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Dodgers: A Novel af Bill Beverly
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Dodgers: A Novel (original 2016; udgave 2016)

af Bill Beverly (Forfatter)

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Sent by his uncle along with his hotheaded brother and other teens to kill a major witness, East, a young gang member from Los Angeles, finds his perspectives changed by his encounters outside of the city.
Medlem:egsanford
Titel:Dodgers: A Novel
Forfattere:Bill Beverly (Forfatter)
Info:Crown (2016), 304 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
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Dodgers af Bill Beverly (2016)

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For once the back cover text nails it: Dodgers is something entirely original. A gripping literary crime novel wih a compact cast whose intimate story opens up to become a reflection on the nature of belonging and reinvention. ( )
  Lysann | May 20, 2021 |
Dodgers by Bill Beverly is a beautifully written coming-of-age crime novel with grit, character and heart. The story follows the journey of East, an LA gang member, who, along with three other black teenagers, is on a mission to kill a witness in an upcoming trial. East has never been out of his neighbourhood and so this journey is eye-opening for him in many ways.

East, although only fifteen, is a leader. The others declare him “no fun” but they do respect him and mostly listen to him as he tries to keep them on task. The team consists of Ty, East’s psychotic half-brother who, at thirteen, is truly terrifying. Overweight Walter is smart, he knows how to manipulate both paperwork and people to his advantage. Finally, there is Michael, a college student who pushes drugs on campus, loves to enjoy life and has been sent on this job to give the group some shred of middle-class respectability. As they travel along, East’s control of the group is continually challenged by arguments, fights and the temptations that are met along the way.

I was absolutely enthralled by this book as the author’s descriptive writing and his ability to make these junior assassins spring to life moved the story along at a good pace. East is a unique character, an interesting blend of young and old, innocent and experienced, that you can’t help but feel an attachment for. Dodgers was an unforgettable road trip and a great read. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 16, 2021 |
This isn't the kind of book I would normally pick up for leisure reading -- but underneath the grittiness and the language, it is a (admittedly violent) coming-of-age story. Also, I really enjoy stories that travel across the country (probably because I've done so many road trips now), and found Earl's observations on the different states and commentary on small town Ohio all too true-to-life.

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  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Fantastic. Looking very much forward to the sequel. ( )
  ParadisePorch | Dec 12, 2020 |
Un livre très noir et très ambigu... déroutant et intéressant. ( )
  Nikoz | Jul 24, 2019 |
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Alhoewel gepresenteerd als thriller is Weg veel meer een soort van coming-of-age roman. East is een vijftienjarige jongen die als bewaker van een drugspand actief. De politie rolt het drugspand op. East is er getuige van dat een jong meisje slachtoffer wordt van de gewelddadigheden die tijdens het oprollen van het drugspand. Van de leider van de criminele bende krijgt hij hierna de opdracht om een belangrijke getuige die in het Midwesten woonachtig is te liquideren...lees verder >
 
Four LA gang members travel east on a take out mission...what follows is a journey not only filled with miscalculations, misunderstandings, and a car ride through the US, but the story takes you on East's struggle with who he is, who he doesn't want to become, and the life he seemingly is bound to live. It's a fast paced tale that concludes in a surprising, unexpected manner, and it's an action driven plot that has the reader glimpse into the life of what it means to be an urban, black youth in America.
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