S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.

by Ruben Castaneda


During the height of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D C Ruben Castaneda covered the crime beat for the Washington Post The first in his family to graduate from college he had landed a job at one of the countrys premier newspapers But his apparent success masked a devastating secret he was a crack addict Even as he covered the drug-fueled violence that was destroying the city he was prowling S Street a 247 open-air crack market during his off hours looking for his next fix S Street Rising is more than a memoir its a portrait of a city in crisis Its the adrenalin-infused story of the street where Castaneda quickly became a regular and where a fledgling church led by a charismatic and streetwise pastor was protected by the local drug kingpin a dangerous man who followed an old-school code of honor Its the story of Castanedas friendship with an exceptional police homicide commander whose career was derailed when he ran afoul of Mayor Marion Barry and his political cronies And its a study of the city itself as it tried to rise above the bloody crack epidemic and the corrosive politics of the Barry era S Street Rising is The Wire meets the Oscar-winning movie Crash And its all true

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