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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"Novels written from the perspective of homeless substance users don't come along every day. When they do, it's a good idea to pay attention, since they offer a window into the casual cruelty of our social economy, which much fiction eschews. Christopher Chambers' new mystery Scavenger offers just such a window." —Washington City Paper

In the streets of the nation’s capita
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Paperback, 386 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Three Rooms Press
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Tracy Clark
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Received an early copy of this book. Wow. Chambers comes out of the box swinging hard in this fast-moving, down-and-dirty crime novel that kicks up the tarp on the sleazy, duplicitous, double-dealing underbelly of our nation’s capital. Into this shadowy knot of deceit walks unconventional detective, Dickie Cornish, a homeless, down on-his-luck survivor for whom the stakes couldn’t be higher, or the risks greater. Two thumbs up for Chambers!
Victor Wright
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, fiction
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, ...more
Dolores Barclay
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dickie Cornish lives in an unseen and unwanted world in Washington, D.C., where he protects the forgotten and damaged and provides them with the supplies they need as homeless dwellers camping in the shadow of the Smithsonian. Dickie is not what he seems – he is educated and comes from a different world, but now his brain and life are polluted by drugs and alcohol. He is still capable of functioning, though, and Dickie is a pro, a scavenger who can get anything you need or want:
“You flip up one
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derek chelf
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Got an early copy elsewhere in exchange for an honest review. Figured I might as well post it here too:

While 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 Cornish.

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Chris Az
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 gi ...more
Gary
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dug the hell out of this story. Literary cinema verite, Chris delivers a sly, slick and twisty hardcore mystery that drops you in the protagonist's world. Get yourself a glass of something you like to sip on and crack Scavenger open.
ChrisS
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Why isn't this on Netflix or Prime???
Dan
Aug 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Dickie Cornish is a homeless vet, addicted to drugs and makes money buy scavenging. He gets hired by some rich guy to find a woman and that’s about all I get out of the story. Written in a way that I couldn’t grasp (street language?) and it didn’t my interest, not did I care about Dickie. I know it is a mystery noir, but the mystery for me is why? Sorry, it didn’t work for me.
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Christopher Chambers is a professor of media studies, as well as a novelist published through Random House, MacMillan and Three Rooms Press. His forthcoming novel, Scavenger will be published in October 2020. His previous works include the novels A Prayer for Deliverance and Sympathy for the Devil (NAACP Image Award nominee); the graphic anthology (with Gary Phillips) The Darker Mask; and the PEN/ ...more

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