This novel is a gritty examination of urban decay in America, focusing on the intertwined lives of a young drug dealer and a burnt-out homicide detective in a fictional New Jersey city. The story provides a stark depiction of the drug trade, exploring the desperation, violence, and moral complexities that come with it. The narrative alternates between the perspectives of the two main characters, offering a nuanced view of the challenges they face in their respective roles within the community.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 49th on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
- 84th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)