Dodgers by Bill Beverly
A Novel

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...it’s problematic when it comes to his arc as a character. An interesting debut that doesn't quite live up to its promise.
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Synopsis

Dodgers is a dark, unforgettable coming-of-age journey that recalls the very best of Richard Price, Denis Johnson, and J.D. Salinger.

It is the story of a young LA gang member named East, who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys—including East's hothead younger brother—to kill a key witness hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey takes East out of a city he's never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him, ultimately forcing him to grapple with his place in the world and decide what kind of man he wants to become.
 
Written in stark and unforgettable prose and featuring an array of surprising and memorable characters rendered with empathy and wit, Dodgers heralds the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.

WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE 2017 FOR BEST MYSTERY/THRILLER
WINNER OF THE CWA GOLDSBORO GOLD DAGGER 2016 FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF THE CWA JOHN CREASEY NEW BLOOD DAGGER 2016 FOR BEST DEBUT CRIME NOVEL
WINNER OF THE MARK TWAIN AMERICAN VOICE IN LITERATURE AWARD
FINALIST FOR THE PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD 2017 FOR DEBUT FICTION
LONGLISTED FOR ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL 2017 FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION
NOMINATED FOR THE EDGAR AWARD 2017 FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL
 

About Bill Beverly

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BILL BEVERLY grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and studied at Oberlin College and the University of Florida. His research on criminal fugitives and the stories surrounding them became the book On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover’s America. He teaches American literature and writing at Trinity University in Washington, DC.
 
Published April 5, 2016 by Crown. 294 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Jan 21 2016

...it’s problematic when it comes to his arc as a character. An interesting debut that doesn't quite live up to its promise.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 21 2016

...a dazzling crime novel...Readers won’t soon forget East and his bloody journey of self-discovery and, ultimately, salvation.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Jabari Asim on Apr 21 2016

Although Beverly evokes the great outdoors with photographic ­clarity, claustrophobia effectively haunts his narrative.

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