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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The Scene is an urban half-world of drug pushers and users, of pimps and prostitutes and narcotics detectives, laid bare in this explosive novel. From The Panic, the time of no dope, to The Man, who controls its ebb and flow on the streets, The Scene is a gripping work of heightened, hellish realism—a harrowing masterpiece of drug literature.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published July 17th 1996 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 1960)
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Diego González
"La escena" es el lugar donde los yonkis van a buscar su ración de merca para chutarse la vena y quedarse tirados en un rincón durante horas. Putas, chulos, camellos, traficantes, yonkis y toda clase de gentuza en general se mueve por las calles de La Escena bajo la mirada atenta de una policía absolutamente desbordada por la marea de mierda que desata la heroína en la ciudad.

El estilo absolutamente descarnado y brutal, sin concesiones ni al lirismo ni a la compasión, proviene sin duda del tras
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Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Just read this book. Liked it a lot. Here's my blog post about it: http://douglevin.blogspot.com/2011/09...
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He nuzzled his head between her breasts, his hair cold and dead. "Baby, I had a hard day. You just believe it, I had a hard day. I'm gonna quit it, I'm gonna give this bag up, you just watch and see, baby."
A long time ago, she had been a very fast girl, quick to catch on, popular in the girls' club at school, sought after, kissed and petted and loved. Right now it seemed almost silly that she should be hooked, with scars on her arms, with nothing but a housedress on because she felt too lazy an
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Zoe Michaels
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Too dope. Thoroughly enjoyed readig this book!
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Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
What I could understand of it was good...it kept flipping scenes too much..., but Cooper did do a good job of depicting street life.
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This is the perfect book if you enjoy exploitation movies of the 60's.
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Clarence Cooper Jr. wrote seven crime novels, which describe life in Black America, in the underworld of drugs and violence and in jail (The Farm). Cooper worked as an editor for The Chicago Messenger around 1955. He was said to have started taking heroin at this time. His first book, The Scene was a success with the critics. It had been published by serious Random House, but his other three books ...more
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