by Richard Price
This one is a New York City police drama, where a drunk white guy gets shot and the detectives scramble to find the suspect. It's definitely more engaging than that simple story line -- Price gives the reader detailed portraits of the shooter, the detective, the grieving father, the bystander, the neighborhood. It almost reads like a mystery novel, even though early on you know who the perpetrator is. Maybe it's like watching an episode of The Wire? I don't know, I've never seen that show. It's a good summer read.
4 out of 5