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Fourteen-year-old Gabriel's father skipped two years ago. Now his mother, Ofelia, is searching for her runaway son, riding her bicycle at night through the city's darkest, most violent stretch. The pavement beneath her is mysteriously painted with chalk ...

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Overview

Set in Philadelphia's badlands, where drug gangs rule the streets, this debut novel has the explosive authenticity, the narrative drive, and the tender passion to knock you out of your seat!

Fourteen-year-old Gabriel's father skipped two years ago. Now his mother, Ofelia, is searching for her runaway son, riding her bicycle at night through the city's darkest, most violent stretch. The pavement beneath her is mysteriously painted with chalk outlines of bodies. Each time a child is killed, another white outline appears.

While Ofelia tries to outrun a vision of her son's death, her son tries to outrun the neighborhood, taking cover with a drifter; but Gabriel is already trapped, at the mercy of Diablo, the ugliest of the dealers, a man who kills for fun.

Gabriel's mother is searching for her runaway son in Philadelphia's badlands, where drug gangs rule the streets--where the pavement beneath her feet is painted with chalk outlines of bodies. 4 cassettes.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This hard-edged, stunning first novel is set on and around the corner of Third and Indiana in the ``Badlands'' of Philadelphia. Fourteen-year-old Gabriel Santoro has been assigned to this spot by a local drug king, Diablo, and it is here that the boy makes a small fortune by handing out crack to people in passing cars. Gabriel has run away from home, and his mother, Ofelia, aided by a sympathetic priest, is looking for him. What she doesn't know is that her son is staying with Eddie Passarelli, who needs 10 grand to pay back a mobster for the loss of a loaned truck; meanwhile, Diablo is demanding two grand from Gabriel to make up for an alleged shortage in his cash count. Money, with its awful power, is almost a separate character in this novel. Some, like Gabriel, become drug dealers to get more of it; others, like Eddie, are endangered because they don't have enough of it. Lopez (a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer ) doesn't preach, however; with brutal honesty, he alternates scenes of despair with glimmerings of hope and, even when detailing matter-of-fact violence, he writes with compassion about those trapped in a world where men like Diablo make the rules and are the arbiters of life and death. He also employs a brilliant visual image: spray-painted silhouettes that appear on North Broad Street whenever a teenager dies in a gun-related incident. It's an image that is as haunting as this tough, compelling novel. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Sept.)
Pete Hamill
"Lopez has done what Balzac, Dickens...and Dostevsky did so masterfully: he has take a torch to the back of the cave and returned to tell us what he has seen." -- The Philadelphia Enquirer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578150298
  • Publisher: Media Books, L. L. C.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Third and Indiana, A Good Early Novel

    Long before Steve Lopez moved to Los Angeles and met _THE SOLOIST, he worked in Philadelphia at the Inquirer, where THIRD AND INDIANA was born.
    The novel looks like Philly, talks like Philly, acts like Philly. Mr. Lopez knew his town, and the people in it. Although at times, the plot seems a bit forced, I can envision his characters on the streets. The situation they become involved in jump from the pages of the Inquirer. When a drug war in a bad North Philadelphia neighborhood envelopes the lives of a few of the block's teens, one is never sure who will win the fight - courageous priest, jaded cop, or the drug lord - it's worth a read to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    Read it in college and have read it over and over as an adult

    I read this book while taking a Sociology class in college. I find that I keep going back to read it over and over. I love it as do I love Steve Lopez' other books. Third & Indiana is always better than the last time I read it. This should be required reading for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    this book is outstanding because the book is based about the thing that go on in the north philadelphia section called the bad lands and i am from the badlands as a matter of fact i am from 5th and indiana and the book is so realistic to what goes on in my neihborhood an i loved the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2004

    The Eyes Of Philadelphian

    Third and Indiana, at first seemed it would turn out to be a stereotypical novel. I guess that old saying is correct,'Never judge a book by its cover.' This book was phenomenal, and so exciting to discover what would happen next; to Gagriel. I picked up to read Third and Indiana, more than I picked up my Playstation2 controller. This book carressed my heart it touched my soul. I loved this novel. Thankyou Steve Lopez.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2003

    Superb Reading, Will not be able to put down

    This was a very powerful book from the very beginning. It is one of those books that really makes you think of the family life in urban America. I recommend this book to any and everyone. I would also say to have troubled youth read this as a mandatory reading. A must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2002

    Amazing

    This book grabbed my heart from the start. I was immeadlty taken with the honesty of this book. It sheds life on horrbile, but true urban life. I cried, laughed and cheerd characters on though this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2002

    An Emotional Look at Life Through a Boy's Eyes and Unconditional Love of a Mother

    Though I picked the book up on accident, and I wasn't thrilled by the first couple pages, I found myself unable to stop reading. Steve Lopez's style of writing makes it crystal clear if not also painful as he paints the scenes of urban life on the streets. I often become emotionally attached to characters I read about, but nothing could prepare me for what I found with Gabriel. The book grabbed and twisted my insides leaving me loss for words as I laughed and yes, cried, through Gabriel's story. This is a must for all.

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