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The electrifying tale of a New York City police detective under siege—by an unsolved murder, by his own dark past, and by a violent stalker seeking revenge

Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-1990s, when a young Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an aggressive anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a ten-year-old boy while struggling with an angel-dusted berserker on a crowded street. Branded as a loose cannon by his higher-ups, Billy spent years enduring one dead-end posting after another. Now in his early forties, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan night watch, a small team of detectives charged with responding to all post-midnight felonies from Wall Street to Harlem. Mostly, his unit acts as little more than a set-up crew for the incoming shift, but after years in police purgatory, Billy is content simply to do his job.

Then comes a call that changes everything: night watch is summoned to the four a.m. fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station, and this time Billy’s investigation moves beyond the usual hand off to the day tour. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a twelve-year-old boy—a savage case with connections to the former members of the Wild Geese—the bad old days are back in Billy’s life with a vengeance, tearing apart enduring friendships forged in the urban trenches and even threatening the safety of his family.

Razor-sharp and propulsively written, The Whites introduces Harry Brandt—a new master of American crime fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "The Whites is the crime novel of the year—grim, gutsy, and impossible to put down…Call him Price or Brandt, he knows everything about police life, and plenty about friendship: what your friends do for you…and what they sometimes do to you.”

    Stephen King

  • “This is high-octane literature…The Whites manages to patrol New York and deepen our sense of the city and all its dark corners.”

    Colum McCann, New York Times bestselling author of Transatlantic

  • “Riveting…No one these days writes with more kinetic energy or more hard-boiled verve…A gripping police procedural and an affecting study in character and fate.”

    New York Times

  • The Whites is especially good at capturing New York City’s peculiar brand of violent crime.”

    Newsday

  • The Whites is full of the rich characters, spot-on dialogue, grim humor, and distinctive insights….Price is a New York writer to the core; the raw power of this great city seeps into the lives of his characters as they struggle with grief, betrayal, and shame.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Price enriches this story of a half-feral band of cops bonded by vengeance with depth, melancholy, and those famously keen eyes and ears.”

    New York magazine

  • “A gripping, gritty, Greek tragedy of cops, killers, and the sometimes blurry line between them…Price is one whale of a storyteller by any name…The author skillfully manipulates [his] multiple story lines for peak suspense, as his arresting characters careen toward a devastating final reckoning.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This is going to be a strong contender for best crime novel of 2015…With one-of-a-kind characters and settings so real you can smell them, Brandt plunges us into the chaos of domestic life, the true agony of a parent’s grief, the cost of secrets kept and revealed. He does it all with indelible phrasing that captures both the black humor of the on-the-job cop and the give-and-take of longtime married couples…The Whites isn’t about cops and killers so much as it is about the damage we all carry [and] the sins we’ve all committed.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This combination of author and narrator results in a remarkable listening experience…The superbly written text enables Ari Fliakos to bring to life a plethora of voices with an accompanying range of emotions. Whether it’s the gut-wrenching funeral, the attempts of the protagonist’s wife to maintain a semblance of normalcy when the family is under attack, or the main character’s anguish over his father’s dementia, Fliakos meticulously delivers each voice with full, rich characterizations. It’s no surprise that he continues to win awards for his narrations. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A New York Times Best Book of 2015
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