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While scavenging the streets of Detroit for scrap metal, Kelly rescues a kidnapped boy and, briefly celebrated as a hero, secretly takes on the responsibility of avenging the boy's unsolved kidnapping, which forces him to confront his own past trauma and dangerous memories.
Publisher: New York City, New York : Soho Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9781616955212
Branch Call Number: FIC BELL, MATT
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 22 cm


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Scrapper has a wonderful premise: a scavenger in an abandoned city finds a kidnapped boy. What works extraordinarily well in this novel is the casting of Detroit as a character. Bell paints the city in such a manner that I found myself repeatedly looking up information about Detroit to better understand this city. He handles the city with affection and trepidation. I was scared of Detroit, but I understood why it was to be feared—it had been abused, abandoned, and forgotten. It's Bell's treatment of the setting that makes this city alive.

As the book proceeds, it does become largely psychological and I think it could've done with more solid story telling to back up what was going on in the mind of Kelly. Nevertheless, I was greatly impressed with Bell's writing and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.

Dec 27, 2015

Couldn't finish this book, very rare for me. Too repetitive, moves very slowly, annoying writing style (my opinion).


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