• "This is a book about New York as it was a long time ago… Mitchell is interested in the texture of the city. He loves the cops and bums and old Italian restaurants. After a while you really feel engrained in the place yourself"

    William Leith, Evening Standard
  • "Swift, razor-sharp characterisation, narrative suspense and the sparest, yet most penetrating description"

    Evening Standard
  • "One of the greatest journalists America has produced"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "What James Joyce might have written had he gone into journalism"

  • "A poet of the waterfront and a writer of surpassing tales that captured the unsung and unconventional life of New York and its denizens"