Sleepers

Mass Market Paperback | March 2, 1996

byLorenzo Carcaterra

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For fans of Game of Silence, Sleepers is the extraordinary true story of four men who take the law into their own hands.
 
This is the story of four young boys. Four lifelong friends. Intelligent, fun-loving, wise beyond their years, they are inseparable. Their potential is unlimited, but they are content to live within the closed world of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. And to play as many pranks as they can on the denizens of the street. They never get caught. And they know they never will.
 
Until one disastrous summer afternoon.
 
On that day, what begins as a harmless scheme goes horrible wrong. And the four find themselves facing a year’s imprisonment in the Wilkinson Home for Boys. The oldest of them is fifteen, the youngest twelve. What happens to them over the course of that year—brutal beatings, unimaginable humiliation—will change their lives forever.
 
Years later, one has become a lawyer. One a reporter. And two have grown up to be murderers, professional hit men. For all of them, the pain and fear of Wilkinson still rages within. Only one thing can erase it.
 
Revenge.
 
To exact it, they will twist the legal system. Commandeer the courtroom for their agenda. Use the wiles they observed on the streets, the violence they learned at Wilkinson.
 
If they get caught this time, they only have one thing left to lose: their lives.
 
Praise for Sleepers
 
“Undeniably powerful, an enormously affecting and intensely human story . . . Sleepers is a thriller, to be sure, but it is equally a wistful hymn to another age.”The Washington Post Book World
 
“A gut-wrenching piece of work . . . [Lorenzo] Carcaterra’s graphic narrative grips like gunfire in a dark alley.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“A terrifying account of brutality and retribution, searing in its emotional truth, peopled with murderers, sadists, and thugs, but biblical in its passion and scope.”People
 
Sleepers is so many things: a Dickensian portrait of coming of age in Hell’s Kitchen, a terrifying and heartbreaking account of the brutalization of youth, a shocking—and disturbingly satisfying—climax worthy of the finest suspense novel. A brilliant, troubling, important book.”—Jonathan Kellerman
 
“Compelling.”USA Today

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This is the true story of four young boys. Four lifelong friends. Intelligent, fun-loving, wise beyond their years, they are inseparable. Their potential is unlimited, but they are content to live within the closed world of New York City's Hell's Kitchen. And to play as many pranks as they can on the denizens of the street. They never ...

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For fans of Game of Silence, Sleepers is the extraordinary true story of four men who take the law into their own hands.   This is the story of four young boys. Four lifelong friends. Intelligent, fun-loving, wise beyond their years, they are inseparable. Their potential is unlimited, but they are content to...

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"Undeniably powerful, an enormously affecting and intensely human story."--The Washington Post Book World"A GUT-WRENCHING PIECE OF WORK. . . Carcaterra's graphic narrative grips like gunfire in a dark alley."--The Atlanta Journal & Constitution"In his controversial memoir SLEEPERS, Carcaterra remembers harrowing months in the Wilkinson...

