El Bronx by Jerome Charyn
New York’s children wage war on the city’s rich, with Sidel as the referee
In his years serving the people of New York, Isaac Sidel has often rescued the city from oblivion, but never has he faced anything as dangerous as the current baseball strike. The South Bronx, a wasteland of drugs, murder, and urban blight, is kept from sliding into utter chaos by Yankee Stadium’s steady stream of tourists. Every week that the strike continues and the fans stay away, the Bronx slips closer to the edge.
As the crime rate spikes, a lone bright spot remains. Alyosha, a mysterious twelve-year-old graffiti artist, paints dramatic murals to commemorate the dead. When Alyosha befriends the daughter of the lawyer representing the player’s union, Sidel sees a possible solution to the Bronx’s woes. But there is too much money in baseball for the strike to be settled peacefully. Before the season starts, more blood will stain the sidewalks of El Bronx.
“The ninth—and very possibly the best—in Charyn's amazing series. . . . [Charyn] tells his complicated story with touches of magic realism, bursts of pulp lyricism and a level of energy and imagination as high as anyone writing today.” - Chicago Tribune
“He has made that city his universe and turned it into something entirely his own. Atmosphere and language are all to Charyn.” - Washington Post
“For a couple of decades now, Jerome Charyn has been remaking the detective story.” - Washington Post Book World
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