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Winner of the British Book Award for Best Crime & Thriller Novel 2017

Winner of the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2016

Winner of the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016

Winner of the LA Times Book Prize 2017

Shortlisted for the British Book Award for Overall Book of the Year 2017

Shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel 2017

Shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction 2017

'This is - quite simply - one of the best books I've read in a VERY long time' – Don Winslow

‘One of the best literary crime novels you will read in your lifetime’ – Donald Ray Pollock

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

When East, a low-level lookout for a Los Angeles drug organisation, loses his watch house in a police raid, his boss recruits him for a very different job: a road trip - straight down the middle of white, rural America - to assassinate a judge in Wisconsin.

Having no choice, East and a crew of untested boys - including his trigger-happy younger brother, Ty - leave the only home they’ve ever known in a nondescript blue van, with a roll of cash, a map and a gun they shouldn’t have.

Along the way, the country surprises East. The blood on his hands isn’t the blood he expects. And he reaches places where only he can decide which way to go - or which person to become.

By way of The Wire and in the spirit of Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan and Richard Price’s Clockers, Dodgers is itself something entirely original: a gripping literary crime novel with a compact cast whose intimate story opens up to become a reflection on the nature of belonging and reinvention.

'Told in precise, economical prose, Bill Beverly's debut novel Dodgers is well worth the read' – Guardian

'A road movie, a coming-of-age tale, a crime novel of gritty realism and a hugely impressive debut' – Irish Times

'Violent, insightful and beautifully written' – Metro

'An intense, dangerous debut' – Express

'Exposes the real fears and deep sadness of teenagers who grow up in a world of poverty, drugs and violence' – Times

From Publishers Weekly

08 February 2016 – Beverly (On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover's America) makes his fiction debut with a dazzling crime novel that's equal parts coming-of-age tale la Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and travelogue la Kerouac. East, a 15-year old gang member from South L.A., sets out for Wisconsin with three other teenage boys at the behest of his uncle, on a mission to kill a key witness in an upcoming trial. Along for the ride is East's brother, Ty, an emotionless killer at 13. The revelations experienced by the young men as they drive cross-country through America's heartland are life changing, and in some cases, life ending. The narrative is simultaneously coldhearted and lyrical. For example, the dark, abandoned houses in a neighborhood known as the Boxes are described as "a row of loose teeth," and planes flash "like blades" in the morning sky. Readers won't soon forget East and his bloody journey of self-discovery and, ultimately, salvation.
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 05 April 2016
  • Publisher: Oldcastle Books
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
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