by Charles Bock |
REVIEWED BY JOANNA POWELL
This edgy first novel is producing big buzz—and for good reason. Bock, the son of Las Vegas pawnbrokers, writes gorgeously about the odd lowlifes who populate his city’s seedy underbelly. But at its core, his tale concerns runaways like Newell, 12, who mysteriously disappears during a night out with an older, unstable friend. Bock’s debut is a disturbing, unforgettable portrait of the doomed “beautiful children” of the street.