Third and Indiana: A Novel

Third and Indiana: A Novel

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Third and Indiana: A Novel by Steve Lopez, Penguin USA Paper

In the Philadelphia neighborhood known as the Badlands, drug gangs rule absolutely. Each time a life is lost in the carnage of the local drug wars, a boldly drawn chalk outline of a body appears on the street leading up to City hall: a teenaged dealer, a priest, a little girl with a jump rope. Ofelia Santoro rides her bicycle through the dark, decaying streets, looking for her fourteen-year-old-son, Gabriel. She’s afraid of what she might find. Gabriel has fallen in with the most savage of the drug dealers, but now wants to get out—if he can. In this gritty, fast-moving novel, acclaimed Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Steve Lopez brings home the violence that is scarring America’s vast urban wastelands, and the humanity that might save them.

“An unfancy prose is streaked by strong, cinematic images . . . Lopez aims to prick consciences, in the tradition of the documentary novelist, and he does so with considerable style.”—The Daily Telegraph
“Lopez has done what Balzac, Dickens . . . and Dostoevsky did so masterfully: he has taken a torch to the back of the cave and returned to tell us what he has seen.” –Pete Hamill, The Philadelphia Inquirer 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140239454
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 300,658
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Steve Lopez is the author of several books, including The Sunday Macaroni Club and The Soloist. In 2009, The Soloist was made into a movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. Lopez is a columnist with the Los Angeles Times and lives in California.

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Third and Indiana 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
phillymysterious More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.