Picks and Pans Review: Lush Life

updated 03/31/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/31/2008 01:00AM

by Richard Price |

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REVIEWED BY PORTER SHREVE

FICTION

A New York City bartender is shot after a night drinking with fellow aspiring artists. One tells detectives that hoodlums shot his friend for talking back, but other witnesses have a different take. Combining an uncanny sense of city life with compassionate portrayals of characters on various rungs of the social ladder, this eighth book by Price—co-writer of HBO's The Wire—proves he's one of the best urban crime writers working.

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