1. The Lotus Crew

    Stewart Meyer

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    Dope, duplicity, and violence fill this gasser of a novel from a protégé of William S. Burroughs

    Set in the scorched cityscape of the Reagan-era Lower East Side of Manhattan, The Lotus Crew is Stewart Meyer’s harrowing yet humorous tale of loyalty and betrayal in the face of heroin addiction. Two street junkies, the introverted Alvira and the gregarious Tommy, team up to spark a street-retailing crew pushing the best heroin in town. In the abandoned buildings and back alleys of an Alphabet City that is as dangerous as the Wild West, the stamp of the Triad crew on a glassine bag of dope means it’s a smoker.

    The duo is wildly successful until someone counterfeits the Triad seal and triggers a reaction from Tommy that leads to violence—and to a rude awakening for Alvira.
  2. Pub Date
    Open Road Integrated Media

Editorial Reviews

  • “A classic in its own time.” —Gadfly Online

  • “Meyer has a keen ear for the language of [the] streets and he has been down there to watch and listen; he brings us a vivid picture of the new junk underworld. . . . The Lotus Crew is a superbly crafted novel that says the most basic things about power, corruption, loyalty, and the total need of heroin addiction.” —William S. Burroughs

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About the author

Stewart Meyer

Stewart Meyer was born in Brooklyn, New York. At age twelve he discovered Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer in a used bookstore on Flatbush Avenue and decided to become a writer. He attended the City University of New York and audited William S. Burroughs's lecture series on creative writing. This led to a lifelong friendship with Mr. Burroughs and to an opportunity to observe a master writer going from draft to draft.

Meyer's first novel, The Lotus Crew, was originally published in 1984. He is currently at work on a second novel, The Heist Broker, and a memoir, Memory Chips and Reconstituted Pebbles. He lives in New York City.