1971. Rubbish is piled on the streets, crime is at a record high, and New York is careening towards bankruptcy. A shooting war has broken out between the NYPD and the Black Liberation Army. Ray Carney is trying to keep his head down, his business up and his life on the straight and narrow. His only immediate need is Jackson 5 tickets for his daughter May, so what harm could it do to hit up Munson, his old police contact and fixer extraordinaire? Suddenly, staying out of the game becomes more complicated – and deadly. When one of Ray's tenants is badly injured in a fire, he enlists the enduringly violent Pepper to investigate how it started, forcing the duo to battle their way through a crumbling metropolis run by the shady, the violent and the utterly corrupt. Crook Manifesto is a kaleidoscopic portrait of Harlem, and a searching portrait of how families work in the face of indifference, chaos and hostility.