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Dodgers

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
Barry Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
Edgar Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
Macavity Awards Best First Book (nominee)
Dagger Awards Best Book (nominee)
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

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"From the moment we encounter East, a mostly silent kid who 'didn't look like much,' we are initiated into his gaze on the malfunctioning world, a kind of concentrated, exquisite hypervigilance that is both his burden and his gift. It is this quality of attention that makes Dodgers such an intense read -- inescapable, inevitable, impossible to set aside. We can no more turn off East's vision -- and the sense of urgency that comes with it -- than he himself can, and we are along for the ride. The truth-telling and pared-down purity of voice here are reminiscient of Denis Johnson, as if this novel were not written but channelled. This is a beautiful, extraordinary book." - Wendy Brenner

"Dark, edgy and riveting and, for all that, deeply, humanly serious, Dodgers is white knuckles for the mind. I love this book and will closely follow Bill Beverly forever hereafter." - Robert Olen Butler

"A terrific novel, urgent, thrilling, and dangerous from start to finish. In East, Mr. Beverly has created a character who stays in the mind after the book is finished, an Odysseus straight out of Compton. His venture into the unknown lands of the American Midwest has a classic, mythic shape and scope. And the writing throughout is lovely, economical and exact. You could read this for the sentences alone." - Kevin Canty

"Bill Beverly’s wild and auspicious debut takes off from page one and never lets up. Dodgers, a kind of modernized and urban take on Theodore Weesner’s The Car Thief, is lightning-quick and world-wise, full of pitch-perfect dialogue and criminal misadventure. Most importantly, it’s a lot of fun." - Tom Cooper

"In Dodgers, Bill Beverly delivers with honesty and empathy as he takes us into the hope-killing shadow of LA’s street-level drug kingdom. His prose are a perfect match for young East’s life-altering journey; spare, clear-eyed and with the cutting edge of flint. Beverly leads us into the heart of a young man molded by circumstance and, much as Richard Price’s The Whites, gives a view that will change the way you look at the world." - Susan Crandall

"Bill Beverly’s gritty and propulsive debut novel, Dodgers, is more than a riveting read; it is a stunning literary achievement. Our hero, East, a fifteen-year old hit man, drives across America on a deadly mission, from the mean streets of LA to the heart of the heart of the country. East is a character as memorable and as haunting as any I’ve met in contemporary fiction. And he’s not alone in that van, but there is room for one more. So hop in, but strap on your seatbelt and hold on to your hat. The road’s a little bumpy—and more than a little terrifying— up ahead." - John Dufresne

"The main protagonist's voice is both touching and engrossing, a modern version of Holden Caulfield had he been born in Compton and a generation or so later, and his itinerary both geographical and mental is a poetic as well as profane, delicate joy to behold. A character study of the highest quality as well as a thriller as addictive as crack. Without the shadow of a doubt, a book that will come to be seen as a landmark in US crime writing." - Maxim Jakubowski

"Reading Dodgers is like having the veil lifted from your eyes: the world is more vivid, more intense, more exquisite, and more terrifying than you ever knew. Bill Beverly is a conjurer, a poet of the dark arts, and his novel is a spell: when he sends his young drug-world protagonist on a deadly errand in the alien landscape east of L.A.—that fat swath of America known to him only by its names and its shapes on maps—it is you who makes the journey, who is the stranger in a strange land, a watcher who now feels the eyes of others wherever you go, and who must pay the devastating tolls of crossing boundaries. Hypnotic, breath-taking, bruising, beautiful, important, true—choose your adjectives, this is a great novel." - Tim Johnston

"Dodgers is a wickedly good amalgamation of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Clockers that stands firmly on its own as a remarkable debut. A Harrowing road trip into the heart of America that will shock you, move you, and leave you marveling at its desolate poetry. A real accomplishment: a book that makes you see the familiar through new eyes. It will stick with me for a long, long time." - Richard Lange

