The Riverdale Press covers 'The Triangle'

The Pulitzer Prize winning Bronx weekly where I worked on staff in 2009 and 2010 ran a piece about how I reported the book. Here's the link:,55917

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The Columbus Dispatch calls 'The Triangle' "Gripping"

"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."

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"Triangle" Excerpt posted on

Crack was the atomic bomb of the ghetto. And the scariest part was, any fool could build that bomb. —Marcus Jackson

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"The Triangle" is named to the IRE Book List

"Each year, IRE publishes a list of nonfiction, investigative books, compiled by former IRE executive director Steve Weinberg. Below you can review the last three years worth of investigative works, a total of more than 600 books"
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The New York Post Excerpts "The Triangle"

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.

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"The Triangle" receives Starred Review and is named Publisher's Weekly Pick of the Week

"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:

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The Free-Market -- With Tec-9s

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:

The Drug War in Long Island's Hempstead Ghetto Is the Free-Market With Tec-9s

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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.

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Ferguson and Gangs

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:

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