Dodgers by Bill Beverly
This impressive novel has been lauded and applauded by many commentators, including The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Irish Times to name but a few. The praise is strong and well deserved. Dodgers is a very fine read indeed.
East is a 15-year-old black gang member from Compton in LA. His entire life has been a struggle for survival. East’s mother is an alcoholic, and his 13-year-old brother, Ty, has become a sociopathic triggerman for the criminal gang that also employs East as a ‘Yardman’.
It’s when the cops manage to successfully raid the crack house that East has responsibility for watching over, that the young gangster finds himself called to a meeting with Fin, the mercurial leader of the organisation. East has always believed Fin to be the brother of his absentee father, but it emerges that Fin is actually his father (not quite…
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