Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal

Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal

by Jonathan Green
Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal

Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal

by Jonathan Green


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Nominated for an Edgar Award

“Exceptionally authentic.”—Jill Leovy, The New York Times Book Review

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Bronx had one of the country’s highest per capita homicide rates. As crack cocaine use surged, dealers claimed territory through intimidation and murder, while families were fractured by crime and incarceration. Chronicling the rise and fall of Sex Money Murder, one of the era’s most notorious gangs, reporter Jonathan Green creates a visceral and devastating portrait of a New York City borough and the dedicated detectives and prosecutors struggling to stem the tide of violence.

Drawing on years of research and extraordinary access to gang leaders, law enforcement, and federal prosecutors, Green delivers an engrossing work of gritty urban reportage. Magisterial in its scope, Sex Money Murder offers a unique perspective on the violence raging in modern-day America and the battle to end it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393357028
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 521,624
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Green is an award-winning journalist and author. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Men’s Journal, Garden and Gun, Fast Company, The Financial Times Magazine, and British GQ.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii

Act I Soundview: The Genesis of Violence

Prologue: The Roof 3

1 Li'l Gunbuster 15

2 Do Not Yield to Evil 27

3 Hit a Killer, be a Killer 41

4 The Ledger of Death 60

5 The Kids from Cozy Corner 71

6 The Birth of Sugar Shaft 85

7 Kidnapped: Blood Begets Blood 94

Act II The Rise of Sex Money Murder

1 Gold Shield #1944 113

2 Sex Money Murder 123

3 Coma 138

4 Pipelines of the Game 145

5 Money Bath 154

6 Justice 172

7 The Murder Game 179

8 Gimme the Loot 197

9 Blood 208

10 Nasty Boys 223

Act III Ultraviolence: The Fall of Sex Money Murder

1 The Fist 231

2 The Office 247

3 Thanksgiving 257

4 "Make It Reign" 270

5 Bangin' for their Rats 284

6 Myth's End 302

7 Dropping the Flag 327

8 5k 348

9 Exile 357

Epilogue: "The Streets Don't Love You" 371

Postscript 385

Acknowledgments 387

Select Bibliography 391

Index 395

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