- Copertina flessibile: 268 pagine
- Editore: Createspace (9 novembre 2009)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1449571700
- ISBN-13: 978-1449571702
- Peso di spedizione: 467 g
Apparently Gang Related (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 9 nov 2009
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Long enough to fully develop the plot, short enough to have the reader wanting more. Cannot wait to see what situation Dr. Brown will deal with next.
The story moves ahead with very few, if any, clues about who murdered a supposedly innocent student, Roderick Davis, who was unexplainably in the school in the middle of the night. In the end, the situation becomes very complicated and a whole criminal empire is exposed.
Apparently Gang Related never slows down the moment the horses are out of their gates. Its characters are well developed and by the end you get the feeling that you have know them sometime, somewhere in your life.
For me, a retired teacher who put in sixteen years in Detroit Public Schools, it was refreshing to read a crime novel set in the system and created by somebody who was a veteran career employee. The book is more than just a crime novel. If you spend just a little time reading between the lines, you can understand how very demanding it is to work in a large, urban high school that has to serve all students regardless of their IQ, race, or criminal record. A good example of this is how Assistant Principal Jamison Brown often arrives as school and is immediately confronted with angry parents coming in to challenge him, lay blame on the school for the problems their children are having, or even provoke fights between students. Another example of the author's knowledge of the inner workings of the machine is his example of how a top-level downtown administrator is using a building principal as a pawn in a game to advance herself up the administrative ladder. An observant reader essentially gets two crime novels for the price of one: the murder of Roderick Davis and who did it and the web of crime and corruption that, at the time, was plaguing an essentially good school system that over previous decades had done an excellent job.
As for the author, I can assure you that he too has a lot of his life exposed in his story. Grady Jones writing a crime novel set in Detroit Public Schools is like reading a non-fiction book about the war in Afghanistan written by a diligent, smart, battle-hardened marine who knew how to fight on, stay alive, and be loyal to his unit.