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Dirty Hands Paperback – October 4, 2009
About the Author
T.R. Braxton is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Dirty Hands is his first published novel.
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Braxton intentionally leaves us unsatisfied at the end, perhaps wishing to show his readers that not all stories have happy endings. One implication is that the police can be beaten. Each reader will have to decide whether s/he has a problem with the way Braxton ends the story.
The twists and turns in Mr. Braxton's urban thriller will have you wondering what is going to happen next and what lengths will these young men go to in order to keep from going to prison. Long time friendships and family love is on the line. Can these three trust each other?
A fast paced read that is so enticing you won't want to put it down.
Word of caution: The urban slang is hard to get used to at first but is necessary to bring the characters to life.
There is a lot of really, raw street talk, but it really makes the book and defines the attitudes of the three young men involved. The personality of each of the young men is in stark contrast when faced with a horrible decision. I really enjoyed the book and could not put it down.
It would definitely be a five star book with some formatting. I had difficultly reading because with the double spacing and no indents on the paragraphs, it is difficult to define each paragraph. Once I put it on the 'read' feature, I really enjoyed it and it was much easier to understand.
Best of luck with your book. It is a real winner!
by T. R. Braxton
Published Nov 2009
Three young men in Baltimore: Terrell, Shawntae and Brock. All have had too much to drink. So have the three party girls they've brought back to Terrell's apartment. When a late night argument goes too far, Brock's date reaches the end of her life in the shower with a crushed skull. Brock, who's only concern is keeping himself out of jail, manages to talk his shocked friends into standing by while he smothers the other two girls (who are still sleeping). Now that they're accomplices, Brock also insists all three must pitch in to chop up the bodies and drop them in weighted-down garbage bags into Lake Montebello.
The rest of Dirty Hands follows the actions of the three men and the police detectives assigned to the case. The reader watches, mostly through the eyes of Terrell, as guilt and mistrust wrecks the friendship and the lives of the three criminals and reveals Brock (who is Terrell's cousin) as a stone cold killer.
It's a rare book that focuses on the "bad guys," building up sympathy for or, at least, understanding of their actions. Author T. R. Braxton does this well. And whether or not it was intentional, his book Dirty Hands also illustrates one of the most disturbing aspects of today's society: the tendency of our citizens to not take responsibility for their actions. This was an interesting read.
As the technical aspects of Braxton's writing are quite professional for a first novel, and the author manages his story with skill, I do find myself wondering why he didn't find himself a traditional publisher. I bring this up because his choice to self-publish (Braxton is Montebello Books) has resulted in some unnecessary warts. First, the cover is awful. I'm sure the childish graphics/art were purposeful, but a publisher would have killed the cover the instant it was seen. Second, the book was obviously digitally produced, which in and of itself isn't a bad thing. However, there were many photocopier smudges in the copy I received. This makes the book seem less valuable or less professional. And third, there was something strange going on with the font size: it went up and down for no apparent reason, sometimes right in the middle of a sentence or paragraph. Now, with these three items dealt with, Braxton did make one unusual choice I actually enjoyed... The lines of text are double spaced and make for a pleasant read.
So, here we have an example of the good and the bad of self-publishing: an unusual and well executed story that just isn't packaged well. I hope T. R. Braxton learns from this novel and provides us with more stories. I think he has great potential.
Copyright © Clayton Clifford Bye
Most recent customer reviews
It turns into a typical murder mystery and it was an ok book to read.Read more
I'm glad I didn't pay for it! I did not like the urban slang, very difficult to translate to normal English.Read more
Although it is written in an urbanesque street talk kind of way, it is technically well executed.Read more