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Sex Money Murder

A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal

Jonathan Green


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Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (6/26/2018)
Hardcover (5/15/2018)
Compact Disc (6/26/2018)
MP3 CD (6/26/2018)


Nominated for an Edgar Award

“Exceptionally authentic.”—Jill Leovy, The New York Times Book Review

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Bronx had one of the country’s highest per capita homicide rates. As crack cocaine use surged, dealers claimed territory through intimidation and murder, while families were fractured by crime and incarceration. Chronicling the rise and fall of Sex Money Murder, one of the era’s most notorious gangs, reporter Jonathan Green creates a visceral and devastating portrait of a New York City borough and the dedicated detectives and prosecutors struggling to stem the tide of violence.

Drawing on years of research and extraordinary access to gang leaders, law enforcement, and federal prosecutors, Green delivers an engrossing work of gritty urban reportage. Magisterial in its scope, Sex Money Murder offers a unique perspective on the violence raging in modern-day America and the battle to end it.

Praise For Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal

A riveting, deeply human true-life thriller.… Jonathan Green is the South Bronx Boswell of ruthless killers.
— Michael Capuzzo, author of Close to Shore and The Murder Room

This book is incredible.
— Ryen Russillo - ESPN

Green’s account reads true.
— Rochelle Olson - Star Tribune

Sex Money Murder is a ferocious and long overdue piece of true storytelling about a time and a place that saw the worst of the dope business. Within it are remarkable tales of faith in a standard, friendship or what passes for it, greed, decay, the worst and the best of America.

— Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

Expertly reported and written in a crisp, no nonsense style, Sex Money Murder is a glimpse into a violent criminal lifestyle rarely documented.

— Lisa Levy - LitHub CrimeReads

Gripping.… This is a fascinating, albeit dispiriting read, a searing portrait of the appalling inequalities of the American Dream gone sour, a three-act tragedy played out against a soundtrack of gangsta rap.
— The Mail on Sunday

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393357028, 432pp.

Publication Date: June 25, 2019

About the Author

Jonathan Green is an award-winning journalist and author. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Men’s Journal, Garden and Gun, Fast Company, The Financial Times Magazine, and British GQ.