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Sleepers Mass Market Paperback – 2 March 1996

4.7 out of 5 stars 586 ratings

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"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

"A riveting story delicious with revenge . . . Carcaterra mixes horror, laughter, and pathos to show that justice, like love, is in the eye of the beholder."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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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 Home for Boys and the elaborate vengeance he and his friends exacted against the guards. He tells it all in spare, stylish prose . . . [with] relentless momentum and sheer drama. . . . SLEEPERS is a thriller, to be sure, but it is equally a wistful hymn to another age."
--The Washington Post Book World
"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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (2 March 1996)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0345404114
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0345404114
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.62 x 2.62 x 17.37 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story that will stay with you, long after you've finished the book!
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Such a compelling story. Everyone should read this book! Wonderfully written and brilliantly executed!
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Nazmun Ali
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure why Carcaterra's called this a true story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most harrowing true stories I have read in my time
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 November 2018
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2.0 out of 5 stars So boring
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but doubtful it's true
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