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Random House, Inc.
The celebrated author of Clockers delivers his most compelling and accomplished novel to date.

A white woman, her hands gashed and bloody, stumbles into an inner-city emergency room and announces that she has just been carjacked by a black man. But then comes the horrifying twist: Her young son was asleep in the back seat, and he has now disappeared into the night.

So begins Richard Price's electrifying new novel, a tale set on the same turf--Dempsey, New Jersey--as Clockers. Assigned to investigate the case of Brenda Martin's missing child is detective Lorenzo Council, a local son of the very housing project targeted as the scene of the crime. Under a white-hot media glare, Lorenzo launches an all-out search for the abducted boy, even as he quietly explores a different possibility: Does Brenda Martin know a lot more about her son's disappearance than she's admitting?

Right behind Lorenzo is Jesse Haus, an ambitious young reporter from the city's evening paper. Almost immediately, Jesse suspects Brenda of hiding something. Relentlessly, she works her way into the distraught mother's fragile world, befriending her even as she looks for the chance to break the biggest story of her career.

As the search for the alleged carjacker intensifies, so does the simmering racial tension between Dempsey and its mostly white neighbor, Gannon. And when the Gannon police arrest a black man from Dempsey and declare him a suspect, the animosity between the two cities threatens to boil over into violence. With the media swarming and the mood turning increasingly ugly, Lorenzo must take desperate measures to get to the bottom of Brenda Martin's story.

At once a suspenseful mystery and a brilliant portrait of two cities locked in a death-grip of explosive rage, Freedomland reveals the heart of the urban American experience--dislocated, furious, yearning--as never before. Richard Price has created a vibrant, gut-wrenching masterpiece whose images will remain long after the final, devastating pages.

From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
An edgy young reporter and a good cop are thrust into the center of an accusation involving a hijacked car, a missing boy, and an embattled neighborhood consumed by racism, distrust, and suspects. Reprint. 50,000 first printing. (A Revolution Studios/Sony Pictures Entertainment film, written by Richard Price, direced by Joe Roth, releasing December 2005, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, & Edie Falco) (Suspense)

& Taylor

Relates an emotionally charged story of a white woman who claims her son has been kidnapped and an African American detective who suspects her of infanticide.

Publisher: [New York] : Delta, 2005
ISBN: 9780385335133
Branch Call Number: FIC Price, R 2005
Characteristics: 655 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 02, 2016

As someone who reads quite a bit of crime fiction, I found this book rather difficult to follow. The plot seems to ramble all over the place and takes a long time getting anywhere. I gave up reading it about half way through. Disappointing.

Sep 01, 2015

Great book and I don't usually read crime/thrillers. But so much more than a thriller, amazing dialogue, complex characters, wonderful writing and truth-telling insight into what it's like for the 99%.

Oct 12, 2012

Another winner from richard Price.
Could have used some serious editing for length, however. About 100 pages too long.

Dec 29, 2011

An easy read. Borrowed from Avignon library. Current and somewhat disturbing.

Dec 03, 2009

Price can write like no one else.


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