Price has come a long way since this first novel, with an ensemble of protagonists. Or maybe it is the gang itself, The Wanderers, that is the hero here. The gang members are all textured--they have virtues, but serious flaws, too, and that makes them all the more appealing and believable. But at this point, long after the book was written, these guys all seem like Italian stereotypes. Try Roland Merullo for the real thing, Boston instead of the Bronx. And isn't the outcome a little too predictable? The gang can't last forever. We know it long before the end comes.