Lush Life

Lush Life

Book - 2008
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In this first-rate police procedural, Eric Cash, the 34-year-old bartender at Café Berkmann and a would-be screenwriter, ends up in jail as a murder suspect and it's up to two New York City police detectives to find out the truth.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
ISBN: 9780374299255
Characteristics: 455 p. ; 24 cm.


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Apr 05, 2017

I read this book in 2009. This is a review I wrote on it at the time.

I heard about this book on NPR. Comments on the radio during an interview with the author included discussion about his amazing "voice" in the book. This included his grasp of New York ghetto slang as well as "cop speak". This intrigued me as a writer. Richard Price had experience living in New York ghettos and he researched the book by riding around with cops, etc.
After reading the book I also was struck by the detail and dialogue. I enjoy writing dialogue and I agree, that Price is very good.

All in all, this isn't my usual cup of tea..., New York crime stories, etc. But this book was very engaging. I don't see why it wouldn't make a good movie---there is a lot of "meat" to work with here for a project like that.


Sep 24, 2015

Got a bit tedious in the last third. Caught myself skimming just to finish it.

Dec 12, 2013

Richard Price has a habit of looking at the not so pretty side of life. He's such a good writer you don't mind too much.

Sep 22, 2012

Beautiful. 5 stars.

Jul 27, 2012

Wonderful. Read if only for the dialogue.

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