Dark by Kenji Jasper

Dark

Kenji Jasper

19 year old Thai is on the run after killing a man in a fit of jealousy. In a series of fast-paced encounters over the following seven days, he is shown possibilities of a life he has never dreamed of. I was expecting a typical urban American crime novel with lots of drugs and violence but also uncovered a deeper read which had me rooting for our hero.

Extract

In the dark I walked over to the kitchen and got the last can of Sprite from the fridge and opened it. I sipped it on the sofa and listened to the bubbling sound the liquid made inside the open can. White boys could play spades. There was a whole world I hadn't seen, and winning wasn't everything. When the last cool drop of lemon-lime refreshment slid down my throat I lay back on the sofa and touched the spot where my face was still bruised. I thought about whoever it was who had hit me the night before and a bunch of questions surfaced that I didn't want to deal with. I told myself I'd find the answers tomorrow and drifted off.

Parallels
  • Shoedog by George Pelecanos
  • The Dying Ground by Nichelle Tramble