The Whites

The Whites

Richard Price Harry Brandt / Aug 19, 2019

The Whites The electrifying debut of a new master of American crime fiction Harry Brandt the pen name of novelist Richard Price Back in the run and gun days of the mid s when Billy Graves worked in the South

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  • The electrifying debut of a new master of American crime fiction, Harry Brandt the pen name of novelist Richard Price.Back in the run and gun days of the mid 90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anti crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10 year old boy while stopping an angel dusted berserker in the streThe electrifying debut of a new master of American crime fiction, Harry Brandt the pen name of novelist Richard Price.Back in the run and gun days of the mid 90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anti crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10 year old boy while stopping an angel dusted berserker in the street Branded as a cowboy by his higher ups, for the next eighteen years Billy endured one dead end posting after another Now in his early forties, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, a small team of detectives charged with responding to all night time felonies from Wall Street to Harlem.Night Watch usually acts a set up crew for the day shift, but when Billy is called to a 4 00 a.m fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station, his investigation of the crime moves beyond the usual handoff And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a 12 year old boy a brutal case with connections to the former members of the Wild Geese the bad old days are back in Billy s life with a vengeance, tearing apart enduring friendships forged in the urban trenches and even threatening the safety of his family.Richard Price, one of America s most gifted novelists, has always written brilliantly about cops, criminals, and New York City Now, writing as Harry Brandt, he is poised to win a huge following among all those who hunger for first rate crime fiction.

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        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Also writes under the pen name Harry BrandtA self described middle class Jewish kid, Price grew up in a housing project in the northeast Bronx Today, he lives in New York City with his family.Price graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1967 and obtained a BA from Cornell University and an MFA from Columbia He also did graduate work at Stanford He has taught writing at Columbia, Yale, and New York University He was one of the first people interviewed on the NPR show Fresh Air when it began airing nationally in 1987 In 1999, he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.Price s novels explore late 20th century urban America in a gritty, realistic manner that has brought him considerable literary acclaim Several of his novels are set in a fictional northern New Jersey city called Dempsy In his review of Lush Life 2008 , Walter Kirn compared Price to Raymond Chandler and Saul Bellow.Price s first novel was The Wanderers 1974 , a coming of age story set in the Bronx in 1962, written when Price was 24 years old It was adapted into a movie in 1979, with a screenplay by Rose and Philip Kaufman and directed by the latter.Clockers 1992 was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award It has been praised for its humor, suspense, dialogue, and characterizations In 1995, it was made into a movie directed by Spike Lee Price and Lee shared writing credits for the screenplay.Price has written numerous screenplays, of which the best known are The Color of Money 1986 , for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Life Lessons the Martin Scorsese segment of New York Stories 1989 , Sea of Love 1989 , Mad Dog and Glory 1992 , Ransom 1996 , and Shaft 2000 He also wrote for the HBO series The Wire Price was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the fifth season of The Wire He is often cast in cameo roles in the films he writes.Price also wrote and conceptualized the 15 minute film surrounding Michael Jackson s Bad video.Additionally, he has published articles in the The New York Times, Esquire Magazine, The New Yorker, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and others.


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    1. This being Richard Price, whatever it says on the cover – we’ll get to that in a moment – I thought I’d better keep a note of the characters just to try to get them straight in my mind, I knew there’d be a whole phalanx of them, detectives, perps, victims, family members, ex-family members, ex-detectives, witnesses, slingers, dog walkers, sex workers, hopheads – so here’s the list I madeBilly GravesJoonEmmett ButterGene FeeleyAlice StupakRoger MayoRollie Towers Aka The WheelTheodor [...]


    2. For whatever reason, the acclaimed novelist Richard Price, author of Clockers and Lush Life, among other books, decided to write this novel as "Harry Brandt." He must have changed his mind in mid-stream, however, because the fiction of the pen name didn't even last until the pub date and, in consequence, both names appear on the cover.Whatever the case, The Whites is among the absolute best crime novels of the year. The main protagonist is a middle-aged New York City detective named Billy Graves [...]


    3. Years ago, I was blown away by the urban crime epic Clockers and I swore to read everything that author Richard Price had ever written. I got caught up in discovering new authors and (other than reading Samaritan and enjoying it) I've sadly been neglecting his work. I'm kicking myself now because this latest book, The Whites, is wonderful. He wrote it as Harry Brandt, a sort-of-pseudonym that he reportedly used because he wanted to write a more straight-up short cop thriller than Price normally [...]


    4. Richard Price is something of a wonder. Word on the avenue is that he wrote this under the pseudonym Harry Brandt hoping a popular pot-boiler would bring in some fast cash while he could keep his street cred as a literatteur. It is kind of laughable when you see what he did with the form. His characters have motivations so deep we can cut loose our therapists, the plotting is so intense and detailed I needed a name map, and his language is so fly I learned on the job. Nah, this is like no pot-bo [...]


