I bought "Sleepers" because of the movie… of the same name. That’s a good one, the movie I mean. The book doesn’t work, at least not the second part of it. I enjoyed and could believe that this book is based on real and terrible life events until after the time in juvenile jail. But after that the book fell apart completely. It somehow worked on the movie but not in the book. It’s impossible to compromise so much in order to believe that the story takes the curse it takes, and have a climax like the one "Sleepers" has.
Sorry Lorenzo Carcaterra, I’m one of those who think your story is made up and not based on real events.