Observations on Reversionary Payments: On Schemes for Providing Annuities for Widows, and for Persons in Old Age; on the Method of Calculating the Values of Assurances on Lives; and on the National Debt. To which are Added, Four Essays on Different Subjects in the Doctrine of Life-annuities and Political Arithmetick, Volume 1

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Richard Price
Eighteen years ago, Richard Price's first novel, The Wanderers, was hailed by Hubert Selby, Jr., in the New York Times Book Review as "an outstanding work of art." Three novels and a dozen years later, Price made an equally stunning debut in Hollywood with his screenplay for The Color of Money, which was nominated for an Academy Award. And in 1989 his script for Sea of Love was widely recognized as a key to that movie's great success. But none of these accomplishments prepares us for the power and the brilliance of his new novel: with Clockers, Richard Price takes a long step forward and joins the first rank of American writers. Rocco Klein, a veteran homicide detective in a city just outside Manhattan, has lost his appetite for the wild drama of the street. When a warm June night brings yet another drug murder, Rocco has no sense that the case is anything special. A black twenty-year-old steps forward to confess, but a little digging reveals that he's never been in any kind of trouble, whereas his brother runs a crew of street-corner cocaine dealers— clockers—in a nearby housing project. Soon Rocco is sure that Victor Dunham is innocent, sure that his brother Strike is the real killer, and suddenly Rocco's hunger for the job is back.

But we know this brother, and we know Strike is not the killer. Driven and shrewd, Strike uses violence when he has to, but his primary concern is survival. He has been clocking for almost a year; if he could somehow move up to the ounce business, he might get off the street before it breaks him. But then Rocco Klein begins hounding him, and Strike's life becomes a nightmare.

At once an explosive murder mystery and a riveting portrait of two lives on a collision course, Clockers is a spectacular achievement. Richard Price has given voice to the harrowing but vital landscape of the American inner city, and this is quite simply one of the best novels in years.
Richard Price
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.
Richard Price
Eighteen years ago, Richard Price's first novel, The Wanderers, was hailed by Hubert Selby, Jr., in the New York Times Book Review as "an outstanding work of art." Three novels and a dozen years later, Price made an equally stunning debut in Hollywood with his screenplay for The Color of Money, which was nominated for an Academy Award. And in 1989 his script for Sea of Love was widely recognized as a key to that movie's great success. But none of these accomplishments prepares us for the power and the brilliance of his new novel: with Clockers, Richard Price takes a long step forward and joins the first rank of American writers. Rocco Klein, a veteran homicide detective in a city just outside Manhattan, has lost his appetite for the wild drama of the street. When a warm June night brings yet another drug murder, Rocco has no sense that the case is anything special. A black twenty-year-old steps forward to confess, but a little digging reveals that he's never been in any kind of trouble, whereas his brother runs a crew of street-corner cocaine dealers— clockers—in a nearby housing project. Soon Rocco is sure that Victor Dunham is innocent, sure that his brother Strike is the real killer, and suddenly Rocco's hunger for the job is back.

But we know this brother, and we know Strike is not the killer. Driven and shrewd, Strike uses violence when he has to, but his primary concern is survival. He has been clocking for almost a year; if he could somehow move up to the ounce business, he might get off the street before it breaks him. But then Rocco Klein begins hounding him, and Strike's life becomes a nightmare.

At once an explosive murder mystery and a riveting portrait of two lives on a collision course, Clockers is a spectacular achievement. Richard Price has given voice to the harrowing but vital landscape of the American inner city, and this is quite simply one of the best novels in years.
Richard Price
La nueva novela de Richard Price, autor de La vida fácil y ganador de un premio Edgar como guionista de la serie The Wire, relata la historia de un policía de Nueva York asediado por un asesinato sin resolver.

Novela ganadora del GERMAN CRIME PRIZE 2016

«La novela criminal del año: cruda, valiente e imposible de dejar.»
Stephen King

A sus cuarenta años, Billy Graves ocupa el puesto de sargento de policía del turno de noche en Manhattan y ya solo aspira a hacer bien su trabajo y llevar una vida sosegada al lado de su familia. Han transcurrido dos décadas desde los violentos sucesos policiales de los noventa, cuando Billy era el benjamín de una división contra el crimen del Bronx, y a pesar de que con el paso de los años la mayoría de sus antiguos compañeros acabaron por abandonar el Cuerpo, no han dejado de verse porque todos comparten una marca indeleble del pasado: cada uno de ellos lleva a sus espaldas un caso a cuyo culpable no lograron conducir ante la justicia.

Durante una noche de guardia, Billy recibe el aviso de la muerte de un hombre en una estación de trenes del centro de la ciudad. Se trata de Jeffrey Bannion, uno de aquellos criminales que quedaron impunes.

Una novela sólida que entusiasmará a los lectores de novela negra y policíaca.

Reseñas:
«Una novela policíaca magistralmente escenificada, dramatizada y escrita. [#] Combina increíbles dinámicas, una conducción irresistible y, al mismo tiempo, recoge el ritmo de la metrópolis nocturna. Lo más espectacular: los diálogos; es aquí, donde destaca que Richard Price, además de novelista, es guionista y escribe para la televisión y el cine.»
Jurado del German Crime Prize 2016

«Tuve que leer las últimas cien páginas de un tirón. Empecé fascinado y acabé profundamente emocionado.»
Stephen King

«Un thriller urbano a secas y sin complicaciones, eso es lo que quería escribir Richard Price. Pero le ha salido un policíaco de infarto: Los impunes.»
Rodrigo Fresán, ABC Cultural

«Diálogos que son pura dinamita, voluntad de estilo y sello de autenticidad estampado en cada página. Larga vida a Richard Price.»
Antonio Lozano, Cultura/s, La Vanguardia

«Price tiene una habilidad visceral para transmitir la cruda realidad del día a día del trabajo del policía, y el don para utilizar sus indagaciones.»
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

«Tiene todo aquello que hace de sus novelas algo tan maravilloso: el humor negro, el intrincado intercalado de personajes y argumento, una profunda investigación sobre el saber hacer callejero, gravedad moral, diálogos impecables y esclarecedores...»
Michael Chabon

«Los impunes es una obra maestra. [..Price se maneja con la misma soltura en el terreno del thriller, en las profundidades del perfil psicológico y, por supuesto, en la descripción literaria.»
Enrique de Hériz, El Periódico

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