Apaches: A Novel of Suspense [NOOK Book]


Boomer. Dead-Eye. Pins. Geronimo. Reverend Jim. Mrs. Columbo. Legends of the NYPD, they were great cops. The best cops. But they are cops no more. Now they are apaches, a renegade unit working on their own.--reunited to bring down the most vicious criminal working New York City today. . . .

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Boomer. Dead-Eye. Pins. Geronimo. Reverend Jim. Mrs. Columbo. Legends of the NYPD, they were great cops. The best cops. But they are cops no more. Now they are apaches, a renegade unit working on their own.--reunited to bring down the most vicious criminal working New York City today. . . .

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The Barnes & Noble Review
July 1997

Lorenzo Carcaterra's stark and brutally honest writing has brought his readers deep into the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City, where he grew up and perhaps, to a great extent, where his demons still lie, flushed out through graphically cathartic writing. Carcaterra is the author of the autobiographical A Safe Place and the phenomenal bestseller Sleepers, the publishing event of 1995 and the catalyst for one of the top Hollywood films of the following year. Carcaterra returns with Apaches, his eagerly anticipated first novel and his darkest book yet in its vivid descriptions of the violence that humans inflict upon one another.

Apaches returns to the mean streets of New York City in the early 1980s. A lethal new form of smokable cocaine, nicknamed "crack" for its wicked high, has made its appearance in dealers' vials on any and every street corner. The results are devastating. Violence is escalating as fast as morals can crumble — "feeding the high" leads people on both sides of the drug trade to desperate, unspeakable measures to ensure the circulation of the drug.

Boomer Frontieri, a New York City detective forced to retire after being wounded in a drug bust, is brought back to life by a crime he cannot ignore. A 12-year-old girl is brutally kidnapped, and when an old friend turns to him for help, Boomer returns to the life he once knew and thirsts for again: the life of a cop. Upon investigation, the kidnapping turns out to be something much, much worse, an almost unspeakable demonstration of evil andabuse.Instantly, Boomer knows what has to be done in the name of justice.

Dead-Eye. Pins. Geronimo. Reverend Jim. Mrs. Columbo. They were great cops once, all of them. But they are cops no more. Boomer Frontieri brings them all together, back to a life where they face almost certain death, a life where they are Apaches — a renegade unit working on its own. Some call them heroes; some consider them enemies or outlaws. But the grisly reality that the Apaches see is one where good and bad, right and wrong, living and dead, are virtually indecipherable.

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Carcaterra, author of a powerful, best-selling memoir, Sleepers (Ballantine, 1995), here weighs in with his first novel. The story centers around a group of controversial New York City cops.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307756503
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/19/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 60,736
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Lorenzo Carcaterra is the author of the autobiographical memoir A Safe Place and the New York Times bestseller Sleepers. He has also written the screenplay Dreamer: The Bobby Darin Story for director Barry Levinson, and Doubt, a thriller for Touchstone Pictures. He is currently at work on his new book, Shadows.

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Interviews & Essays

On Wednesday, July 23rd, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of APACHES.

Moderator: Good evening, Lorenzo Carcaterra! Thanks for joining us tonight! And hello to all of our participants, please go ahead and ask questions.

Paul from Morris Plains, NJ: Lorenzo, were you satisfied with the casting of Jason Patric in the movie "Sleepers"?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: Who could complain? He's better looking, has lots more hair, and is a very talented actor.

Gonzalo Curbelo from New York City: After reading SLEEPERS, I decided to read THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. I would like to know if one of the reasons that you liked the book was that the Count reminded you of Uncle Benny?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: Not really. I admired the Count first of all because it was a great story. As I got older, I realized how much courage he had and respected the fact that he survived against all obstacles.

Davis Dawes from New York City: Lorenzo, nice to have this chance to talk to you. Tell me, how have you chosen to respond to the criticism of SLEEPERS, that it was in fact not nonfiction? (Thanks -- we believe you, peace.)

Lorenzo Carcaterra: There's really nothing to respond to. It's my story. I know it's true, and the people involved know it's true. The book stands and speaks for itself. Readers are free to choose to either believe it or not. It's up to them.

