Lush Life reads like a giant, sprawling episode of your favorite fast-talking police procedural, with type breaks and metaphors standing in for jump cuts and sweeping crane-mounted pans across the city skyline. Much more in line with The Wire (for which Richard Price wrote several episodes) than Law and Order, Price is obviously concerned with deeper ideas about the nature of the city, gentrification, and the intersections of race and class, and Lush Life both succeeds and suffers for it. Many readers will come to this novel wanting Price to walk a fine line, hoping to find either a masterful work of crime fiction that transcends the genre or a finely crafted novel shot through with a thrilling dose of crime drama. Despite all the rave reviews in major publications, I can't help thinking that readers from both camps are going to be disappointed. I know ...
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