Lorenzo Carcaterra is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sleepers, A Safe Place, Apaches, Gangster, Street Boys, Paradise City, Chasers, Midnight Angels, and The Wolf. He is a former writer/producer for Law & Order and has written for National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Magazine, Details, and Maxim. He lives in Ne...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 1 inPublished:March 2, 1996Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I read this book when it first came out and it rapidly became one of my 'go-to' books. Years later, i still read it about once a month. It is so beautifully written that you can't help but feel totally sympathy for the boys in the story. I have read all the other books by Cacaterra but Sleepers remains my faveourite.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of the most disturbing and horrific books that I have ever read, yet it is also one of my top 5. Every time I read it I end with a prayer for the boys who were killed as well as those who are still alive. It rips at my heart, but at the same time fills me with hope. I have read it more times than I care to think about, can quote passages from it, yet I can never read it enough.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! I first watched the movie when I was 15 years old. My mother had told me about it and eventually got around to watching it. What I saw has stayed with me and has become one of my favourite movies of all time. My mother then told me about the book and I had been looking on and off for it. A few weeks ago I was flipping through the channels and I noticed that Sleepers was on TV and I started watching it which got me interested in trying to find the book. Within a week I found the book and ordered it and within a few days of receiving the book, I finished it. I am now studying grade 12 University Law (which is a great course) and have just finished up a criminal law unit in which we focused a lot of time on prisons and if they really do rehabilitate offenders. The news articles that we read and the films that we watched all seemed to mirror the book, Sleepers where some people will continue living their lives in and out of prison after being there once and some will never go back. But this book has touched me and same with the movie in some way different from other books and movies. I loved it and I highy recommend anybody to read the book and see the movie!!!
Date published: 2005-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking! A couple of months ago, my friends and I were talking about the movies we liked, and one of them brought up Sleepers. She said that it was an amazing movie and that we absolutely had to watch it. So, I rented it and watched it. It was the most amazing movie I have ever seen and watching the movie is what got me into reading the book. The book was just as incredible as the movie. The author wrote it with such great compassion and it is clearly visible throughout the entire story. He used a great technique, which was to go back and forth to the different events, and that was very effective. The book contains many heart-wrenching and tragic events and at some points, I felt like I was there and was experiencing the pain and horror of his abuse with him. I recommend this book to everyone, because I think it is brilliantly written and also makes you think about all the horrible things that are going on in the world that we don't know about. And, if you enjoyed the book, you would definitely
Date published: 2003-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Even though I was only 13 when i read this book i though it was wonderful. the way it was written was nothing othre than amazing. The pain and suffering that these boys had to go through was horrific. When I was reading it i never wanted to put it down. My teacher was amazed that i actually wanted to keep reading it when i didn't have to. This book changed my outlook on reading. If all books were like this one i would never stop reading.
Date published: 2000-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am utterly speechless! I don't even know where to start! Amazingly good, extremely emotional and just..WOW! The movie was good, but the book is excellent. I wanted to cry through out the novel but couldn't. I felt sad for the boys because of the situation they were in, I felt horrified for what they went through and I felt joyful for their revenge, extremely clever. Their bond of friendship is amazing, it almost makes you jealous. I loved how the author, not only left each chapter, but each paragraph with a sentence of suspense that made me think and want to read on forever! It was excellently written. I recommend this awesome book to those who can handle intense imagery and those who have a strong stomach. You will never forget this story, it took me a couple days to get it out of my mind before I could pick up another book!
Date published: 2000-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best I may only be 14 but I thought this book was the most interesting book I've read! This book was one I never wanted to put down. The way it is written is intriging. I can't tell you anything about it or I'll give it away but it's a must for a Christmas gift or for yourself!
Date published: 1999-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sleepers A very good book -- good in the sense that it was well-written, compelling, and made me nostalgic for both a time and a place I have never been. However, the events it describes -- the abuse of four young boys at the hands of brutal prison guards after a childhood prank goes tragically wrong -- is horrifying. Several incidents were so awful I was close to tears. Nevertheless, it was an excellent read, and I would strongly recommend it, but not to sensitive readers.
Date published: 1999-03-11

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This is the true story of four young boys. Four lifelong friends. Intelligent, fun-loving, wise beyond their years, they are inseparable. Their potential is unlimited, but they are content to live within the closed world of New York City's Hell's Kitchen. And to play as many pranks as they can on the denizens of the street. They never get caught. And they know they never will. Until one disastrous summer afternoon. On that day, what begins as a harmless scheme goes horribly wrong. And the four find themselves facing a year's imprisonment in the Wilkinson Home for Boys. The oldest of them is fifteen, the youngest twelve. What happens to them over the course of that year - brutal beatings, unimaginable humiliation - will change their lives forever. Years later, one has become a lawyer. One a reporter. And two have grown up to be murderers, professional hitmen. For all of them, the pain and fear of Wilkinson still rages within. Only one thing can erase it. Revenge. To exact it, they will twist the legal system. Commandeer the courtroom for their agenda. Use the wiles

Editorial Reviews

“Undeniably powerful, an enormously affecting and intensely human story . . . Sleepers is a thriller, to be sure, but it is equally a wistful hymn to another age.”—The Washington Post Book World   “A gut-wrenching piece of work . . . [Lorenzo] Carcaterra’s graphic narrative grips like gunfire in a dark alley.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution   “A terrifying account of brutality and retribution, searing in its emotional truth, peopled with murderers, sadists, and thugs, but biblical in its passion and scope.”—People   “Sleepers is so many things: a Dickensian portrait of coming of age in Hell’s Kitchen, a terrifying and heartbreaking account of the brutalization of youth, a shocking—and disturbingly satisfying—climax worthy of the finest suspense novel. A brilliant, troubling, important book.”—Jonathan Kellerman   “Compelling.”—USA Today