Sleepers [NOOK Book]

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This is the true story of four young boys. Four lifelong friends. Intelligent, fun-loving, wise beyond their years, they are inseparable. Their potential is unlimited, but they are content to live within the closed world of New York City's Hell's Kitchen. And to play as many pranks as they can on the denizens of the street. They never get caught. And they know they never will. Until one disastrous summer afternoon. On that day, what begins as a harmless scheme goes horribly wrong. And the four find themselves ...
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Overview

This is the true story of four young boys. Four lifelong friends. Intelligent, fun-loving, wise beyond their years, they are inseparable. Their potential is unlimited, but they are content to live within the closed world of New York City's Hell's Kitchen. And to play as many pranks as they can on the denizens of the street. They never get caught. And they know they never will. Until one disastrous summer afternoon. On that day, what begins as a harmless scheme goes horribly wrong. And the four find themselves facing a year's imprisonment in the Wilkinson Home for Boys. The oldest of them is fifteen, the youngest twelve. What happens to them over the course of that year - brutal beatings, unimaginable humiliation - will change their lives forever. Years later, one has become a lawyer. One a reporter. And two have grown up to be murderers, professional hitmen. For all of them, the pain and fear of Wilkinson still rages within. Only one thing can erase it. Revenge. To exact it, they will twist the legal system. Commandeer the courtroom for their agenda. Use the wiles they observed on the streets, the violence they learned at Wilkinson. If they get caught this time, they only have one thing left to lose: their lives.

Based on the author's own experience, Sleepers is a relentlessly gripping, shockingly irresistible chronicle of four boys' lives on the gritty streets of Hell's Kitchen and in the hellish halls of a reformatory--where two of them would be turned to lives of crime and driven to violent revenge. Movie rights sold to Propaganda Films.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Carcaterra's controversial memoir of growing up in NYC's Hell's Kitchen and as an inmate at a sadistic detention center was a PW bestseller for eight weeks. Apr.
Brad Hooper
A book with a punch equal to its publicity hype! Journalist Carcaterra tells with gripping force of his days growing up in the tough New York City neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen in the 1960s (the names have been changed to protect the innocent "and" the guilty). He and his three closest buddies engaged in petty crime until the day their tricks got out of hand and escalated into a major offense, for which they were sent to a juvenile home in upstate New York. They were tormented during their months there, not by other young inmates but by their adult guards, who brutalized them relentlessly in a program of horror and torture that included rape. Once out, once grown up, one of the boys became a lawyer, and through a bizarre twist of events worthy of being turned into a movie (in fact, the movie rights have been sold, with Barry Levinson lined up as director), he, Carcaterra, and the other two friends expose the horrible wrongs they suffered in that detention home. Both difficult to read and difficult to put down, this book will garner lots of attention, and as a result, readership demand will be high.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307756657
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/29/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 82,197
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Lorenzo Carcaterra is the author of A Safe Place: The True Story of a Father, a Son, a Murder.  He is married and has two children.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Great Read,with One Caveat........

    The book is powerful, fascinating and disturbing. Very hard to put down. Recommended, with one word of warning:

    Don't take this as a pristine work of non-fiction. After reading it for a while, I had the nagging feeling that, at the least, some "creative" license was taken with events that the author claims to have occurred. The events in the book just didn't strike me as realistic enough to be blindly trusted as documentary. I did research, and eventually found that numerous facts in the book never happened, or happened very differently. For instance, there is no record, anywhere, of any murder which resembled the killing of Sean Nokes, nor is there any record of the trial described in the book. So, if it did happen, the records have been well hidden away somewhere.

    So my advice to readers is, read the book, b/c it will hold your interest, but don't fully trust the author's assertion that it is true. Too many questions have been raised about it. Enjoy it as a possible work of "partial" fiction.

