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South by South Bronx


Undistilled noir in the much-anticipated third novel from the American Book Award–winning Bronx native.

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What people are saying…

“In prose entirely his own (and don’t I wish I could steal it and run off with it!), Abraham Rodriguez gives us a crime story, a love story, and one of the best portraits of the creative process I’ve ever seen. Every page is a joy and every character—including the South Bronx itself—is alive and surprising. This book is something special.”
S.J. Rozan, Edgar Award–winning author of In This Rain

“A street poet like Bob Dylan, Abraham Rodriguez has woven a lyrically inventive and sophisticated noir, worthy of the people he champions. Full of unforgettable one liners, South by South Bronx manages to film a neighborhood filled with beauty, danger, and magic. One fearless hell of a literary mystery novel.”
—Ernesto Quinonez, author of Bodega Dreams

More praise for Abraham Rodriguez:

“Powerful . . . a redemptive and absorbing work.”
New York Times Book Review, on Spidertown

“Scary, sexy, exuberant . . . Rodriguez has seized a truth of our times . . . and given us a crackling good read.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review, on Spidertown

“Rodriguez uses the repetitiveness of life in the ghetto itself to make the tension and desperation of Spidertown achingly palpable.”
People, on Spidertown

“A joy to read! Rodriguez’s writing has never been more accomplished, more lyrical, more trenchant, or more humane. In these pages you will find marvels, but also a young man writing with the ferocity of life itself.”
—Junot Díaz, on The Buddha Book


There is something weird going on in the South Bronx . . .

Monk is a writer. Only problem is, he is not writing. Late one rainy night he spots a blond white girl climbing up his fire escape.

Mink is a painter. Only problem is, he is not painting. Mink and Monk both storm and rage through the dry time, killing their nights together, until one day Mink finds himself alone.

There is something weird going on in the South Bronx . . . or is it New York?

A drug dealer from the South Bronx agrees to launder some money for a group of terrorists. Who would’ve thought the guy would run off with the money? Who would’ve thought the FBI and the CIA would come running to find it?

Sanchez is the South Bronx detective they come to. He has the files, and even knows the drug dealer personally. But does he really want to help them?

All of a sudden the trail changes, from a dead drug dealer to a blond white girl who becomes the key to the missing money. With the body count rising, Sanchez has to make a decision between good and bad, between right and wrong . . . and there’s always that part about saving your own skin . . .

There is something weird going on in the South Bronx . . . or is it America?


Book Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Published: 4/1/08
  • IBSN: 9781933354569
  • e-IBSN: 9781617750663


ABRAHAM RODRIGUEZ was born and raised in the South Bronx. His first book, The Boy without a Flag, was a 1993 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His novel Spidertown won a 1995 American Book Award and was optioned by Columbia Pictures. The Buddha Book, was published by Picador in 2001. South by South Bronx is his most recent novel. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

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