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Text Ñ × Christopher Chambers In the streets of the nation’s capital a homeless man must uickly learn the ropes of being a detective after a wealthy ex government official sets him up to take the fall in a cat and mouse game of greed deceit and murderDickie Cornish’s lives in a homeless camp dotting the Smithsonian’s Museum of National History addled by the K2 and liuor he prays will blunt the pain of a harsh winter the cruelty of Donald Trump’s capital and the enduring nightmares from his youth He makes a few dollars a day turning the possessions of evicted tenants into curb flotsam scavenging what he can from the wreckage of other lives to save hisOn Got a galley and can't wait to have the final version I completed a review of the author's first novel Sympathy for the Devil written almost 20 years ago with the same setting and it is amazing how this is the same author regarding tone voice tense shift point of view characters But the fundamental tie is a protagonist that has endured will endure and simply outlasts not outfights or out clevers the antagonists and the forces they represent One a homeless alcohol and drug addled the other a black female FBI agent The latter was a pioneer story for 2001 and the dark things rampant in that year; this new one Dickie Cornish is a pioneer for 2020 It is a standard crime book on one level hard boiled and noir than Sympathy But all that means is that Chambers remained true to the genre's mainstay detective elements including temptresses shady lawyers gunsels yet fitted them into a world we know is there but avoid It's that realism is a character itself It's that realism propels the story Life here is not a straight march but a pinball game if readers are old enough to know what that is Bumps and pings pure luck good or bad mistakes and victory

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Download Scavenger Book ↠ 386 pages Ù In the streets of the nation’s capital a homeless man must uickly learn the ropes of being a detective after a wealthy ex government official sets him up to take the fall in a cat and mouse game of greed deceit and murderDickie Cornish’s lives in a homeless camp dotting the Smithsonian’s Museum o One expedition Dickie gets lucky as he uncovers a treasure in the trash of a wealthy ex Homeland Security Secretary Jamie Bracht But his joy is short lived when he simultaneously finds out that his dear friends who escaped the shelters for a decent life have been murdered In fury he attacks the local cops lands in jail then is plucked out by Bracht who has a job for him find a woman using the sub level network of the streets and the underground world of undocumented immigrants In return Bracht promises Dickie a fresh clean start at a new lifeBefore long Dickie discovers that the woman he is supposed to locate guards another treas Got an early copy elsewhere in exchange for an honest review Figured I might as well post it here tooWhile it took a little time to get into the flow of the narrative style and multilingual dialogue once it got going I found Scavenger to be a pretty wild ride Granted second person narration isn't for everyone However the choice seemed appropriate in that it immediate places the reader on the level of our drug addicted and homeless but nevertheless gifted protagonist Dickie CornishAre some of the plot points implausible as suggested by another review featured here? Perhaps But this is obvious noir where implausibility is baked in if the mystery was straightforward we wouldn't need an army of overlooked to solve it for us In fact the plot hinges on this distinction; are we meant to believe the outlandish warnings of those we typically overlook or the reassurances of the wealthy and powerful who may be pulling strings we cannot see?If you're willing to give this story a few chapters to introduce its rhythm to you and maybe google a few key Spanish phrases assuming you are not already familiar the ride is worth the investment Most reminiscent for me of George Pelecanos and Richard Price and of course The Wire since they both contributed heavily with some of the underlying rage at the conspiratorial failings of the government and its sanctioned agents as found in Don Winslow and James Elroy

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Scavenger Ure that Bracht will stop at nothing―even murder―to retrieve In his achingly amateur role as sleuth and guardian Dickie must uell his demons and use his scavenger skills and street smarts to deny Bracht his prizeand save himself from the big frame upSCAVENGER is a 21st century take on the noir hardboiled tales of the 20th with both bleak and colorful backdrops in the nation’s capital of today It is layered with characters whose damage outlines why they love lose double cross and even kill Dickie Cornish is a new kind of detective one who is a street wise local and a neophyte detective learning to play a new game as it unfold I read the ARC provided as a fiction book club review for Fall and Winter 2020 I didn't think I was going like it given the description but I did Primarily because the characters and settings are at once heartbreaking and vivid The novel itself is a straight crime mystery with the usual tropes and turns yet very neo noir It is likely a homage to George Pelecanos as it is set in the Nations Capital and flavored with Mosely's Devil in a Blue Dress After that it stands alone The author gives us a sleuth who must learn the game very uickly or risk losing everything and everyone which in of itself is the paradox has a homeless man cleaning out evicted tenants for wealthy landlords he feels he had nothing to lose His new life as a gumshoe teaches him differently It might be too hardcore for some of our ladies given the real life urban language but I am recommended it regardless