    Recommended with the aforementioned reservation.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    AWESOME

    I absolutely loved this book. It was amazing, but so sad to know that stuff like that happens. Even more sad that the kids are too scared and ashamed to say anything. Unrelated but still worth mentioning..... Some people have been saying that this story isnt true, even thought it is listed as true crime because there is no evidence that anything like that occured in the places where he said it, and there is no record of that in those places.... well for those who obviously didnt know, he tells you that he changed people's names and the places to protect the people in his book. Just trying to explain.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    MESMERIZING

    I cannot get this book out of my head. It has touched me to my core. As a mother it has shaken the trust you put in others who have authority. These were just innocent little boys making the best of a life they were dealt... then all of a sudden they had their innocence brutally stolen and were forced into understanding the cruelties of the human being long before their times. There really isn't a word to describe how this book affected me. Absolutely awestruck.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Amazing!!!!

    I watched the movie before I knew there was a book, and the movie was so good I searched for the book. Sleepers was both a great movie and book. Fact or Fiction Sleepers is the realization of how the innocence of children is taken way everyday, sad and true fact.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    A MUST READ

    THIS IS A BOOK I HAVE READ NUMEROUS TIMES. IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD HAPPEN IN WHAT HAS BEEN CONSIDERED THE 'MODERN TIMES'. IT IS UNCONCEIVABLE THAT MEN WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO HELP BOYS UNDERSTAND THEIR 'CRIMES' WOULD COMMITT CRIMES AGAINST THESE YOUNG IMPRESHIONABLE CHILDREN. I LOVE THIS BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Couldn't Put It Down

    I couldn't put the book down. To the previous review...I work in a residential home directly with kids with significant trauma histories and yes stuff like that happens, only with family members and people the kids know. Regardless of how the boys lives turned, I was rooting for them all they way. Friendship is about looking deep into some ones soul and seeing who they really are, regardless if their actions and this book let me see that. Whether it's fake or "fluffed up" I really enjoyed each of the characters. If you are in social work or social services this is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Best book yet

    This is the best book i have read so far this year and i have read a lot of book some parts hard to read never seen the movie planning to watch it soon but the book is always better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    This may be one of my all-time top five books. I'm not naive en

    This may be one of my all-time top five books. I'm not naive enough to believe that it's true, but I don't really care: it's written in a beautiful, lyrical style completely enchanted me. The story is interesting enough in itself to make the book worth reading as a fictions piece, but the author's prose is captivating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    EXCELLENT !!!

    I can't say enough about this book ! I am a very voracious reader so am therefore somewhat jaded. I consider this to be one of the best books that I have ever read. I would recommend it to anyone that has a heart. It is very well written as well as being on a subject that desperately needed to be exposed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Excellent!!!!

    This book kept me interested the whole time! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Powerful story

    I had seen the movie when it first came out and just finished reading the book. I cannot imagine what these boys went through. Mr. Carcaterra did a fantastic job telling this story. Like alot of other people, I believe this story to be 100% true. It was truly brilliant how they were able to get justice. I highly recommend reading this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Great

    This book really touched me.. what these boys went through.. i feel they did nothing wrong. Well written. Bn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    lw Wonderful book

    Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Amazing heart breaking

    I saw this movie when i was like 11 and fell in love with it i know i was very young to see a movie like this but oh well i saw it and just the other day googled and found out it was a book i just finished reading it and loved it so heart breaking the ending and really hard to get this book out of my head

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Excellent

    This was an excellent read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    GREAT read........Loved it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Sleepers

    Could not put the book down . The auther draws you into the heart of the books

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    stayed wide-awake for this one

    Just watched the movie! Now I can't wait to read the book! Usually I fall asleep the first part of a movie but did'nt on this one! I hope the book is as good as the movie!

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    great book

    omg. watch the movie its also great

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Hard to put down

    This is a memoir written like a thriller. It has everything: crime, love, lost hope, sacrifice, and redemption. I couldn't put it down, and am now anxious to see the movie.

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