Author(s): Richard Price
'So, what do you do?' Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter But now he's thirty-five years old and he's still living on the Lower East Side, still in the restaurant business, still serving the people he wanted to be. What does Eric do? He manages. Not like Ike Marcus. Ike was young, good-looking, people liked him. Ask him what he did, he wouldn't say tending bar. He was going places - until two street kids stepped up to him and Eric one night and pulled a gun. At least, that's Eric's version. In Lush Life, Richard Price tears the shiny veneer off the 'new' New York to show us the hidden cracks, the underground networks of control and violence beneath the glamour. Lush Life is an X-ray of the street from a writer whose "tough, gritty brand of social realism ...reads like a movie in prose' Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Richard Price is an awardwinning writer for the HBO series The Wire, which has been called the greatest television series of all time and has acquired a growing legion of fans. Price is an internationally bestselling author and is acclaimed by other crime and thriller writers including Dennis Lehane and James Patterson. The launch of Lush Life, along with Price's rejacketed backlist titles Clockers and Samaritan, will be backed with a striking London Underground poster campaign to hook fans of The Wire and crime fiction.
'Richard Price is the greatest writer of dialogue, living or dead, this country has ever produced. Wry, profane, hilarious and tragic, sometimes in a single line, Lush Life is his masterwork. I doubt anyone will write a novel this good for a long, long time' Dennis Lehane 'A gritty tale from a writer I really admire' James Patterson 'A visceral, heart-thumping portrait of New York City' New York Times 'Lush Life ... peels off the shiny top layer of New York to reveal the raw beating heart of the city post 9/11' Daily Mail
Richard Price is the author of seven novels, including Clockers, Freedomland and Samaritan. He won a 2007 Edgar Award for his writing on the HBO series The Wire.