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Sudhir Venkatesh's immersion into organized crime began when, clipboard in hand, he ventured into a Chicago housing project as a young sociology graduate student. He shared those experiences in his Gang Leader for a Day, one of the brightest surprises of 2008. Now this Columbia University professor and self-admitted rogue sociologist returns with a fascinating on-the-spot exploration of New York City's vast underground economy. Drawing on extensive interviews with prostitutes, madams, drug dealers, and illegal workers, he exposes a hidden realm where class, race, and neighborhoods lose their distinctness. Floating City serves as a provocative introduction to a new economy. Editor's recommendation.