A self-described "middle class Jewish kid", Price was born in the Bronx, New York City and grew up in a housing project in the northeast Bronx. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1967 and obtained a B.A. from Cornell University and an MFA from Columbia University. In 1999, he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.
Price's novels explore late 20th century urban America in a gritty, realistic manner that has brought him considerable literary acclaim. Several of his novels are set in a fictional northern New Jersey city called Dempsy. He has also written numerous screenplays, was nominated for an Oscar. He also wrote for the HBO series The Wire.
Micahel calls Price up to talk about his most recent work,a detective novel entitled The Whites written under the pen name Harry Brandt. They share their love for the Milwaukee Braves and Michael gets into the starting point for Price's writing style and muse. Price espouses how after riding along with police you see things you can't see or wouldn't live to tell about otherwise.He shares the experience of following musceld police wearing bullet-proof vests, protected by his steno pad.