Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal by Jonathan GreenIn the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Bronx had one of the country’s highest per capita homicide rates. As crack cocaine use surged, dealers claimed territory through intimidation and murder, while families were fractured by crime and incarceration. Chronicling the rise and fall of Sex Money Murder, one of the era’s most notorious gangs, reporter Jonathan Green creates a visceral and devastating portrait of a New York City borough and the dedicated detectives and prosecutors struggling to stem the tide of violence.
Drawing on years of research and extraordinary access to gang leaders, law enforcement, and federal prosecutors, Green delivers an engrossing work of gritty urban reportage. Magisterial in its scope, Sex Money Murder offers a unique perspective on the violence raging in modern-day America and the battle to end it.
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In the late s and early s, the South Bronx had one of the highest per capita murder rates in America. As the use of crack cocaine surged, replacing heroin as the high of choice, dealers and gangs staked claims to territory and consumers through intimidation and murder, and families found themselves fractured by crime and incarceration.
Within it are remarkable tales of faith in a standard, friendship or what passes for it, greed, decay, the worst and the best of America. With years of extraordinary reporter's access, crisp, cinematic writing, and no small amount of courage, Jonathan Green is the South Bronx Boswell of ruthless killers in a tale reminiscent of Gay Talese's classic inside portrait of the Bonanno crime family, Honor Thy Father. Most remarkably Green captures the common humanity of gangsters, cops, prosecutors, the guilty and the innocent, victims and avengers, redeemed and irredeemable psychopaths, the living and the dead in the modern noir American city. Green's portraits of the good guys and the bad guys are richly layered and compelling: this is no simple cops-and-robbers story. It's a story about an entire way of life and the way people on both sides of the law have been affected by it. A fine piece of crime nonfiction.
Jonathan Green spent years researching the people, places, and events of the s and '90s crack epidemic and specifically one of the Bronx's most ruthless gangs, Sex Money Murder. His book, Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal , distills all that research into an outstanding example of how powerful narrative non-fiction can be. I vividly remember the bold headlines and somber news specials of the time about this new drug that spawned unprecedented violence and turned housing projects into war zones.
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