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Crook Manifesto: ‘Fast, fun, ribald’ Sunday Times

by Colson Whitehead

Hardback (unsigned) £20
Published 18th July 2023
Signed first edition £20
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‘Glorious’ New York Times Book Review

‘The compelling energy of a crime thriller and the sharp wit of social satire’ Guardian

‘Whitehead’s crime series is one of the most enjoyable streaks in recent fiction’ Telegraph

‘This novel has it all’ Mail on Sunday

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER: a powerful and hugely-entertaining novel that summons 1970s New York in all its seedy glory.

1971, New York City. Trash piles up on the streets, crime is at an all-time high, the city is going bankrupt, and a shooting war has broken out between the NYPD and the Black Liberation Army. Furniture store owner and ex-fence Ray Carney is trying to keep his head down, his business up and his life straight. But then he needs Jackson 5 tickets for his daughter May and he decides to hit up an old police contact, who wants favours in return. For Ray, staying out of the game gets a lot more complicated - and deadly.

1973. The old ways are being overthrown by the thriving counterculture, but Pepper, Carney’s enduringly violent partner in crime, is a constant. In these difficult times, Pepper takes on a side gig doing security on a Blaxploitation shoot in Harlem, finding himself in a world of Hollywood stars and celebrity drug dealers, in addition to the usual cast of hustlers, mobsters and hit men. These adversaries underestimate the seasoned crook - to their regret.

1976. Harlem is burning, while the country gears up for the Bicentennial. Carney is trying to come up with a celebratory July 4th advertisement he can actually live with, while his wife Elizabeth is campaigning for her childhood friend, rising politician Alexander Oakes. When a fire seriously injures one of Carney’s tenants, he enlists Pepper to look into who may be behind it, navigating a crumbling metropolis run by the shady, the violent and the utterly corrupt.

‘Fast, fun, ribald… with a touch of Quentin Tarantino’ Sunday Times

‘A delight’ Financial Times

‘Hugely enticing’ Independent


Crook Manifesto: ‘Fast, fun, ribald’ Sunday Times
by Colson Whitehead


Little, Brown Book Group


Publication date
July 18, 2023

23.6cm x 16.4cm x 3.6cm