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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2006

    Should've consulted a reporter

    Once again, Price displays a great sense of place, realistic, gritty dialogue and patient pacing. However, his portrayal of the reporter is off in so many ways. Granted, this is a little personal -- me being a journalist and all. But it showed me Price -- who should have the time -- didn't do his homework, and that cost the book credibility. First of all, an evening paper does NOT have a five-o-clock deadline (The paper comes OUT at five, right?). Besides, there are probably about two evening papers left in this country, and they each have a circulation of about 150. While I'm at it, daily reporters on a big story NEVER publish the story a week after the news. I could go on about more inaccuracies, but it would probably bore the non-journalist. Come on, Richard. if you'd at least consulted one reporter, he or she would've steered you right. Don't big time authors do a ton of research? And -- while I'm on my soap box here -- the overzealous reporter who'll stomp on anyone to get the story is cliche, cliche, cliche. Can we please stop villainizing the press? It's a lazy tactic more becoming of a rookie writer. Why not just throw in a sleezy defense attorney while you're at it? Or how about a bureaucratic justice system that lets bad guys out of prison on a technicality? To those who like to equate the media with demons, remember: We need someone to question authority. My final complaint is that the story did drag on a little at the end. Overall, it's a decent read but not nearly as consistent as Price's 'Clockers' or 'Ladies Man.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2006

    Take Me To Freedomland

    The white woman walks into the hospital, her hands dripping with blood. What she tells the hospital staff ignites what is to be the start of a racial war between neighbourhoods in downtown New Jersey. Armstrong¿s Police Officer, Lorenzo Council is called in to investigate the claims of Brenda Martin ¿ that a black man carjacked her and drove off with her four year old son asleep in the backseat. Soon, the people are in an uproar as the white infested Gannon sends their police force to pick on the residents of Armstrong, while the latter retaliates with disdainful shouts of ` ¿all cause of that White B....'s kiddd?¿ Amidst the pandemonium, Lorenzo is desperate to solve the case of the missing boy, especially when it becomes palpable that Brenda Martin was not revealing the truth and that she knew more than she let on. With pressure coming from all sides, Lorenzo is forced to enlist the help of the Friends of Kent, a group formed by feisty housewives whose main cause was to locate missing children, to spend some time with Brenda ¿ and what they discover may cause even more violence and disarray to two neighbourhoods already sitting on a time bomb. Freedomland is a heavy thriller with provocative character study but it lacked one crucial element ¿ a good and gripping story. Readers might find it frustrating to flip through unnecessary pages on subjects that were irrelevant to the main plot as author has the tendency to go off tangent. Said author should pick up the pace in order to maintain momentum as he runs the risk of losing readers¿ interest with his ramblings. However, author Price has the gift of eradicating any falseness from the way the characters talked to the way they move and think. For those with the mental stamina to persevere through the inner city cockledoodledoos, you will find a satisfying read in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2006

    OK, but somewhat overhyped

    After reading the critics' reviews of this book, I was really anticipating the story. However, I found it quite difficult to read. It was an interesting story with complex characters, but I found the beginning incredibly slow and kind of boring. And while the characters were complex, I never really felt connected with them. I agree with another reviewer here in that it felt like an episode of Law & Order. I was not shocked by anything in this book. As well, the overall theme was so bleak and hopeless (which I guess is purposeful), but it really turned me off.

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