Money Rock: A Family's Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South

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New Press
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5.9 X 8.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
A former reporter for the Charlotte Observer, Pam Kelley has won honors from the National Press Club and the Society for Features Journalism. She contributed to a subprime mortgage exposé that was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She lives in Cornelius, North Carolina.
Praise for Money Rock:
"An ambitious look at the cost of urban gentrification."
--Atlanta-Journal Constitution

"A gripping tale . . . . Kelley weaves a textured narrative."
--National Book Review

"Thoroughly investigative and delightfully readable."
--The Charlotte Observer

"This book would pair well with Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law. . . . Incisive. . . . Highly recommended."
--Library Journal (starred review)

"Kelley could have written a fine book about Charlotte's drug trade in the '80s and '90s, filled with shoot-outs and flashy jewelry. What she accomplishes with Money Rock, however, is far more laudable."
--Charlotte Magazine

"With solid journalism, dogged research, perceptive observation, colorful interviews and memorable characters, Money Rock tells a memorable and timely story."
--Shelf Awareness

"A diligent exposé . . . . A fascinating and hard-hitting story about drugs, crime, faith, and retribution."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Extends the work of such classics as Code of the Street and The Corner with curiosity, economy, thoroughness, and a deep feel for the nuances of human life. . . . Kelley places the remarkable story of her remarkable protagonist, Belton 'Money Rock' Platt, in a larger narrative that is too often elided, illuminating, in the process, the difference between justice and mere judgment."
--Garth Risk Hallberg, author of City on Fire

"Compelling. . . . Kelley's captivating account bears witness to people and places simultaneously striving and stuck; to the redemptive power of women; and to faith that a better way might be possible, for ourselves and our cities."
--Susan Burton, author of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women

"A powerful and unforgettable story of ambition, the failed War on Drugs, and those places where policies have failed to keep up with the human experience."
--Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

"Eye-opening and moving. . . . An honest and absorbing chronicle of the social and emotional devastation of 'law and order' and essential reading for anyone who cares about racial justice and the health of American cities."
--Matthew Horace, author of The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement

"A bracing tale of love and hope, despair and redemption, civil rights and wrongs."
--Byrant Simon, author of The Hamlet Fire