Third and Indiana

Third and Indiana

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
A searing look at despair, passion, and hope in the drug-infested Badlands of Philadelphia tells of Ofelia's desperate search for her missing fourteen-year-old son, Gabriel, who is at the mercy of a sadistic dealer. A first novel. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Someone is painting bodies on Philadelphia's Broad Streetone more boldly drawn chalk outline every time another life is lost to the violence of the drug wars. A sixteen-year-old dealer; a priest; a nine-year-old girl. The images pile through the summer and fall, moving closer each day to the doorstep of City Hall.
Ofelia Santoro rides her bicycle over the bodies and through the dark, decaying streets of the neighborhood known to police as the Badlands. She is looking for her fourteen-year-old son, Gabriel, who disappeared a month earlier. His father skipped two years ago, and she's been losing her boy ever since.
Gabriel got his first job when he was twelve, as a lookout, spotting cops for the coke sellers working the car trade. Now he's a dealer himself, the youngest guy in the Black Cap gang, holding down the most dangerous corner and hiring his own lookouts. He feels guilty getting kids involved the same way he got involved, but he needs them, or he'll be caught.
Gabriel tries to outrun the neighborhood, taking cover with a drifter who is the father he might have had. But Gabriel is already trapped, at the mercy of Diablo, the ugliest of the dealers, a man who kills for fun.
Steve Lopez's plot, dialogue, and pacing are masterful. With searing precision, he portrays a world of evil so routine that its seems inevitable. Yet Lopez endows his characters with such humanity that redemption and radiance lighten this darkness. Third and Indiana is an extraordinarily compelling and powerful debut.

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Tells of Ofelia Santoro's desperate search for her missing fouteen-year-old son, Gabriel, who has become a member of the Black Caps, a gang of drug pushers

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1994
ISBN: 9780670856763
Branch Call Number: FIC Lo 1994
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 24 cm


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