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Published by No Exit Press, 7 April 2016. ISBN: 978 1 782271 70 3
is a road novel with a twist – East is a teenager (14/15 years old) and running
his own crew looking after a drug house for a Los Angeles drug gang run by Fin,
a local drug baron. East’s half-brother, Ty, is a couple of years younger and
neither he nor East has lived at home for some time. When East’s house is
raided by the police, he is summoned to see Fin; he goes, thinking that he will
be held responsible and is resigned to suffering the consequences, but Fin
orders him, Ty and two other young men to go to Wisconsin to kill a judge due
to give evidence against the gang. The oldest of the group is 20 and at least
two of them have never left Los Angeles. The ill-matched quartet set out in a
minivan and, as they travel further out into the landscape, the atmosphere
inside the van becomes more tense and more claustrophobic. The plan goes awry, and
though they manage to carry out the assignment, relationships sour and
fracture. East shoots Ty, steals a car, abandons it and continues his journey
on foot, until he eventually finds employment at a paintball range (no
questions asked about his age). He works here until Perry, his employer, dies
and Ty, now an integral part of Fin’s organisation, comes to take him back to
The language used and the pace of the storytelling
weave an evocative picture of an American journey, supporting the story
beautifully. This is an absorbing read - a debut novel well worth looking at.
Reviewer: Jo Hesslewood
Bill Beverly was
born and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He studied literature and writing at
Oberlin College. He then studied fiction ad pursued a Ph.D in American
literature at 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
lives with his wife and daughter in Maryland , and teaches American literature
and writing at Trinity University in Washington, DC.
Jo Hesslewood. Crime fiction has been my favourite
reading material since as a teenager I first spotted Agatha Christie on the
library bookshelves.For twenty-five
years the commute to and from London provided plenty of reading time.I am fortunate to live in Cambridge, where my
local crime fiction book club, Crimecrackers, meets at Heffers Bookshop .I enjoy attending crime fiction events and
currently organise events for the Margery Allingham Society.