Jeff Labrecque
October 10, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jeff Hobbs
publisher
Scribner
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

In 2011, 30-year-old Robert Peace was murdered in a drug-dealing dispute in Newark. But he was hardly a ghetto cliché; he had been a Yale grad full of promise. Hobbs, who was Peace’s wealthy college roommate, becomes a Nick Carraway of sorts, trekking to Newark to investigate the story and turning the life and death of his old friend into a haunting American tragedy for our times. B+

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