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ISBN13: 9780345404114
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"Undeniably powerful, an enormously affecting and intensely human story."

--The Washington Post Book World

"A GUT-WRENCHING PIECE OF WORK. . . Carcaterra's graphic narrative grips like gunfire in a dark alley."

--The Atlanta Journal & Constitution

"In his controversial memoir SLEEPERS, Carcaterra remembers harrowing months in the Wilkinson Home for Boys and the elaborate vengeance he and his friends exacted against the guards. He tells it all in spare, stylish prose . . . [with] relentless momentum and sheer drama. . . . SLEEPERS is a thriller, to be sure, but it is equally a wistful hymn to another age."

--The Washington Post Book World

"A TERRIFYING ACCOUNT OF BRUTALITY AND RETRIBUTION, searing in its emotional truth, peopled with murderers, sadists, and thugs, but biblical in its passion and scope."

--People

"SLEEPERS is so many things: a Dickensian portrait of coming of age in Hell's Kitchen, a terrifying and heartbreaking account of the brutalization of youth, a shocking--and disturbingly satisfying--climax worthy of the finest suspense novel. A brilliant, troubling, important book."

--Jonathan Kellerman

"COMPELLING."

--USA Today

Synopsis:

This is the true story of four young boys. Four lifelong friends. Intelligent, fun-loving, wise beyond their years, they are inseparable. Their potential is unlimited, but they are content to live within the closed world of New York City's Hell's Kitchen. And to play as many pranks as they can on the denizens of the street. They never get caught. And they know they never will. Until one disastrous summer afternoon. On that day, what begins as a harmless scheme goes horribly wrong. And the four find themselves facing a year's imprisonment in the Wilkinson Home for Boys. The oldest of them is fifteen, the youngest twelve. What happens to them over the course of that year - brutal beatings, unimaginable humiliation - will change their lives forever. Years later, one has become a lawyer. One a reporter. And two have grown up to be murderers, professional hitmen. For all of them, the pain and fear of Wilkinson still rages within. Only one thing can erase it. Revenge. To exact it, they will twist the legal system. Commandeer the courtroom for their agenda. Use the wiles they observed on the streets, the violence they learned at Wilkinson. If they get caught this time, they only have one thing left to lose: their lives.

About the Author

Lorenzo Carcaterra is the author of A Safe Place: The True Story of a Father, a Son, a Murder.  He is married and has two children.

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cosmogrl26, November 1, 2010 (view all comments by cosmogrl26)
Sleepers, is a book that makes you want to reach through the book and help. You forget what's going on around you because you just want to read and read and see what happens next.
The Author is a Brave man who my husband respects very much. He is on Lorenzos' third book now, and just can't get enough of his creativity. He best describes his writing as very graphic and real.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345404114
Author:
Carcaterra, Lorenzo
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Specific Groups
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Gangs
Subject:
Criminals -- New York (State) -- New York -- Case studies.
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Edition Number:
1st Mass Market ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
95-28
Publication Date:
19960331
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.78x4.19x1.06 in. .41 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This is the true story of four young boys. Four lifelong friends. Intelligent, fun-loving, wise beyond their years, they are inseparable. Their potential is unlimited, but they are content to live within the closed world of New York City's Hell's Kitchen. And to play as many pranks as they can on the denizens of the street. They never get caught. And they know they never will. Until one disastrous summer afternoon. On that day, what begins as a harmless scheme goes horribly wrong. And the four find themselves facing a year's imprisonment in the Wilkinson Home for Boys. The oldest of them is fifteen, the youngest twelve. What happens to them over the course of that year - brutal beatings, unimaginable humiliation - will change their lives forever. Years later, one has become a lawyer. One a reporter. And two have grown up to be murderers, professional hitmen. For all of them, the pain and fear of Wilkinson still rages within. Only one thing can erase it. Revenge. To exact it, they will twist the legal system. Commandeer the courtroom for their agenda. Use the wiles they observed on the streets, the violence they learned at Wilkinson. If they get caught this time, they only have one thing left to lose: their lives.
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