After his older brother is gunned down, six-foot-three-inch, 14-year-old Junius sets his heart on vengeance and makes for the Rindge Towers, a three-building slum uneasily shared by two rival pushers. What starts as a narrative limited to the point-of-view of the remorseless teen widens—and widens and widens—until it encompasses a huge cast of characters, including kids, cops, and a legion of small-time thugs. Harwood’s cutaway view of a single bloody day in a housing project is an impressive feat, undercut only by the sameness of some of the warriors, who come fast and furious with names like Big Pickup, Black Jesus, and Seven Heaven. Despite these monikers, there’s nothing cartoonish about the story, which powers forward with a blunt and violent vulgarity: “He pushed the door open and headed out to see what the fuck.” There is a mystery here—who really pulled the trigger on Junius’ bro?—but the point is clearly the bad-versus-worse decisions brought on by bloodlust. Given the characters’ brutality, Harwood’s empathy runs deeply indeed. --Daniel Kraus
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"Seth Harwood is my favorite new American writer. I recommend this book, all his books, to you. You'll thank me. Just wait."
-- Tom Franklin, bestselling author of Poachers, Hell at the Breech
and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter"The plot moves but you will be most taken by the complexity of the large cast of characters. Harwood does not revert to type."
--George Pelecanos, bestselling author of Hell to Pay
, Drama City
, The Night Gardener
, What It Was
, King Suckerman
and others; and writer for HBO's The Wire"Harwood lifts the lid off a public housing project in Cambridge, Mass., exploring the pressure cooker environment that forces young black men into a life of drugs and violence." --Mark Coggins, author of Candy from Strangers, The Immortal Game and Vulture Capital.YOUNG JUNIUS is an urban western by Seth Harwood. Junius is a 14 year old on his own quest for vengeance and redemption. What looks from the outset to be a simple matter of track and shoot soon spirals out of control. With police and rival gangs out to get him Junius decides to stand instead of run and when all is said and done, his life is much different than when he started this path. Harwood has really captured the angst of a young man confused by what the world tells him and what the world is. Required reading. --Crimespree Magazine