Crook Manifesto: A Novel


by Colson Whitehead

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Colson Whitehead does it again with this entertaining jaunt through sumptuously seedy 1970s Harlem, New York. Former small-time criminal Ray Carney has committed to an honest life and is focused on his thriving furniture store business—until he needs a favor and hits up his old police contact, Munson, for help. But Munson has his own agenda for Carney and soon, staying out of the game gets a lot more complicated. Whitehead brilliantly reimagines the gritty world of 1970s NYC (filled with drug dealers, mobsters, hustlers, and crooked cops) and a man attempting to stay on the straight and narrow. But Ray says it best: “Crooked stays crooked, and bent hates straight.”

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