CLOCKERS CL [NOOK Book]

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Eighteen years ago, Richard Price's first novel, The Wanderers, was hailed by Hubert Selby, Jr., in the New York Times Book Review as "an outstanding work of art." Three novels and a dozen years later, Price made an equally stunning debut in Hollywood with his screenplay for The Color of Money, which was nominated for an Academy Award. And in 1989 his script for Sea of Love was widely recognized as a key to that movie's great success. But none of these accomplishments prepares us for the power and the brilliance...

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Overview


Eighteen years ago, Richard Price's first novel, The Wanderers, was hailed by Hubert Selby, Jr., in the New York Times Book Review as "an outstanding work of art." Three novels and a dozen years later, Price made an equally stunning debut in Hollywood with his screenplay for The Color of Money, which was nominated for an Academy Award. And in 1989 his script for Sea of Love was widely recognized as a key to that movie's great success. But none of these accomplishments prepares us for the power and the brilliance of his new novel: with Clockers, Richard Price takes a long step forward and joins the first rank of American writers.

Rocco Klein, a veteran homicide detective in a city just outside Manhattan, has lost his appetite for the wild drama of the street. When a warm June night brings yet another drug murder, Rocco has no sense that the case is anything special. A black twenty-year-old steps forward to confess, but a little digging reveals that he's never been in any kind of trouble, whereas his brother runs a crew of street-corner cocaine dealers— clockers—in a nearby housing project. Soon Rocco is sure that Victor Dunham is innocent, sure that his brother Strike is the real killer, and suddenly Rocco's hunger for the job is back.

But we know this brother, and we know Strike is not the killer. Driven and shrewd, Strike uses violence when he has to, but his primary concern is survival. He has been clocking for almost a year; if he could somehow move up to the ounce business, he might get off the street before it breaks him. But then Rocco Klein begins hounding him, and Strike's life becomes a nightmare.

At once an explosive murder mystery and a riveting portrait of two lives on a collision course, Clockers is a spectacular achievement. Richard Price has given voice to the harrowing but vital landscape of the American inner city, and this is quite simply one of the best novels in years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547524085
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/2/1992
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 599
  • Sales rank: 47,818
  • File size: 594 KB

Meet the Author

Richard Price

Richard Price is professor of anthropology at William and Mary College and author of several books, including the award-winning Alabi's World. He has lived intermittently in Martinique for more than twenty years.

Biography

In a 1981 essay he wrote for The New York Times entitled "The Fonzie of Literature," Bronx-born Richard Price sums up the origin of his rep as a streetwise scribe:

"I doubt that if I had written about the suburbs I would have attracted nearly as much attention. I found most interviewers and reviewers more than willing to romanticize my background, to make it sound like I had come out of Hell's Kitchen or an Odyssey House. I spent three hours being interviewed by People magazine, insisting that I was not Piri Thomas or Claude Brown, I was a middle-class Jewish kid who went to three colleges. But when the issue hit the stands, the leadoff of the one-paragraph squib was, 'Richard Price comes from the slum-stricken streets and paved playgrounds of the Bronx.'"

So while he may not be the hardened thug that critics seem to want to believe he is, his string of bestselling novels and hit screenplays are filled with enough urban wit and grit to garner him commercial and critical—if not street—cred.

After graduating from Cornell in 1971, Price broke out of the Bronx with The Wanderers in 1974, when he was 24 and in the process of earning an M.F.A. from Columbia. A series of hard-boiled vignettes about a teenage gang coming up in the 1960s that Price scribbled in his spare time, the collection was whisked off to a literary agent by the head of Columbia's writing program, and Price's debut found a publisher. In 1979, Orion released a major motion picture based on the book. A sort of "anti-Grease," The Wanderers noticeably lacked the nostalgic bubblegum bounce of other coming-of-age novels and flicks of its day, and touched off Price's reputation for being unafraid to expose the dark side of Americana.

