Dealers

Dealers

by Peter Madsen
     
 

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"The criminal class is a more exact cross-section of humanity than any trade could be." –Luc Sante, interview by The Believer
 
Weed, coke, heroin, molly, promethazine, crack, PCP, LCD, opium, hashish, mushrooms, and countless other illicit substances flood the streets of New York City where they are consumed as quickly as they…  See more details below

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"The criminal class is a more exact cross-section of humanity than any trade could be." –Luc Sante, interview by The Believer
 
Weed, coke, heroin, molly, promethazine, crack, PCP, LCD, opium, hashish, mushrooms, and countless other illicit substances flood the streets of New York City where they are consumed as quickly as they can be delivered. The War on Drugs may have been declared in 1971, but the numbers are in and the government’s $1.5 trillion war has done little to nothing to kink the flow of drugs in America. In New York City the NYPD has even instated a Stop and Frisk policy that, since its 2002 inception, has resulted in millions of New Yorkers being unconstitutionally stopped and searched. This controversial policy has heightened the danger for the city’s intrepid drug dealers, who brave all weather and police-profiling to meet their customers' insatiable desires. Add on the constant threat of violence and robbery, and it is arguably the most high-risk yet lucrative time to be a NYC dealer. Demand never ceases to grow, and where there is demand, there will always be plenty of outlaw capitalists willing to step up and supply.

For Dealersstreet reporter Peter Madsen set out across New York City—from staid Gramercy residences to bleak homeless hangouts; grimy Bushwick bike messenger bars and tony Park Avenue penthouses—to interview this particular criminal class. Through anonymous one-on-one interviews with an alarmingly wide host of subjects (including a transient heroin-addict supporting his habit, cute art-school girls running a weed lounge, a connection-ready concierge, fixed-gear weed couriers, stick-up kids, and a couple lawyers who deal on the side), Madsen extracts un-glamorized, sometimes hilarious, and always nuanced accounts of the navigators of New York City's expansive drug underworld.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Dealers hooks a reader with its seedy content, but it's the gradual unfolding of Madsen himself as a central character that carries the reader through it...an addictive read about addictive personalities, [it] ends up a more interesting survey of New York ingenuity."
-New York Daily News

"By way of bicycle, Madsen learned the ins and outs of neighborhoods across all boroughs, interacting with people of all walks of life...[he] lets the interviewee set the tone and paint the picture - one that is as often enchanting and intimidating as it is laughable and relatable"
-Cool Hunting

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576876558
Publisher:
powerHouse Books
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
152
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

A native Minnesotan born to a Swede and a Wisconsinite, Peter Madsen lives in Brooklyn. A longtime contributor to Thrasher magazine, the bicycle messenger works in Manhattan, where he has conduced over 250 on-the-spot interviews with New Yorkers, largely panhandlers, for his ongoing “Word on the Street New York” project. He spent his entire advance for this book on a gold chain. He loves your cat.

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