    5. 5★The best. World-weary, damaged cops, despicable criminals, innocent children. And everything we need to know to fill in the gaps and connect the dots that string them all tightly together. Brandt (Price) is sparing with his language. Nothing unnecessary, just what we need to know. Incidentally, not all questions have question marks, and I never missed them.A co-worker:“There was a light rapping at the front door; then Alice Stupak, five-four but built like a bus, eased into the apartment, [...]


    6. Top Notch EntertainmentThe Hook My GR friend Trish’s recommendation with her review of The Whites. Read her review and just try not to add this book to your TBR pile. Bet you can’t resist. Trish’s ReviewThe Line “Hey,” Pavlicek held on, “what’s the most bullshit word in the English language.” “Closure.” “Give that man a cigar,” Pavlicek said, then hung up.”The Sinker – After reading Trish’s review I knew I was in, hook, line and sinker. So much so that now I’m a b [...]


    7. This is an excellent novel; gritty plot, colourful characters, sharp dialogue! Harry Brandt (aka Richard Price) spins an excellent tale of five detectives, four now retired or in other careers, who formed a tight brotherhood in the Bronx during the 1990s, doing old fashioned good police work. Each of them is still haunted by a 'white', someone they were unable to put away for a dreadful crime. Billy Graves is the only one of the original pack still in the police, working the night shift in Manha [...]


    8. While I have never read anything by Richard Price, AKA Harry Brandt for this book, his reputation certainly precedes him and this latest novel, The Whites, has definitely made me a fan wanting to read more of his work. Although this police procedural could be a quick read for the story alone, I took my time enjoying his writing style, the essence of his characters, and his way of building a plot brick by captivating brick. It is one of the best books of this genre I have read in a long time.In t [...]


    9. An amazing book. So well written, characters fully fleshed out. Someone else called this a gritty, realistic book and that's a spot on description. Really sorry to see this one end.


    10. Powerful. Gripping. Emotional. Haunting. What a great introduction to Price's writing. The Whites follows the stories of a handful of police detectives haunted by the perpetrator who got away with it - the evidence wasn't there for a courtroom but they know this is the guy. They can feel it in their bones, hear it in their nightmares. That's the great white fish that got away. This is the story of men and women haunted by their pasts, by things they did, or failed to do. It is the story of peopl [...]


    11. Rating 4 StarsAlthough I have read a great number of police procedurals in the past and stories that feature detectives as their main characters, this book was still different from anything I have read before. I was not influences by the prior work of the author, as I have not read any of Richard Price's well known novels yet. But I now have no doubt what has drew readers to his work over the years.Although the book lacked the "Boom!" of the big reveal to me and wasn't fill with many "Aha" momen [...]


    12. Well, here's the best crime novel I'm going to read this year. "It was turning out to be another nothing of a tour, the only job so far a four a.m. outdoor scene in the West Village, where a home owner had been shot by his lawn mower while cutting the backyard . . . By the time Billy and Stupak made it to the scene - shots fires was shots fired- Emergency Services was already combing the yard for stray ordnance and some joker had handcuffed the high-end mower to a lamppost."I read this page at l [...]


    13. Firstly I've got to point out that I'm a big fan of Richard Price's previous novels and was really looking forward to reading 'The Whites', which he has written under the pen name 'Harry Brandt' for whatever reason, I'm not sure. The novel tells the story of Billy Graves, an NYPD Detective working the Manhattan Night Watch, which is basically a team of detectives who handle all the serious crime that happens throughout the night until their respective Precinct Detectives come on duty the followi [...]


    14. New York City is my favourite place in the world. Every time I miss it but am unable to visit I always pick up a book I hope will put me back on those streets. Richard Price never fails to take me there. As usual Price demands your attention packing this full of layered characters and gripping storylines. Also recommend watching The Night Of, Price's latest collaboration with HBO. No one does NYC crime mysteries like he does.


    15. All of Richard Price's skills are on show in this brilliant crime novel. His sense of place, cracking dialogue and colourful characterisation. If you enjoyed THE WIRE, you'll love this story of revenge, redemption and the scars that never go away.


    16. the main reason why i read richard price is the language. it electrifies me. One forty-five A.M. The sound of tires rolling over a side street full of shattered light bulbs was like the sound of Jiffy Pop achieving climax, the aftermath of a set test between the Skrilla Hlll Killaz from the Coolidge Houses and the Stack Money Goons from the Madisons, four kids sent to St. Luke's for stitches, one with a glass shard protruding from his cornea like a miniature sail. Where they got all the light bu [...]


    17. Brandt lures readers with his raw style and no-holds barred approach to life as a member of the NYPD. Billy Graves has been on he job for a number of years, following in his father's footsteps. Early in his career, the younger Graves befriends number of young cops looking to make a difference and seeking justice on the rough and tumble streets. They refer to themselves as the Wild Geese and become as close to Graves as his actual family. Over the years, the Wild Geese spoke of the 'Whites', thos [...]


