Book review: ‘S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.’ by Ruben Castaneda

Washingtonians of a certain generation are fond of recalling where they were on the night of Jan. 18, 1990, when Mayor Marion Barry was arrestedfor crack cocaine use and possession during an FBI sting operation at the Vista International Hotel on M Street. Read More

-Daniel Stashower, Washington Post

BookForum: High and Low

As its narrative strands weave more tightly together, S Street Rising becomes a powerful, propulsive, narcotically fueled cri de coeur for an entire city. Read More

-Jerry Stahl, BookForum

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

“Castaneda’s page-turner, told with easygoing charm and great skill, is an unstinting unveiling of who got away with what and when and how Castaneda followed the action and found himself.” Read More

-Eloise Kinney, BookList

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

“A streetwise reporter takes a walk on Washington’s wild side in this gritty but unfocused memoir.” Read More

-Publishers Weekly

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

This book is remarkable, and I am not the tiniest bit surprised that its writer has won multiple awards. Read More