Web of the City by Harlan Ellison
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...a grittily empathetic look at gang life based on the author’s own experiences undercover researching as the member of a gang in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
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"Get it straight right now: these aren't kids playing games of war. They mean business. They are junior-grade killers and public enemies one through five thousand..."

In Rusty Santoro's neighborhood, the kids carry knives, chains, bricks. Broken glass.  And when they fight, they fight dirty, leaving the streets littered with the bodies of the injured and the dead.  Rusty wants out - but you can't just walk away from a New York street gang. And his decision may leave his family to pay a terrible price.  

First published more than half a century ago and inspired by the author's real-life experience going undercover inside a street gang, Web of the City was Harlan Ellison's first novel and marked the long-form debut of one of the most electrifying, unforgettable, and controversial voices of 20th century letters.  

Appearing here for the first time together with three thematically related short stories Ellison wrote for the pulp magazines of the 1950s, Web of the City offers both a snapshot of a lost era and a portrait of violence and grief as timely as today's most brutal headlines.
 

About Harlan Ellison

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Datlow was the fiction editor of Omni magazine and Omni Online, and edited the ten associated anthologies. She has edited the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series, and also edited numerous original science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies solo, or with Terri Windling. She was editor of the webzine Event Horizon: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, and was the editor of Sci Fiction. Datlow won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor twice, has received two Bram Stoker Awards, eight World Fantasy Awards, three Locus Awards for Best Editor, the Shirley Jackson Award, and has twice led the Science Fiction Chronicle reader's poll.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Hard Case Crime. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Rhetta Akamatsu on Jun 15 2013

This novel is recommended for those who enjoy crime novels with lots of grit and blood and for those with a real appreciation for Ellison himself.

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Reviewed by Bill Sherman on Jun 11 2013

...a grittily empathetic look at gang life based on the author’s own experiences undercover researching as the member of a gang in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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