The Whites: (titre en français)

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Au bout de la nuit
Milieu des années quatre-vingt-dix. Le jeune Billy Graves est flic au sein d'une brigade anticriminalité de l'un des pires districts du Bronx. Il fait partie d'un groupe de policiers prometteurs, les Wild Geese, et une carrière brillante lui semble assurée. Jusqu'au jour où il tire accidentellement sur un gamin. L'affaire, fortement médiatisée, lui vaut d'être mis au placard quelque temps.
Aujourd'hui, Billy est devenu chef d'une équipe de nuit du NYPD. Son quotidien : sillonner les rues de New York, de Wall Street à Harlem, pour en assurer la sécurité, même s'il sait que certains criminels passeront toujours au travers des mailles du filet. Ces derniers, il les surnomme les " whites ", ceux qui s'en sortent blancs comme neige. Chaque policier en a un qui l'obsède.
Puis vient un appel qui change tout : un meurtre a eu lieu à Penn Station. Et la victime n'est autre que le white d'un de ses anciens coéquipiers. Lorsqu'un autre white est assassiné, Billy commence à s'interroger : quelqu'un serait-il en train de régler ses comptes ? Et qui est cet homme qui, soudainement, paraît s'intéresser à sa femme et à ses enfants, au point de les suivre en filature ?
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About the author

Richard Price est né en 1949 dans le Bronx. Grand romancier de l'Amérique urbaine, il est aussi scénariste ( The Wire ; La Couleur de l'argent).

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Presses de la Cité
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Mar 24, 2016
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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.

From the Paperback edition.
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