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Three-Fifths Paperback – 1 December 2020

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  • Publisher : Pushkin Vertigo (1 December 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1782276610
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1782276616
  • Dimensions : 21.5 x 2 x 13.7 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 146 ratings

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Vercher's searing first novel is set 25 years ago, but its subject couldn't be more timely... this mesmerising debut doesn't shy away ― Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month

John Vercher has such love and compassion for his characters in Three-Fifths that I couldn't help but be sucked into their lives from the very first pages. It's so incredibly suspenseful that I was continually surprised by the story and deeply moved by the time I turned the last page ― Attica Locke

John Vercher takes a timely, yet tragically timeless, cautionary tale and turns it into something so heartfelt, so frightening and dazzling that it sits easily amongst the best crime fiction novels I've read this year. Brutal and powerful, I adored it ― Chris Whitaker

Short, lucid and harrowing ― Observer, Thrillers of the Month

Mesmerising ― Sunday Times Crime Club

Intelligent, heart-rending psychological novel... utterly devastating -- Paul Burke ― Crime Time

'Three-Fifths is compelling and powerfully moving' ― Guardian

Three-Fifths by John Vercher is the emotional gut punch we need at this moment. Vercher puts us in the tortured mind of man who's very existence is an inflection point of race, masculinity and ultimately redemption. Three-Fifths is not to be missed -- S.A. Cosby, author of Blacktop Wasteland

A vicious murder is at the centre of Three-Fifths, an impressive debut -- Best Books of October ― Independent

Mesmeric... remarkable ― Financial Times

About the Author

John Vercher is a writer currently living in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two sons. He holds a Bachelor's in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Mountainview Master of Fine Arts program.

His fiction has appeared on Akashic Books' Mondays are Murder and Fri-SciFi. and he is a contributing writer for Cognoscenti, the thoughts and opinions page of WBUR Boston. Two of his essays published there on race, identity, and parenting were picked up by NPR, and he has appeared on WBUR's Weekend Edition. His non-fiction has also appeared in Entropy Magazine. You can find him on his website www.johnvercherauthor.com and on Twitter at @jverch75.

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