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Crook Manifesto : Fast, fun, ribald  Sunday Times - Colson Whitehead

Crook Manifesto

Fast, fun, ribald Sunday Times

By: Colson Whitehead

Paperback | 25 July 2023 | Edition Number 1

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From two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead comes the thrilling and entertaining sequel to Harlem Shuffle

1971 - Trash is piled on the streets, crime is at a record high, and the city is careening towards bankruptcy. A shooting war has broken out between the NYPD and the Black Liberation Army. Ray Carney, furniture-store owner and ex fence, is trying to keep his head down, his business up, and his life on the straight and narrow. His only immediate need is Jackson 5 tickets for his daughter May, so what harm could it do to hit up Munson, his old police contact and fixer extraordinaire? And suddenly, staying out of the game becomes more complicated - and deadly. When one of Ray's tenants is badly injured in a fire, he enlists the enduringly violent Pepper to look into how it started, leading the duo to battle their way through a crumbling metropolis run by the shady, the violent and the utterly corrupt.

In scalpel-sharp prose and with unnerving clarity and wit, Colson Whitehead writes about a city that runs on cronyism, threats, ego, ambition, incompetence and even, sometimes, pride. Crook Manifesto is a kaleidoscopic portrait of Harlem, and a searching portrait of how families work in the face of indifference, chaos and hostility.
Industry Reviews
Whitehead's latest book, Harlem Shuffle, finds its centre of gravity in Harlem, New York, transporting readers to the precipice of the civil rights movement in the late 1950s and early 1960s, a moment when Harlem uprisings were remaking the literal and political landscape. From here he crafts a brilliant crime novel that doubles as a meditation on the nature of black geography . . . It is Carney's effort to reconcile the straight and the crooked, the desire to strive for a home on the river, and the pull of the criminal underbelly, that propels the book forward - Financial Times on HARLEM SHUFFLE

Gloriously entertaining . . . a zingy social drama, that combines flights of high comedy with reflections on the nature of black self-help and black empowerment in America. A more purely enjoyable novel is unlikely to emerge this year - Evening Standard on HARLEM SHUFFLE

Colson Whitehead's dazzling new thriller . . . In Harlem Shuffle, Whitehead flexes his literary muscles further, extending the boundaries and expectations of crime writing. The book is also a social drama interrogating the nature of prejudice and how an environment limits ambition - Guardian, Book of the Day on HARLEM SHUFFLE

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