Anyone into 'The Wire', and Lee Child fans, check out 'Lush Life' by Richard Price, who wrote some episodes for 'The Wire'.
Brilliant Lower East Side crime writing, evokes the neighbourhood of the old Jewish delicatessens (send a salami to your boy in the army) and the new gentrification going on there alongside the project housing, and how they interact. Very clever the way the plot is revealed , and the central character Eric is a masterpiece of modern living.
It should be put in paperback by now, you wont be able to put it down.
Rob, I can lend u a copy of the hardback. I was gifted it by a friend who knew i was a Wire fan. I had a problem with it - found it wildly overlong and overwritten. Same problem I had with Price's Clockers. I loved his first book The Wanderers but his move to epic format does not sit well with me. Unlike Maggie I struggled my way through it but I always find big novels hard work so perhaps the failings are more mine than the author's.