“Kennedy’s face had a kind of sweet acceptance to it, the eyes understanding that it had come to him, the way it had come to so many others before him. The price of the attempt at excellence was death”
“There are between 10,000 and 20,000 adolescents on the streets of this city… The most desperate of them eventually land with a thud on the docks, where not even the salt in the air can preserve them.”
“The intense public interest surrounding this case now extends beyond the early prurient reactions, beyond the photogenic face of Robert Chambers, beyond the upscale setting. The death of Jennifer Levin touched a nerve, particularly after the defense began trying to excuse it.”
Nicky Louie is the leader of the Ghost Shadows, Chinatown’s most powerful youth gang. Every night, he paces Mott Street, wary of incursions from the White Eagles and the Flying Dragons, rival gangs. At stake is affiliation with Chinatown’s richest tong, the On Leong.