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For fans of THE DOG STARS and STATION ELEVEN, SCRAPPER traces one man’s desperate quest for redemption in a devastated Detroit.

Detroit has descended into ruin. Kelly scavenges for scrap metal from the hundred thousand abandoned buildings in a part of the city known as “the zone,” an increasingly wild landscape where one day he finds something far more valuable than the copper he’s come to steal: a kidnapped boy, crying out for rescue. Briefly celebrated as a hero, Kelly secretly avenges the boy’s unsolved kidnapping, a task that will take him deeper into the zone and into a confrontation with his own past and long-buried traumas.

The second novel from the acclaimed author of IN THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS, SCRAPPER is a devastating reimagining of one of America’s greatest cities, its beautiful architecture, its lost houses, shuttered factories, boxing gyms and storefront churches. With precise, powerful prose, it asks: What do we owe for our crimes, even those we’ve committed to protect the people we love?

by Matt Bell

  • Publication Date: August 23, 2016
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press
  • ISBN-10: 1616957654
  • ISBN-13: 9781616957650