Another book review, another debut author, this one entitled “Dodgers” by Bill Beverly. East, the main character, has grown up in the gang culture of Los Angeles. East’s uncle is a high-ranking gang member to whom East is employed as lookout. After their stash house gets raided, East and three other young men are told to kill a witness who is hiding out in Wisconsin. The boys quickly learn that middle America is very different from home, and the skills they learned in L.A. don’t translate. They seem shocked to learn how much they stick out. As East sees more of the world, he begins to contemplate his place in it.
The Midwest is prominently featured in this novel, Iowa especially. There is an attempted gun purchase, and a successful gun purchase, both taking place in our fair state. The Des Moines airport gets lengthy page time.
I could not put this book down. It has the wonderful quality of being both a quick read and beautifully written. “Dodgers” is a coming-of-age novel about kids who have to grow up quickly. It’s dark and gritty, but also humane and tender. “Dodgers” is the best literary crime novel since “Descent” by Tim Johnston. I look forward to what Bill Beverly
does next. CV
|by Bill Beverly
Crown Publishing Group