Three-Fifths (Paperback)
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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 06/05/2021
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Multi-layered and absorbing, Vercher’s sensational debut interrogates the toxic relationship between a Black man passing as white and his best friend - who has returned from prison a violent racist – with nuance, power and almost unbearable suspense.

Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2021

Pittsburgh, 1995.

Twenty-two year old Bobby Saraceno is a biracial black man, passing for white. Bobby has hidden his identity from everyone, even his best friend and fellow comic-book geek, Aaron, who has just returned from prison a newly radicalized white supremacist.

During the night of their reunion, Bobby witnesses Aaron mercilessly assault a young black man with a brick. In the wake of this horrifying act of violence, Bobby must conceal his unwitting involvement in the crime from the police, as well as battle with his own personal demons.

A harrowing story about racism and brutality that is more urgent now than ever.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782276876
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Vercher's searing first novel is set 25 years ago, but its subject couldn't be more timely... this mesmerising debut doesn't shy away' - Sunday Times' Crime Book of the Month

'John Vercher has such love and compassion for his characters in Three-Fifths that I couldn't help but be sucked into their lives from the very first pages. It's so incredibly suspenseful that I was continually surprised by the story and deeply moved by the time I turned the last page' - Attica Locke

'Short, lucid and harrowing' - Observer, Thrillers of the Month

'Dark, gritty and thrilling' - Daily Mail

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Terence, Bookseller Newry

“A touching and poignant allergory”

Many books claim to be 'unputdownable'- this one really is, be prepared to lose sleep!
Set in 1995 at the height of the O.J. Simpson trial and in the aftermath of the Rodney King murder, this may seem at... More

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“Wow!”

I was blown away by Three-Fifths. It’s an incredible book and a superb debut.

Adeptly weaving together tales of family, racial stereotyping and divide, friendship and peril it is one of the most intense yet hypnotic... More

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“Astonishing, important and hugely poignant...”

This seemingly simple synopsis disguises a work of such intensity and emotion that it will rattle around your mind, and intrude on your thoughts for days after reading it. Despite a relatively slim page count, this... More

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