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Third and Indiana: A Novel by Steve Lopez
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Third and Indiana: A Novel

by Steve Lopez

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Excellent Philly fiction by Inquirer writer Lopez.
  aunthez | Dec 28, 2010 |
It's easy to see how Lopez's time as a columnist in big cities has left him somewhat cynical. There is a sense of hopelessness in many characters throughout this novel. Yet there is an underlying eternal hope in some of their actions that make this book an engaging read. ( )
  Dutchfan | Mar 23, 2010 |
From describing characters motivations and mindsets, to explaining the details of a drug riddled neighborhood I got the feeling that this author had been there and done that. Although the semi predictable converging storyline of 3 main characters seemed to struggle at times. The feelings and actions of the mother seemed obvious and gave her very little depth and made her actions seem redundant.
Not a bad book from a sociological, understanding peoples actions, standpoint. But shallow as far as some of the characters actions and development. ( )
  puttzy | Dec 10, 2009 |
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Set in Philadelphia's badlands, where drug gangs rule the streets, this debut novel has the explosive authenticity, the narrative drive, and the tender passion to knock you out of your seat! Fourteen-year-old Gabriel's father skipped two years ago. Now his mother, Ofelia, is searching for her runaway son, riding her bicycle at night through the city's darkest, most violent stretch. The pavement beneath her is mysteriously painted with chalk outlines of bodies ...… (more)

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