Synopses & Reviews
"Disquieting...often poignant" (Time), an "engrossing" (Newsweek) exploration of racial attitudes in America, as illumined by the case of Edmund Perry: a seventeen-year-old black honors student from Harlem who, soon after being graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, perhaps the nation's most prestigious prep school, was killed by a young white plainclothes policeman whom he and a companion allegedly tried to mug.
"Anson probes the problems that attended the uprooting of the brothers from a deprived background to the upper-class environment of their schools; and he raises questions as to whether the worlds of black and white in the U.S. are capable of reconciliation." Publishers Weekly
"Mr. Anson is interested in exploring Edmund Perry's short life, and especially his education...the irony that someone who had already traveled so for would end up lying on a sidewalk so close to where he had grown up, a cop's bullet in his belly." New York Times Book Review
"Compelling...a portrait of 'cultural schizophrenia' and a detailed account of a teenager who tried, unsuccessfully, to keep a foot in two different worlds." Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Unfolds like a detective story." Chicago Sun-Times
"Profoundly disturbing." Kansas City Star
"[A] compelling account of the life and death of a Harlem teenager." Library Journal
An exploration of how Edmund Perry, a 17 year old black honors student from Harlem, was killed soon after graduation by a young white plain clothes policeman in an alleged mugging attempt.