Roger from Washington: Wow, Lorenzo Carcaterra! Lorenzo, what can we expect from APACHES?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: I'm hoping a great read.

Sally Weiner from Hackensack, NJ: What inspired you to write APACHES? Anything in the news that we might remember?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: I worked on two police shows -- one in 1988 called "Cop Talk" and another in 1990 called "Top Cops." I got to meet and know many terrific cops through those shows, a few of them disabled, like my Apaches, many of them young, also like my Apaches, and all of them great storytellers. That's pretty much where the idea for writing the novel was first planted.

Geraldine Diamond from Newton, MA: Do you ever wish that people would stop concentrating so much on SLEEPERS and move on to A SAFE PLACE and now APACHES?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: I hope people always go back and read the books. As I write more, there will be more for them to read. The focus now will be on APACHES because it's the new book.

Kevin Williams from Jenkinstown: Do you still speak to Father Bobby?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: Yes, as often as I can, and I try to see him several times a year.

MKG-HG from San Diego, CA: Do you have connections or friends in the Police Department in New York City who allowed you to find out about the gritty details of homicide investigation, criminal pursuit, etc.? Ever shadow a cop for 24 hours?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: Many of my friends are either cops or former NYPD detectives. They were very generous with their knowledge over the years, never shy about sharing stories, and usually could be counted on to pick great restaurants.

Jerry from Los Angeles, CA: I can't wait to read APACHES!!! Are there any plans on making APACHES into a movie?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: The novel was sold in manuscript in April to Jerry Bruckheimer, who has produced such films as "Con Air," "The Rock," "Top Gun," and "Crimson Tide."

JaineeMac from AOL: What's next on your agenda? More fiction, perhaps?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: My next novel, SHADOWS, will be published sometime next year, and I'm also doing a few feature film scripts -- one a bio of singer Bobby Darin for director Barry Levinson and two thrillers for Touchstone Pictures -- "Doubt" and "Jobbers."

Kevin H. from The Office: I find your books very depressing and graphic in their detail, almost to the point where I can't read any further. I respect that this is the truth, (SLEEPERS/A SAFE PLACE), and the truth is often ugly and harsh when told without blinders on. But from what I understand, your new book is fiction, yet just as graphic. I have a 13-year-old daughter, and I just don't think that I can bring myself to read what happens to the girl in APACHES. Any advice, or any words as to why you have chosen to be so frank and brutally honest? Thank you for answering, I wanted to word this so as not to take away from your skill as a writer.

Lorenzo Carcaterra: It is brutal and often graphic. There is a kidnapping in APACHES of a young girl. I have a teenage daughter, like yourself. That scene, and the events that harm young Jennifer in the novel, are written as every parent's nightmare. Those horrible moments when your kid should be home and isn't. I want my children to be raised aware of the reality of the world, not blinded by it.

Yvonne Temeres from Bronx, NY: Lorenzo, do you still live in New York City? Do you still see any of the people from your young life in Hell's Kitchen?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: I live in a suburb outside of the city. I still see as many friends of mine from Hell's Kitchen as are still alive.

Winston Jacobs from Phoenix, AZ: Who is Boomer Frontieri in real life?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: He's based on no one. I've given him the attitude of some of my cop friends, but his exploits aren't based on any one cop.

Gonzalo Curbelo from New York City: Now, in the '90s, do you think that New York City is still a good place for kids to grow up in? Also, let me congratulate you for your work...I am reading all of your books, they're great.

Lorenzo Carcaterra: Thank you. Appreciate it. Yes, I do think New York City is a good place to grow up. It's much different than when I was a kid, but most places are different. You can be safe, but you must always be careful.

Winona Jackson from San Francisco, CA: Lorenzo, which authors have you read recently that you would recommend? What mainstays are in your library at home?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: I read anything written by Elmore Leonard, James Lee Burke, Harry Crews, Pete Hamill, William Diehl, George V. Higgins, Sue Grafton. Lots of others. I buy tons of books and try to read as many as I can.

