Published to coincide with a major motion picture release based on Edwin Torres’s classic gangster novel, which Newsweek calls “exhilarating . . . boils with raw energy”
A powerful, gritty, and vivid novel adapted as a forthcoming major motion picture with big-name stars, Carlito’s Way
is the riveting, unforgettable story of Carlito Brigante, a Harlem
drug dealer in the 1960s, and his rise to the top.
Drug dealer, thief, and murderer, Carlito Brigante was once just another Spanish Harlem street punk with a poor boy’s dream of flash and fast moneybut as he gets older he determines that it’s either take or be taken, and he knows which role he intends to play. Soon he’s a mob-connected professional with an easy charm, joie de vivre, stubborn pride, and hair-trigger temper. But the rules change rapidly in a sudden-death world of scams, sell-outs, and payback, where only the strongest and smartest predator can be king of the barrio. And when there’s a major changing of the guard in the top echelons of the mob, Carlito will have some hard choices to make. This is a novel that recalls Richard Price’s The Wanderers
, but with a swagger and spirit all its own. Taut, thrilling, and a joy to read, Carlito’s Way
established a voice that has lost none of its vivid color or power to enthrall.
Carlito’s Way: The Beginning
, the prequel to the film Carlito’s Way
, will be a major motion picture released by Universal Pictures in fall 2005, starring Jay Hernandez, Mario van Peebles, Giancarlo Esposito, and P. Diddy.