"Kevin Deutsch, a reporter for the Long Island newspaper Newsday, spent his off hours during 2012 with two gangs in the village of Hempstead in suburban New York.
Weekends were devoted to the Crips, and evenings immersed in the world of the Bloods — both gangs that have branches throughout the United States.
The Triangle offers a gripping account of that year, a particularly violent one because of an all-out war between the gangs for territory in which to deal drugs."Read More
Crack was the atomic bomb of the ghetto. And the scariest part was, any fool could build that bomb. —Marcus Jackson
Here's their lede-in:
Hempstead, Long Island, would seem an unlikely drug capital. But millions of dollars in cocaine, marijuana and crack flow through this impoverished village of 55,000 to the rest of the island and nearby New York City. The territory is so valuable that in 2012, the major gangs — the Crips and the Bloods — had an all-out war that left dozens wounded or dead. In his new book, “The Triangle,” journalist Kevin Deutsch explains the roots of the conflict, and how more than just turf was at stake.Read More
"Deutsch gives readers a 360-degree view of the community. He describes a complex problem rooted in a lack of hope and opportunity that many participants see as insoluble. This is a crucial and enthralling work on gangs and the communities they inhabit."
Read the review here: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4930-0760-8Read More
This week's issue of Newsweek includes a 10-page-spread containing an excerpt from The Triangle with photos by me and Steve Pfost. Here's a link to the online version:Read More
For readers interested in how I first learned of the Triangle Gang War, here's a little background from the book's "Note on Sources" section.Read More
I spent a few days in Ferguson, MO, last month covering the protests and unrest sparked by the killing of Michael Brown. I was most interested in how the events would impact street gangs in the St. Louis area, which has more than 90 documented crews and a thriving gang culture.
Here's a link to the piece I wrote for Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/ferguson-recruitment-boon-gangs-265884Read More