Saturday, May 29, 2021

Twelve great books about the New York underworld

David Gordon was born in New York City. His first novel, The Serialist, won the VCU/Cabell First Novel Award and was a finalist for an Edgar Award. It was also made into a major motion picture in Japan. His work has also appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Purple, and Fence, among other publications.

[The Page 69 Test: The SerialistThe Page 69 Test: Mystery GirlThe Page 69 Test: White Tiger on Snow MountainWriters Read: David Gordon (August 2019)The Page 69 Test: The Hard StuffQ&A with David Gordon.]

Gordon's new novel, Against the Law, is his third installment in the Joe the Bouncer series.

At CrimeReads he tagged twelve "favorite books about outlaw New York," including:
Snakes Can’t Run, by Ed Lin

The final book on the list comes full circle: a crime series by a contemporary writer, set in a vanished New York familiar from my own childhood. Raymond Chow is an NYPD detective working in Chinatown in 1976, investigating a human trafficking ring while the threat of terrorism hangs over lower Manhattan. (Except back then it was the FALN, a Puerto Rican independence group, that had everyone on high alert.) Along with the humor, smarts, insight and humanity of his writing, Lin pulls off a double wonder: a detailed portrait of a neighborhood and culture largely unknown to outsiders, and a historical period piece that dives deep into 70s New York. Every word of Lin’s books rings true.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Snakes Can't Run.

--Marshal Zeringue