Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday's Forgotten Books

Street Raised by Pearce Hansen, Point Blank Publishing 2006.

Product Descripton (from Amazon): When Speedy raises from Pelican Bay State Prison, he hitchhikes home to Oakland only to find his little brother Willy a homeless crack addict, and his best friend Fat Bob bouncing in SF's underground punk clubs. When two of their childhood homeboys get wrapped in chains by Nuestra Familia drug dealers and thrown in the American River alive, our heroes somehow get it together enough to plot revenge. Sure, it maybe takes the edge of Speedy's game a little when he starts playing house with beautiful phone psychic Carmel. And it complicates things a bit more when Officer Louis, the same cop who put Speedy in prison, starts dogging their steps like an unwelcome relative. But when a racist coven of skinheads comes howling for Speedy & Carmel's blood, and a serial killer with a Monster in his head decides that Speedy is the answer to all his unholy prayers, things get REALLY interesting . . .

My Review: Street Raised is a raw, gritty, fast paced, beautifully written novel. It breathes with authenticity and a depth that captured me from the first word. Speedy's character is so real it felt as if I'd known him all my life. I loved this book and I gave it a 5 star rating on Goodreads. I highly recommend it if you're into crime novels.

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  1. I've only read some of his short stories which I really liked and have had him on my list for a while. I'll have to have dig into this one.