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Colbert I. King…those of us who spend time tracking violence and its impact on every aspect of life in urban America—as well as anyone with an ounce of humanity—ought to be thrilled to see a book like Wrong Place, Wrong Time come along. It looks beyond the gunplay, offering a window on urban violence by putting faces with the cold statistics and presenting stories in the victims' own words. The author, John A. Rich…comes to the subject from the vantage point of having worked on the problem at ground zero. As a primary-care physician at Boston City Hospital, known for its care of poor folks, especially those of color, Rich saw the wounds and scars of young black patients at the height of the time when shooting victims were arriving at the emergency room with the regularity of sunrise. Although set in Boston, Wrong Place, Wrong Time could have been written about young black men in Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago or Los Angeles.
—The Washington Post