S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C. by Ruben Castaneda

By Ruben Castaneda

Throughout the top of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D.C., Ruben Castaneda coated the crime beat for the Washington submit. the 1st in his kin to graduate from university, he had landed a role at one of many country's superior newspapers. yet his obvious good fortune masked a devastating mystery: he was once a crack addict. at the same time he coated the drug-fueled violence that used to be destroying the town, he was once prowling S highway, a 24/7 open-air crack industry, in the course of his off hours, searching for his subsequent fix.

S highway emerging is greater than a memoir; it's a portrait of a urban in hindrance. It's the adrenalin-infused tale of the road the place Castaneda speedy turned a standard, and the place a fledgling church led via a charismatic and streetwise pastor was once secure by means of the neighborhood drug kingpin, a perilous guy who an old-school code of honor. It's the tale of Castaneda's friendship with a very good police murder commander whose occupation was once derailed while he ran afoul of Mayor Marion Barry and his political cronies. And it's a learn of town itself because it attempted to upward push above the bloody crack epidemic and the corrosive politics of the Barry period. S highway emerging is The cord meets the Oscar-winning motion picture Crash. And it's all precise.

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He asked. I nodded. ” I shook my head. I’m not much of an upchucker. I can and have eaten pizza on heroin. ” I nodded. ” “Something else,” I squeaked guiltily. ” By the time we had this conversation we were almost halfway home. Out of the city center and crossing the green fields and country roads back to Cumbernauld. ” he inquired tentatively I shook my head. I couldn’t speak now. All my concentration was on clenching. He sprang to action: reeling up the center aisle of the bus like a sailor in high seas as it careered around the winding roads, he made his way down to the front and talked to the driver.

Giants and fairies was how he described classical music. He could just as well have been talking about show business. Gunka said he’d buy me one of the big waxy discs for a present, yet as much as I had enjoyed the Norwegian composer’s opus, I wanted a pop music album instead. Gunka agreed that that might be a good place to start, and we whittled the options down to two: the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper or a Monkees album called Headquarters. To my eternal shame, I chose the Monkees. This was because I was only eight and the Monkees looked cheerful and friendly on their album cover, whereas the Beatles had beards and my father had told me that you couldn’t trust a man with a beard because you didn’t know what he was hiding.

I nodded. ” “Something else,” I squeaked guiltily. ” By the time we had this conversation we were almost halfway home. Out of the city center and crossing the green fields and country roads back to Cumbernauld. ” he inquired tentatively I shook my head. I couldn’t speak now. All my concentration was on clenching. He sprang to action: reeling up the center aisle of the bus like a sailor in high seas as it careered around the winding roads, he made his way down to the front and talked to the driver.

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