About The Crosstown Kid:
In the low-income part of a Florida town, kids get flushed into the gangland sewer every day. So when beat cop Rob spots a kid training on a track—trying, in other words, to actually be something—he’s intrigued.
Against the advice of his partner, he investigates the Kid and his family. What he uncovers unnerves him: the Kid’s father was a cop himself, gunned down by friendly fire. Before he knows it, Rob has uncovered a tale of police corruption and clandestine gang activity that may cost even more officers their lives.
Will helping the Kid mean exposing his own family to the corrupt cops?
Sometimes, extending your hand in help will only drag you down.
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“The one you help is never the one who helps you.”
Richard Weir uses the old adage as the basis for a wonderful, gripping tale about a beat cop that manages not to let the bad he sees leave him completely jaded. On patrol, two cops see a group of kids in a park when they should be at school. Where his partner sees fodder for the multitude of gang activity that takes place in their town, Rob sees a kid trying to rise above his lot in life. Determined to help the kid achieve his goals, whatever they may be, he tries to find the information he needs to help the kid out.
This book was extremely well written. One of the problems that I usually find with shorter stories is that they don’t tell the story as well as I think it should be told. That is not the case with The Crosstown Kid. The story, despite it’s brevity, is complete. I love the realism in the story. The story is told from first person, reflective perspective. The narrator often comments that “if I had known then, I’d have…” This style fits the story very well and kept me intrigued. Every time he commented how he would have done something differently, I had to find out why.
I have to give this one a 10. I enjoyed this story tremendously and I hope to see more from this author in the future.
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