Gerald from Jersey Shore, PA: Just curious if you wander around the seedier parts of New York City and people-watch to get ideas for your books? Where do you like to people-watch?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: I usually go to restaurants and hang with cops and sometimes with guys on the other side. When I need to, I travel to places with either group to get a firsthand look at things I might one day write about.

Alex Randhava from Dublin, Ireland: Hey, so I'm over here studying for the summer and I hear Carcaterra has a new book out! I'll look for it in bookstores around Ireland. Will it be reaching me here? A SAFE PLACE is in my backpack to read when I take off around Europe in August. Good luck, man! - Alex!

Lorenzo Carcaterra: Thanks, Alex. I believe the UK edition will be published sometime in August.

Warren G. from Whitestone, NY: How do you think organized crime has changed in recent years? Are there still neighborhood mafiosi in Hell's Kitchen? Does the recent rash of arrests of Mafia kingpins and underbosses mean we will no longer see the fascinating mob stories and movies we all love to love?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: A cop gave me a great answer to your question. He once told me that in the old days we used to have organized crime. These days we have disorganized crime. But the stories will always be there. They just won't be as funny.

Vin Obermeier from Flatbush, Brooklyn: What kind of mind-set do you have to get into to write? How many hours a day?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: I write every day. With the books, I'll put in as much as six hours a day. With the scripts, I'll do about four. Very often, I'll work on two at the same time -- a book and a script. The rest of the time I work out, read, and am Mr. Mom with the kids.

Mark Appeal from New York City: Lorenzo, let's say that when you created the APACHES, they not only came to life on the page, but also in the flesh. Could you identify with them? What would you all say to one another?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: In my mind, they are alive. I've just spent six months in their fictional company, but they were there every day with me in my office. Some days were more fun than others.

Gonzalo Curbelo from New York City: Besides THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, which other book is your favorite?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: From my youth, I loved everything by Dumas, Hugo, Sabatini. They were great and still are. The hard part now is getting my kids to read them.

Elliott Shea from Boston, MA: Lorenzo, it is said that writing about difficult events in one's past is cathartic and really the only way to be at peace within oneself. Do you share this philosophy? Or is there more? Another way that you have made peace with your memories?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: That was true with my first book. When I finished A SAFE PLACE, I felt at peace with my father. SLEEPERS was the reverse. When I finished it, I couldn't shake it and still have problems stemming from its writing. So I guess it depends on the book and subject. Writing fiction, there was a sense of total freedom, which explains why I love APACHES as much as I do.

Mark from New York City: How do you feel about the online interview format? Ever been online before in this way?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: I've done it once before, two years ago. It's really neat. You get to answer more questions in an hour than you do in most interviews, and you answer them from the only people who really matter -- the ones who buy your books.

Julie from Buffalo, NY: I am originally from New York City, and I love your books. How do you think Mayor Giuliani has been doing so far? Do you think he is responsible for the revamping of Hell's Kitchen? I hear it is now a hip neighborhood to live in. What do you think of the current state of Hell's Kitchen?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: I think Giuliani is doing a terrific job, and if I were living in New York City I'd vote for him -- twice.

Dan Lerman from Eugene, OR: Lorenzo, I love you books, man. Who influenced you to write?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: My first big influence was Pete Hamill, who is a great writer and very generous with his talent. He made me want to write for newspapers. Harry Crews, Elmore Leonard, George v. Higgins are all writers to go to school on.

Mark from New York City: Do you enjoy writing screenplays? Ever wanted to move to Hollywood? -)

Lorenzo Carcaterra: I love writing screenplays, but I don't need to move to Hollywood. I go out there about every six weeks, stay a week, have a great time, and head right back home. Perfect situation.

Gonzalo Curbelo from New York City: In general, what was the reaction of your friends in Hell's Kitchen in regards to the book SLEEPERS? Also, to those who aspire to become writers (maybe even become as good as you), what would you say to them?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: My friends loved the book. I'll tell them what Pete Hamill told me years ago -- to learn how to write, you must first learn how to read. It's a good lesson.

Rory from Florida: Hey Lorenzo, I have three questions for you 1) I am planning to write a book of commentaries soon (I am going into the eighth grade at the end of August and thought that December would be the perfect time to start). Anyway, when I start writing this book, should I think of what commentaries I want to write? Do some research? What should I do? 2) How do you overcome writer's block? 3) How much time do you spend writing? Thanks a bunch!!!

