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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (234 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Lopez Narrator: Robert Lawrence Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781441818751
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Set in Philadelphia's badlands, where drug gangs rule the streets, this debut novel has the explosive authenticity, the narrative drive, and the tender passion to knock you out of your seat! Fourteen-year-old Gabriel's father skipped two years ago. Now his mother, Ofelia, is searching for her runaway son, riding her bicycle at night through the city's darkest, most violent stretch. The pavement beneath her is mysteriously painted with chalk outlines of bodies. Each time a child is killed, another white outline appears. While Ofelia tries to outrun a vision of her son's death, her son tries to outrun the neighborhood, taking cover with a drifter; but Gabriel is already trapped, at the mercy of Diablo, the ugliest of the dealers, a man who kills for fun. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debie Wisniewski Varady | 1/14/2014

    " This was a GREAT book. This book is about drugs, gangs, murder, family, love, friendship. I very much enjoyed this book although graffic at times. I highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moira | 11/9/2013

    " Fast read, interesting look at some of the urban problems plaguing Philadelphia in the 1990s (and no less today). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Belletiere | 9/29/2013

    " I first read this in grad school to use in a paper for an Ethnography class (my most favorite class). It's a good and interesting book, even more so when you can identify the exact intersections in question. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iv | 8/17/2013

    " Great fiction about a young boy that grows up in Philly. Philly, Philly!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leann | 7/29/2013

    " i would recommend this book to anyone. especially peeps that live in the north philly area "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 6/16/2013

    " This book was absolutely amazing and really an eye opener as to how some Philadelphia neighborhoods actually are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stasia | 6/15/2013

    " Dialogue and narration seemed a little shallow, but the main idea was strong enough. And, it was cool to read a book about the city I live in: to understand the geography as it was being described. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 4/25/2013

    " Grim book, but probably fairly accurate in terms of the challenges of inner city life. Glad I read it but it might not be for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 4/21/2013

    " A great read for Philadelphians. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Talia | 3/7/2013

    " There aren't many books about Philadelphia so I was excited to get to read one. But it's pretty depressing and doesn't have much hope for the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CMolieri | 2/20/2013

    " Compelling fiction based on the reality of one of the most dangerous drug corners in Philadelphia and the drug culture engulfing a group of individuals tied together for various reasons in a variety of ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 2/13/2013

    " i really enjoyed this book. maybe partially because i lived in philadelphia and could recognize a lot of the background in the story. i got caught up in the story and finished it in a few days, couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neliza Drew | 12/12/2012

    " It reminded me a lot of my students, in a good way. Very well-constructed story. Holds up, even though it's almost a decade old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 11/29/2012

    " A must read for all Philadelphians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dori Ostermiller | 3/11/2012

    " Beautiful, lyrical story. Lopez captures the gritty Philadelphia street scene with heart and grace. I loved this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 1/24/2012

    " As depressing as this book was, it was a great read. Though it's a work of fiction, the story seemed real. I wasn't a fan of the ending however, but the book was an easy read so overall, I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/14/2012

    " Very powerful. Soul wrenching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 12/26/2011

    " A colleague recommended this book to me. It gave me insight into the lives/struggles/choices of my students. Sometimes I read books as a form of escape, but this was not one of those books. The story is very close to home (literally, emotionally,...) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justine Philyaw | 11/5/2011

    " A compelling story set in Philadelphia. While it is a work of fiction, I know that there are real Gabriels, Ofelias, and Eddies living in our city. For a journalist, Lopez does a nice job writing prose. The plot moves seamlessly between the different story lines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 9/11/2011

    " Echt gutes Jugendbuch!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jewell | 7/17/2011

    " Fantastic read about urban decay and the violence that it tends to breed. What made this story even more compelling for me is that I work in the area and can only wonder how many of my students lives will end up like those portrayed by the characters in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/6/2011

    " An eerily accurate portrayal of the streets of Philadelphia. There are too many ways in which this book is meaningful to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justine | 12/16/2010

    " A compelling story set in Philadelphia. While it is a work of fiction, I know that there are real Gabriels, Ofelias, and Eddies living in our city. For a journalist, Lopez does a nice job writing prose. The plot moves seamlessly between the different story lines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dori | 7/12/2010

    " Beautiful, lyrical story. Lopez captures the gritty Philadelphia street scene with heart and grace. I loved this.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jewell | 6/20/2010

    " Fantastic read about urban decay and the violence that it tends to breed. What made this story even more compelling for me is that I work in the area and can only wonder how many of my students lives will end up like those portrayed by the characters in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 6/6/2010

    " The writing is achingly beautiful, masterful. Sad is clearly on the way.

    Finished.

    Tender yet brutal. Innocence consorts with damnation. Lovely lovely writing. I hope Steve Lopez has written more fiction since this 90s publication. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 12/28/2009

    " I first read this in grad school to use in a paper for an Ethnography class (my most favorite class). It's a good and interesting book, even more so when you can identify the exact intersections in question. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debie | 8/14/2009

    " This was a GREAT book. This book is about drugs, gangs, murder, family, love, friendship. I very much enjoyed this book although graffic at times. I highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 6/5/2008

    " A great read for Philadelphians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moira | 5/25/2008

    " Fast read, interesting look at some of the urban problems plaguing Philadelphia in the 1990s (and no less today). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 4/23/2008

    " A must read for all Philadelphians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iv | 3/12/2008

    " Great fiction about a young boy that grows up in Philly. Philly, Philly!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CMolieri | 8/22/2007

    " Compelling fiction based on the reality of one of the most dangerous drug corners in Philadelphia and the drug culture engulfing a group of individuals tied together for various reasons in a variety of ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 8/1/2007

    " A colleague recommended this book to me. It gave me insight into the lives/struggles/choices of my students. Sometimes I read books as a form of escape, but this was not one of those books. The story is very close to home (literally, emotionally,...) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leann | 8/1/2007

    " i would recommend this book to anyone. especially peeps that live in the north philly area "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 7/17/2007

    " I saw this on Katrina's list and had to add it to my own...I read this years ago, and it was impossible to put down. Besides all of the recognizable descriptions of Philadelphia, the writing is amazing. It's intense and thrilling and sad. An awesome read. "

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About the Author

Steve Lopez is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, where he first wrote a series of columns about Nathaniel Ayers. The father of three children, he currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Alison and their daughter, Caroline.