Books by Richard Price

LUSH LIFE by Richard Price
Released: March 11, 2008

"There oughta be a law requiring Richard Price to publish more frequently. Because nobody does it better. Really. No time, no way."
The method employed by Dostoevsky in Crime and Punishment serves Price's purpose—and then some—in his wrenching eighth novel (Samaritan, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
SAMARITAN by Richard Price
Released: Jan. 13, 2003

"Magnificent stuff. If Elmore Leonard broke out of genre and were 30 years younger, he'd be Richard Price."
The mastery of urban melodrama that Price demonstrated in literate blockbusters like Clockers (1992), and Freedomland (1998) keeps growing and deepening—as evidenced in his seventh novel. Read full book review >
FREEDOMLAND by Richard Price
Released: May 20, 1998

"A book that Raymond Chandler or James T. Farrell would have been proud to claim."
Another grimly convincing portrayal of inner-city despair from the multitalented author of such literate powerhouses as Bloodbrothers (1976) and Clockers (1992). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 23, 1998

"In the end, reading this book is like viewing a work of abstract modern art: You're not quite sure what it all means, but you have no doubt that something profound is in there somewhere."
A subtle, personal, and possibly overburdened interpretation of colonialism's recent impact on Martinique. Read full book review >
CLOCKERS by Richard Price
Released: May 20, 1992

"A vital and bold novel rich in unexpected pleasure, with Price generally avoiding melodrama, sentimentality, and stereotype to portray a harsh world with cleareyed compassion."
Price (The Breaks, 1982, etc.) has spent the past ten years writing for Hollywood (Sea of Love, etc.)—but you wouldn't know it from the dense textures and supple dramatics of this epic slice of urban grit about frazzled drug-dealers and burnt-out cops. Read full book review >
THE BREAKS by Richard Price
Released: Feb. 1, 1982

"And, though flabby and badly timed as a novel (the good climax comes far too late to be truly effective), this is grimly involving in fits and starts—and evidence of a stretching, growing, if problematic talent."
Price (The Wanderers, Bloodbrothers) left the Bronx behind with Ladies Man, putting all his remarkably pent-up novelistic energies onto the shoulders of increasingly articulate but shudderingly jumpy young men—the newest of which is Peter Keller, this book's narrator and (in a way) only character. Read full book review >
LADIES' MAN by Richard Price
Released: Sept. 15, 1978

Moving his Bronx characters downtown to Manhattan proves traumatic to Price (The Wanderers, Bloodbrothers); he picks up a bad case of angst. Read full book review >
BLOODBROTHERS by Richard Price
Released: March 31, 1976

"Although the characters draw their only life from the frenetic, stabbing speechways echoing down Price's mean streets, this does not diminish the validity or impact of men on the march to nowhere."
Price's short stories—The Wanderers (1974)—caught all the brave and limiting postures of an Italian teen gang of the '50's. Read full book review >
THE WANDERERS by Richard Price
Released: March 28, 1974

"This is a fine first novel — gritty, incisive, unpatronizing, authentic in its detail, able to recreate a dead era and deal with the American male myth (city-style) while somehow managing miraculously to avoid both pomposity and sentimentality."
A literary American Graffiti set in a preternaturally decaying housing project in the Bronx, circa 1962 — in retrospect an innocent era where gang wars were more likely to involve fists and rocks than knives or guns; when a girl's vagina was still relatively sacred territory; and who ever heard of the Beatles? Read full book review >