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Sleepers

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An unforgettable true story of friendship, loyalty and revenge, set against the unmistakable backdrop of New York City They were four boys who shared everything - the laughter and bruises of an impoverished upbringing in New York's West Side. Then one of their pranks misfired - a man nearly died and they were sent away to a reformatory school. There they suffered the worst abuse the guards could inflict on them. They were forever scarred by their experiences. Eleven years later two of them became killers for the mob. They met the ringleader of the guards who abused them - and shot him dead in front of several witnesses. No one thought they would see the outside of a prison again - but the four friends banded together once more and in one last, audacious stand brought their own vengeance to the courtroom. Sleepers was adapted into an award-winning film, featuring Hollywood stars Dustin Hoffman, Brad Pitt, Robert de Niro and Kevin Bacon. A moving and shocking coming-of-age story that is a must read for fans of the cult film, Stand by Me. Lorenzo Carcaterra was born in New York where he still lives. He was a reporter on the New York Daily News before he wrote A Safe Place. His second book, Sleepers, became a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 124 x 198 x 28mm | 240g
  • Cornerstone
  • ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16pp b&w illustrations
  • 0099628716
  • 9780099628712
  • 131,326

Review quote

"A compulsive true story" * The Times * "Undeniably powerful, an enormously affecting and intensely human story" * Washington Post * "A brilliant, troubling, important book" * Jonathan Kellerman * "Compelling" * USA Today * "Fabulous, unbelievably good" * Entertainment Weekly *show more

About Lorenzo Carcaterra

Lorenzo Carcaterra was born in New York where he still lives. He was a reporter on the New York Daily News before he wrote A Safe Place. His second book, Sleepers, became a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.show more

Back cover copy

An unforgettable true story of friendship, loyalty and revenge Lorenzo, Michael, John and Tommy shared everything - the laughter and the bruises of an impoverished childhood on New York's violent West Side. Until one of their pranks misfired and they were sent to a reformatory school. Twelve months of systematic mental, physical and sexual abuse left the boys transformed for ever. Eleven years later, one of them had become a journalist, one a lawyer - and the other two killers for the mob. In a chance encounter they came face to face with one of their torturers and shot him dead in front of several witnesses. The trial that followed brought the four friends together again in one last, audacious stand - and a courtroom climax as gripping as any John Grisham novel. 'A compulsive true story' The Times 'Undeniably powerful, an enormously affecting and intensely human story' The Washington Post 'Compelling' USA Today 'Fabulous, unbelievably good' Entertainment Weekly 'A brilliant, troubling, important book' Jonathan Kellermanshow more

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"Fabulous, unbelievably good"show more

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10,882 ratings
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4 38% (4,131)
3 16% (1,781)
2 3% (305)
1 1% (75)
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