“It never used to be this way,” Jimmy said, shaking his head. “It just used to be regular bums. You had a bottle under your coat and you slept in hallways. Now you got the young guys and the pills. They go crazy, and they make everybody else crazy.”
“Traveling on the New York subway system is now one of the more frightful experiences Western civilization has to offer on a regular basis. The experience is not only intolerable. It is also a daily advertisement for the brutish sensibilities and shallow brainpans of the people who now control the city.”
“I am, or have been, a certified Grateful Dead freak; I don’t know how many Dead concerts I’ve attended, but it has to be more than 25, which for this record addict is a record. What’s more, I never made a conscious decision to lay off.”
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.