Crook manifesto : a novel / Colson Whitehead, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
It's 1971. Crime is at an all-time high., the city is careening toward bankruptcy, and a shooting war has broken out between the NYPD and the Black Liberation Army. Amid this collective nervous breakdown furniture store owner and ex-fence Ray Carney tries to keep his head down and his business thriving. His days moving stolen goods around the city are over--until he needs Jackson 5 tickets for his daughter and decides to hit up his old police contact, Munson, fixer extraordinaire. But Munson has his own favors to ask of Carney and staying out of of the game gets a lot more complicated--and deadly. 1973. The counterculture has created a new generation, but there is one constant--Pepper, Carney's endearingly violent partner in crime. It's getting harder to put together a reliable crew for hijackings, heists, and assorted felonies, so Pepper takes on a side gig doing security on a Blaxploitation shoot in Harlem. He finds himself in a freaky world of Hollywood stars, comedians, and celebrity drug dealers, in addition to the usual cast of hustlers, mobsters, and hit men. These adversaries underestimate the seasoned crook--to their regret. 1976. Harlem is burning, block by block, while the whole country is gearing up for Bicentennial celebrations. When a fire severely injures one of Carney's tenants, he enlists Pepper to look into who may be behind it. Our crooked duo have to battle their way through a crumbling metropolis run by the shady, the violent, and the utterly corrupted. Crook Manifesto is a darkly funny tale of a city under siege, but also a sneakily searching portrait of the meaning of family. Colson Whitehead's kaleidoscopic portrait of Harlem is sure to stand as one of the all-time great evocations of a place and time. -- Provided by publisher.
- ISBN: 9780593455579
- ISBN: 0593455576
- Physical Description: 9 audio discs (11 hr.) ; 4 3/4 in.
- Edition: Unabridged.
- Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 
- Copyright: ©2023
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Read by Dion Graham.
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