend this book! Would love to see the characters again.
Susan Bissell
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book by Nick Chiarkas. The characters are very well developed, so well, that you really feel for all the them as you delve into story. The protagonist Angelo is a young boy who is on the threshold of turning 13 years old has to grow up really fast as he decides if he wants to join a gang in the New York city projects as a usual way of life or go your own way. Angelo is a very smart and independent strong minded boy who wants to avenge his mother name and reputation, but goe ...more
Linda Diaz
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I grew up in a neighborhood right smack in the heart of a big city, just like Angelo! I can relate to Angelo in search of finding himself. My neighborhood was also old-school, and that leads to being mentally tough. Regardless of where you grew up, you will find a little bit of yourself in Angelo.

Before I begin, I want to preface by stating that Angelo is one smart kid. Children growing up in inner cities all across this country face some big challenges everyday. But it isn’t all doom and gloom
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3.5 out of 5 stars

This was one of those books I went out of my typical comfort zone to read. I loved the back story of the author and what the book was about, but its not my typical genre (so just know that with this review).

I enjoyed the book and I can tell that Nick wrote what he knew. The details and information that he wrote out were very based-in fact and I think that's what made this book so "real" for me. For me, the story would weave from "I don't believe it" to very believable when diff
Tammie Smith
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading a book called Weepers from Mick Chiarkas. It was wonderful. It takes place in 1957 in the housing projects in New York city. The books has the feel that you are specifically in New York projects at the time. It gives you that sense of being there. The main character is a 12 year old boy named Angelo. His father disappeared a few years ago. It is about how he is able to stick up for him self and his family despite being a witness to a murder by a gang. I won this book on g ...more
Xondra Day
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this novel. It's a complex story with great interesting characters set in one of New York's roughest neighborhoods where gang activity is common and it's a struggle to survive set in the 1950s. It's also about family and the ties that bind a community together.

I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but I will say there is quite a bit of violence in this book and while I was okay reading it some might not, so fair warning.

Many th
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good book it wasnt a i couldnt put it down book for me but i did enjoy it . Saying this it was well written, very descriptive and realistic regarding situations and events.

Thank you to netalley for gifting me this in exchange for an honest review
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Nick Chiarkas grew up in the Al Smith housing projects in the Two Bridges neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where Weepers takes place. When he was in the fourth grade his mother was told by the principal of PS#1 that, “Nick is unlikely to ever complete high school, so you must steer him toward a simple and secure vocation.” Instead, Nick became a writer, with a few stops along the way: ...more

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