The Whites

The Whites

by Richard Price (writing as Harry Brandt)
Mystery
Henry Holt & Co.
Hardcover, 352 pages
$28.00

In The Whites, Richard Price delivers a story that is taut, tough and true. In the context of the gritty, day-to-day beat of the NYPD, a niche environment most of us will never enter, Price conducts his own investigation taking us deep into the moral dilemmas and intricate complexities that make up every human soul wherever we may be. The story is about the former members of a police unit known as the "Wild Geese" and their never-ending battle to deal with their "whites," the criminals who got away with a serious crime on their watch. What begins as a pure desire to do “good” and pursue justice unravels into obsession with hunting down their former nemeses at whatever cost. Yes! The author fully intends you to draw parallels to Captain Ahab’s famous hunt of his own white whale in Moby Dick.  Highly recommended.