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Joseph SalvatoreWith an acute ear for dialogue and the poetry of the street, Burgess…gives us the pizzerias and bodegas, playgrounds and schoolyards, barbershops and bowling alleys of his home turf. His is a cliché-free depiction of gritty urban reality, reminiscent of Richard Price. But Burgess's city novel is less Clockers than Portrait of the Artist as an Ambivalent Drug Dealer, less an inner-city whodunit than an outer-borough how-will-he-do-it.
—The New York Times