"Propulsive, brutally honest and yet unexpectedly tender, Dodgers is one of the best debuts I've read. I was absolutely gripped by the voice, the world of East and his brother, and surprised at nearly ever turn. I audibly gasped at the end." - Attica Locke

"Akin to William Gibson in its staccato blizzard of sentences, each as taut and tight as a drumhead, and reminiscent of James Ellroy in its sense of social injustice and of a life and upbringing etched caustically across the pages. A compelling debut." - Luke McCallin

"I try not to read thrillers because they tend to keep me up to all hours of the night, and I don’t have the time. Bill Beverly’s Dodgers (No Exit Press) broke through my wall of self-denial and, yes, I did stay up late for two nights to finish it. Four black boys in a gang from Los Angeles are given a job: drive across the country to carry out a hit on a black judge. What can go wrong? Everything, of course. The prose is tight, the dialogue rhythmic, the pacing fast, the violence measured, and the ending unexpected. So what if I lost some sleep?" - Viet Thanh Nguyen

"Not only is the fast-paced and masterfully plotted Dodgers one of the greatest literary crime novels you will read in your lifetime, Bill Beverley has also created, in the teenage boy, East, one of the most unforgettable and heartbreaking characters ever encountered in American fiction." - Donald Ray Pollock

"Not only is the fast-paced and masterfully plotted Dodgers one of the greatest literary crime novels you will read in your lifetime, Bill Beverly has also created, in the teenage boy, East, one of the most unforgettable and heartbreaking characters ever encountered in American fiction." - Donald Ray Pollock

"Dodgers transcends genres. Its main character East, is part Kerouac's Sal Paradise, Part Wrights' Bigger Thomas, and even part Salinger's Holden Caulfield. The hero's journey is an American story." - Ernesto Quiñonez

"The sentences will snare you, and the story keeps you hooked — a thrilling cross-country journey that takes on the poetry and resonance of myth." - Adam Sternbergh

"I knew before I'd gone very far into Bill Beverly's superb first novel that I was about to lose some sleep, since putting it down seemed to be beyond me. To say it's a page-turner doesn't do it justice, though it certainly is. It's also much more. His characters are vivid and real, and yes, sometimes they'll break your heart. The world they inhabit--no matter where they may be at a given moment--all but leaps off the page. It's a winner. So is its author." - Steve Yarbrough


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Hardback Editions

October 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Dodgers (Thorndike Press Large Print Bill's Bookshelf)
Author(s): Bill Beverly
ISBN: 1-4104-9418-7 / 978-1-4104-9418-4 (USA edition)
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Title: Dodgers
Author(s): Bill Beverly
ISBN: 1-84344-856-4 / 978-1-84344-856-3 (UK edition)
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April 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Dodgers: A Novel
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Paperback Editions

December 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dodgers
Author(s): Bill Beverly
ISBN: 1-84344-778-9 / 978-1-84344-778-8 (UK edition)
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January 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dodgers: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-101-90375-9 / 978-1-101-90375-9 (USA edition)
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March 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dodgers
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ISBN: 1-84344-857-2 / 978-1-84344-857-0 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

May 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Dodgers
Author(s): Bill Beverly
ISBN: 1-4894-1303-0 / 978-1-4894-1303-1 (Australia edition)
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May 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Dodgers
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ISBN: 1-4894-1302-2 / 978-1-4894-1302-4 (Australia edition)
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May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Dodgers
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May 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Dodgers
Author(s): Bill Beverly
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May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Dodgers
Author(s): Bill Beverly
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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April 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Dodgers: A Novel
Author(s): Bill Beverly
ISBN: 1-101-92357-1 / 978-1-101-92357-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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April 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Dodgers: A Novel
Author(s): Bill Beverly
Publisher: Random House Audio
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April 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Dodgers: A Novel
Author(s): Bill Beverly
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

April 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Dodgers: A Novel
Author(s): Bill Beverly
Publisher: Crown
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April 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Dodgers: The award winning debut literary crime novel
Author(s): Bill Beverly
Publisher: No Exit Press
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