Lorenzo Carcaterra: Just what I need, more competition. Just kidding. Write every day, Rory, and read every day. And good luck.

Frank Gerard from Houston, TX: Lorenzo, I have read that APACHES deals very graphically with the abduction and rape of a young girl. Is it difficult for you to write about such unspeakable horrors?

Lorenzo Carcaterra: It's always difficult. But I feel that fiction should be as real as possible, the sounds, the look, the feel, the situations. We live in a violent world, and I try to reflect that world.

Gonzalo Curbelo from New York City: I always wanted to write...but I always lacked some inspiration, but I must say that you have really inspired me, and through reading your books I have received a lot of inspiration. Thank you, and good luck in your career. One thing is for sure, there will be many behind you...and one of them is me.

Lorenzo Carcaterra: Thank you, Gonzalo. I could use as many fans as possible. And I always appreciate it.

Moderator: Thank you for joining us tonight, Lorenzo Carcaterra, and thanks to all who participated. Goodnight.

Lorenzo Carcaterra: Thanks for having me on, and thanks to all of you for reading my books and supporting my books these past years. Take care, all, and stay well. Goodnight.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    excellent book

    I have read every book by Lorenzo Carcaterra and am dissapointed that he hasn't written any more. Great characters, great story. Highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006


    Apaches is one of the greatest books I've ever read. Very emotional and gory but you'll be glad you read it. It gets you up close to the characters. Apaches makes you realize how sick some people are and how thankful you are to have brave heroes out there to stop them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2004

    Good, but not great

    Apaches is a dark, gritty story. At times you will find yourself flinching or gritting your teeth at the abominations that some of the characters perform upon their victims. The author uses great detail and has a way of keeping you entranced in the story, always wanting more. The basic premise is simple and one that has been told dozens of times. The pace is beyond fast, which is good and bad. You want more and I felt like the flow was too fast. The story went from one plot to the second major plot too quickly. Carcattera is a good author who is able to keep you fascinated with the darkest possible scenarios. I look forward to his future work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2004

    Who Can't Love This Gruesome Yet Beautiful Story?

    I read this book thinking every character will have a near death experience and then live happily ever after. . . like 99.9% of books out there.How much wronger can a person get.This book makes u think. . . and I mean seriously think.If u are in the need of a book that can wrap u up and never let u go GET THIS!!!!This bopk will wrap u up in the life of 4 cops, 1 bomb expert,a phone tapper, a 12 year old girl, 2 twisted kidnappers, and a notorius drug lord. Be aware though this isn't your every day book.U may find yourself up at 3:00A.M reading to figure out who'll get shot in chapter 12's gun fight. . . but then again that's just Apaches's magic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2003


    An absorbing novel about a group of former cops who operate outside the law in order to stop a very dangerous criminal. Satisfying in part because this group doesn't have to worry about police procedure and protecting the rights of criminals. Very graphic but equally good; whether you love it or hate it, it will stick in your mind long after you put it down which is what all great novels should do

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2001

    A Taut Crime Thriller

    Carcaterra is a gifted crime fiction writer. The characters are larger-than-life and the plot is riveting. I read it in a single night...and enjoyed every minute of it. If you like crime fiction, then you'll love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    A Page-Turner

    APACHES is brimming with tragic heroes and dastardly villains. Carcaterra has crafted a true masterpiece of modern crime fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2001

    Read in one sitting!!! Excellent !

    Couldn't put it down....great characters with fast moving plot. This book every bit as good as sleepers...Cant wait for more from this author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2001

    It was great!

    Lorenzo Carcaterra is a great author, and he created a great novel with Apaches. Here's a little about it. Boomer, Dead-Eye, Rev.Jim, Mrs.Columbo, Geronimo, Pins. They all were cops, the best at what they did. But they were taken out of the job they loved too early. But when Boomer looks for a kidnapped girl with Dead-Eye, they find the girl, but stumble on to something bigger. Which brings these cops back onto the street, doing the thing they do best. Fight the bad guys, and protect the innocent.

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