Clockers - Richard Price Amazing!!!

Clockers tracks the parallel stories of two men on different sides of the drug game (one a young, mid-level, crack dealer, the other a homicide cop), revolving around a murder in the fictional New Jersey Town of Dempsey. The engaging characterizations of these two men are what truly make this novel shine. From the dealer Strike (with his paranoia, orderliness, and his frustration with both his lower-level dealers and his perforated ulcer), to Detective Rocco (with his jaded outlook on is job, love for his wife and daughter, and his embarrassing obsession with pleasing a famous actor), the characters are truly vivid and feel totally genuine! The novel is probably the biggest source of inspiration for HBO's THE WIRE, if you're a big fan like myself.

But there's also so much more here. At times it's flat-out funny, it has a suspenseful mystery, and has a great dose of urban social commentary. An all-around classic and one of my favorites!