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Author: Harry Brandt, Richard Price Narrator: Ari Fliakos Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781427213150
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The Whites is the electrifying debut of a new master of American crime fiction, Harry Brandt—the pen name of novelist Richard Price

Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy while stopping an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded as a cowboy by his higher-ups, for the next eighteen years Billy endured 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 night-time felonies from Wall Street to Harlem.

Night Watch usually acts a set-up crew for the day shift, but when Billy is called to a 4:00 a.m. fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station, his investigation of the crime moves beyond the usual handoff. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a 12-year-old boy—a brutal 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.

Richard Price, one of America's most gifted novelists, has always written brilliantly about cops, criminals, and New York City. Now, writing as Harry Brandt, he is poised to win a huge following among all those who hunger for first-rate 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

  • THE WHITES is the crime novel of the year—grim, gutsy, and impossible to put down. I had to read the final 100 pages in a single sitting. I began being fascinated, and ended being deeply moved. 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

  • Whether you call it a crime novel or a mystery novel or a giraffe with polka dots is largely irrelevant—THE WHITES is, simply put, a great American novel. Dennis Lehane
  • This is high-octane literature, with the best of Richard Price and his souped-up pseudonym Harry Brandt. Price/Brandt gets to the heart of those stories that everyone else refuses to tell. The Whites manages to patrol New York and deepen our sense of the city and all its dark corners. Colum McCann 
  • “Richard Price isn’t fooling anybody with this Harry Brandt business; only he could have written The Whites. It has everything that makes his novels so wonderful—the dark humor, the intricate interleaving of character and plot, the deep research into the science of the streets, the moral gravity and the flawless, magical dialogue. Indeed the only credible thing to be said about Harry Brandt is that he has written one of Richard Price’s best books yet. Michael Chabon

  • “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.”


  • 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.”


  • 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
  • Among shortlisted titles for L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for Best Books of the Year, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for Washington Post Best Books of the Year, 2015

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About the Author

Richard Price is the author of six previous novels, including the national bestsellers Freedomland and Clockers, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1999 he received a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in Best American Essays 2002, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, New Yorker, Esquire, Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. He has also written numerous screenplays, including Sea of Love, Ransom, and The Color of Money. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.

About the Narrator

Ari Fliakos is an actor with experience in television, radio, film, theater, and voice-overs. He has earned four Earphones Awards, and his narration of Seth Patrick’s Reviver won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration for paranormal fiction. On screen, he is best-known for his roles in Law & Order, Pills, and Company K.