Freedomland

Freedomland

Book - 1998
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In 1998, Richard Price returned to the gritty urban landscape of his national bestseller Clockers to produce Freedomland , a searing and unforgettable novel about a hijacked car, a missing child, and an embattled neighborhood polarized by racism, distrust, and accusation.   Freedomland hit bestseller lists from coast to coast, including those of the Boston Globe , USA Today and Los Angeles Times ; garnered universally rave reviews; and was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the Imus American Book Award and as a New York Times Notable Book.  On May 11, this highly lauded bestseller is available in paperback for the first time.

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.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 1998.
ISBN: 9780440226444
0440226449
9780767900249
0767900243
Characteristics: 546 p. ;,24 cm.

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schotodd
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.

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gratitude1
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%.

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toby65
Oct 12, 2012

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

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RONALD NEWTON
Dec 29, 2011

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

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Ross_Paterson
Dec 03, 2009

Price can write like no one else.

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