Two more acclaimed novels would follow—I>Bloodbrothers (1976) and Ladies' Man (1978)—but soon an out-of-control cocaine habit plunged Price into a creative and personal abyss. "I wasn't even that big of a doper," he recalled to Salon.com. "I was definitely bush league. But enough that it sort of preoccupied me for three years."

Hollywood proved to be the sunny savior Price needed to help him climb out of the funk. By the mid-'80s, he had become a top screenwriter with a roster of hits to his credit, including the The Color of Money (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), Sea of Love, Ransom, and Mad Dog and Glory. "[Screenwriting] kept me in the writing game, and it also showed me I was able to write about things that were not connected to my autobiography," he told Salon.

In 1994, Price returned to fiction with the novel Clockers—a gritty depiction of crack trafficking in the fictional city of Dempsy, New Jersey, a Dantean hell of crime and urban blight. (Adapted into a film by Spike Lee, Clockers would earn Price another Academy Award nomination for screenwriting.) Since then, he has revisited Dempsy in blockbusters like Freedomland and Samaritan, garnering praise for his unblinkered view of inner-city life and his pitch-perfect ear for street talk. A writer's writer, Price counts among his many admirers such distinguished novelists as Russell Banks, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos, Elmore Leonard, and Stephen King. But in a 2003 interview, he confessed that the greatest validation he ever received came from his teenage daughter who read Samaritan and told him he was "really good!" Says Price, "Of course I want The New York Times to sing my praises, but she's my kid."

Good To Know

Price lives in New York City with his wife, downtown artist Judy Hudson, and their two daughters.

The inspiration for his novel Freedomland came from the infamous case of Susan Smith—a woman who admitted to murdering her own children after initially reporting a fictional carjacking.

A former cocaine addict, Price occasionally volunteers his time to speak about the dangers of drugs to high school students.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 12, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bronx, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Cornell University, 1971; M.F.A., Columbia University

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Good book, but ...

    Wonderful book but numerous errors in this digital edition. For $13 you'd expect better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

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    Clockers by Richard Price a Remarkable Novel

    As he did in Lush Life, Richard Price creates an environment that teems with anger, frustration, love, fidelity, and overall a desire to understand how to survive. His characters are complex, flawed, and often surprising. In Clockers we are immersed in the seamy and deadly world of drug dealers in Dempsey, NJ. I felt like I could see, smell, taste the many locales. Most stunning is the rhythm of his dialogue and the feeling of eavesdropping on a conversation, not just reading about it. I recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2011

    Great Book- Bad Transfer

    First off, just for the book alone I would give this five stars. This has been one of my favorite novels ever since I first read it in 1995, and I was excited for the chance to reread it on my Nook. The only problem, the transfer to ebook is very, very sloppy and the book is riddled with errors and typos. Not a knock on the story or author, but if you want to read it, either get the print verision or wait for a cleaner version to come out.

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

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    Clockers

    I just finished this novel and I think that it is one of the greatest crime novels that I have ever read. This novel is actually more than a crime novel, while it has it's fair share of twists and turns, Clockers is an excellent character study of both a Homicide detective and a drug-dealer in North Jersey. I don't want to give away any of the plot, because you should just find out yourself and be instantly rewarded. Also, if you are a fan of the Wire, the greatest television show ever, you will enjoy this novel because not only is Richard Price a writer for the show, but many parts of the novel feel as if you are watching the Wire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Do NOT.

    Avid reader of many years with varied interests, have purchased over a hundred books for my nook over the last year, this is the only book I absolutely could not finish. Maybe you're supposed to somehow identify with or pity this "young black hoodlum" in the story and his cohorts, I was just disgusted. They're all drug dealers and/or users, and the lead acts like he wants out of the life but doesn't know how, or maybe he wants to take the trade over for himself? I'll never know thankfully. P.S. Best brush up on some ebonics prior to engaging.

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