CFA Master Class: Richard Price
Tuesday February 23, 2016
Richard Price needs no introduction. One of great novelists of our time to capture city life in all its beauty, complications and mess in such masterful best selling novels as The Wanderers, Clockers, and Lush Life. It’s hard to think of another writer today with such a command of language and the vernacular, evidenced in his brilliant television and movie work, a screenplay for The Color of Money and writing for The Wire. Price joined the Crime Fiction Academy for a Master Class in writing and a discussion of his latest work.
“As unstoppable as a train coming through a tunnel… [Price] manages to give the story a fierce momentum, one that makes putting this book aside to sleep or eat or do anything else very difficult… This book literally interrupted my professional and personal life. Once in, I had to stay in and stick with it to the end.” —Michael Connelly, The New York Times Book Review
About The Whites
Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-1990s, when a young Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an aggressive anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a ten-year-old boy while struggling with an angel-dusted berserker on a crowded street. Branded as a loose cannon by his higher-ups, Billy spent years enduring one dead-end posting after another. Now in his early forties, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, a small team of detectives charged with responding to all post-midnight felonies from Wall Street to Harlem. Mostly, his unit acts as little more than a set-up crew for the incoming shift, but after years in police purgatory, Billy is content simply to do his job.
Then comes a call that changes everything: Night Watch is summoned to the four a.m. fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station, and this time Billy’s investigation moves beyond the usual handoff to the day tour. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a twelve-year-old boy—a savage case with connections to the former members of the Wild Geese—the bad old days are back in Billy's life with a vengeance, tearing apart enduring friendships forged in the urban trenches and even threatening the safety of his family.
Razor-sharp and propulsively written, The Whites introduces Harry Brandt—a new master of American crime fiction.
Richard Price is the author of eight previous novels—including The Wanderers, Clockers, Freedomland, and Lush Life—all of which have won universal praise for their vividly etched portrayals of urban America. He also wrote several episodes of The Wire, the acclaimed HBO series. The Whites is the first novel he’s written under the pen name Harry Brandt. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, the novelist Lorraine Adams.