    18. Down the same NYC-area mean streets w Richard Price/Harry Brandt where the debris is heavy plotting and subplots. He always writes of what he thinks he knows, which is now a problem. Passed to me by a chum, I found it overwritten like a script treatment for a movie I will skip. He often gets critical nods, but, too often, he's a nod-off.


    19. "Clockers" by Richard Price, is one of the ten best books I've ever read in my life. It is Dostoevskian in its depth, a remarkable urban drama made all the more remarkable by the fact that Price, a white man, was able to so authentically render the lives of young, black drug dealers in a way that seemed entirely believable. I also enjoy the author's earlier, rawer books that show the seamy lives of lower-class "ethnics" surviving and fighting in the Five Burroughs, a la Hubert Selby or Sol Yuric [...]


    20. This will probably satisfyHarry Brandt Richard Price fans jonesing for a double shot of his brand of gritty crime verité. Does he cover new ground here, though? Not particularly. I felt like I read versions this NYPD cop-centric yarn in several other Price-penned forms, most better than this. Lots of hand wringing presaging blustery moralizingto do the right thing that ultimately doesn't amount to much. (And why oh why do authors feel compelled to use pseudonyms midway through an established ca [...]


    21. I heard the author on NPR and thought it sounded like my kind of book. I was wrong. I can not believe this book is less than 400 pages long. It felt endless. The basic plot is solid, but holy needs an editor, Batman. It took the story ages to get started and then even longer to get where it was going. The pacing was just incredibly slow and it caused my interest in the story to wane more and more as a pretty straightforward tale dragged toward a somewhat anticlimactic ending.


    22. There is just nothing like a Richard Price novel. There's nothing like the worn out characters, the rhythm of real dialogue, the point when reading it where you know that this isn't going to end well for anyone. His books are so artfully done that if he wasn't labeled as a genre author he'd be celebrated as a genius. The Whites is not a departure at all, rather it's one of his best. Not quite as grand in scale as LUSH LIFE, but as good a depiction of a cop's day-to-day life as Price has ever don [...]


    23. Excellent book from Richard Price (writing as Harry Brandt) about the former members of a police unit known as the "Wild Geese" and their never-ending battle to deal with their "whites", the criminals who got away with a serious crime on their watch. This story is taut, tough and true, bringing vivid characters to life and exploring the bonds between cops who have more secrets than you can shake a stick at. I've read reviews complaining about wordy sentences and too many characters. Don't see it [...]


    24. Milton Ramos and Billy Graves are heading for an epic confrontation. Both are 20-year police detectives with family problems, and both are in the middle of a moral crisis. Bad guys from the detectives' pasts, who the detectives feel should have been killed or imprisoned for life, are haunting them. The legal system that both policemen work with let these terrible people go free. Unfortunately for the cops, each of these particular cases are the one case each man has not been able to forget ever [...]


    25. A gritty, intense book by one of the writers on the BEST TV SHOW EVER (The Wire = duh). An amazing book that is as hard to put down as it is difficult to read. This is a picture of urban crime that hones into the seedy core - forget the sanitized "bad guys get it in the end" routine we're so used to. This is intense, layered, and conflicted throughout. I can't wait to read more.


    26. “They all reminded me of Ahab . . . looking for their whales” — the “Whites” of the title in Richard Price’s disturbing new novel about NYPD cops out of control.The Wild Geese are a tightly knit cluster of five dedicated New York police officers, each one with his (or her) own White — a felon “who had committed criminal obscenities on their watch and then walked away untouched by justice.” Billy Graves is the only one of the White Geese still on the job. Because his diligence a [...]


    27. In the mid-90s, Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of a special anti-crime unit. He made headlines when he accidently shot a ten year old boy, emotionally scarring Billy and damaging his career. Eighteen years later, Billy has finally become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch. The Whites follows the life as Billy Graves as he gets a 4:00 am slashing of a man at Penn Station. However The Whites is much more than a police procedural, rather it covers the life of the people in working [...]


    28. A literary police procedural that focuses on old, unresolved cases of a group of NYC police. Billy Graves, a NYC detective, works the night shift and is haunted by an unresolved case. He is friends with a group of former and current cops who also have unresolved cases. The cops all know the individuals who committed these crimes, but were unable to arrest them and get the perpetrators convicted. Then one by one the criminals are killed. Who is doing the killing? Billy thinks it may be his friend [...]


    29. Richard Price is my favorite crime author writing today. His books consistently hit the all too rare sweet spot between excellent writing with characters who haven't drunkenly stumbled out a bad soap opera, and a nice gory thrilling murder spree. The whites follows a middle manager of the NYPD midnight to 5 am shift as his former units moby dicks get bumped off and things go awry for his family. If you enjoy a thriller, I cannot recommend this book more highly perfect for airplanes, naps, and al [...]


    30. I don't know if I think this was one of the best books of last year, but for literary crime fiction, I enjoyed it a lot. The characters and plot reminded me a lot of Tana French's Broken Harbor, though in NYC and a lot more "hard-boiled", or something. This has a complex plot, with emotional twists, and a pretty solid resolution.


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