The Whites

The Whites

A Novel

Book - 2015
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The electrifying tale of a New York City police detective under siege-by an unsolved murder, by his own dark past, and by a violent stalker seeking revenge.


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.

Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805093995
Branch Call Number: FIC Brand
Characteristics: 333 pages

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ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 14, 2018

New York City cops - Great characters, dialog, and plot!

ArapahoeHannah Aug 08, 2016

If you like grit and intrigue, this one's for you!

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lukasevansherman
Dec 15, 2015

Somewhat confusingly this is novelist Richard Price ("Clockers," "Lush Life") writing as Harry Brandt. I'm not sure the point of having a pen name if you tell everyone who have a pen name. Anyway, this is a tough, gritty cop thriller that builds tension well, but has some trouble with its conclusion.

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stewstealth
Dec 01, 2015

Thought the characterizations were pretty good, however the prose was only average. Reasonably well plotted and worth reading if you are interested.

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harolddarling
Sep 22, 2015

I was very disappointed, book failed to capture my imagination. "Whites" fell flat because: (1) Richard Price's sensibilities are stuck in the 90's; (2) story and characters are incomplete and vague; and (3) I couldn't tell if the book was a police procedural or an updated version of "Lush Life"

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nannerl
Aug 02, 2015

An interesting plot with a satisfying end, and it shows the human moral struggle in the grey area between right and wrong, and how far loyalty should go. Lots of New York and police jargon, which I guess was an important aspect of telling the story, but for me it required more concentration than I was willing to give it on a hot summer night.

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0007548100dmw
Jun 24, 2015

Too much "street language" and too many confusing characters. Did not finish.

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megaculpa
Jun 10, 2015

Price is a master and he's at the top of his game in The Whites. The characters are so distinctive and well drawn that reading the novel is like living and working with them. Several intersecting stories, as well, so readers are advised to dedicate some free time and immerse themselves in this book.

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looper46
Apr 27, 2015

This is the crime novel to read. Strong drama,great characters. Rates right up there with his masterpiece,"Clockers". One of America's great crime novelist, better than James Ellroy, who I really like. Read it, won't be disappointed.

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nionoff
Mar 31, 2015

Excellent police procedural with lots of dark humor reminiscent of early Joseph Wambaugh LAPD novels. This involves the NYPD. Well written, good story, highly recommended.

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