One of the codes of the streets is "no snitching." So when bus driver Andre Bolden sees a man get shot while he's driving his route, he knows that his best bet is to keep his mouth shut. The problem is, the killer, Clops, saw him and now, whether he snitches or not, he's become a moving target.
A former college football stand out, a run in with the law left Andre expelled from school. Lying about his criminal conviction on a job application gets him fired. And his displaced anger and an unwillingness to show emotion have left him without the love of his life and his son.
Snitch is really about a man who is slowly descending to rock bottom. I wouldn't call it urban lit or Christian lit, though it seemed to have a tinge of both. I'm not a big fan of either genre, but Mattison keeps it light enough that it doesn't interfere with the overall story telling.
One problem that I did have with the book was the nice and neat way that people were connected and the frequent near misses. Andre and Clops traveled in different circles, but somebody's grandmother went to church with somebody's girlfriend who was friends with someone's brother, yada yada yada. Coincidences are fine, but it was just a little too unrealistic.
I was also confused by the ending. Even now, I'm not quite sure what happened at the end. I went back and re-read it several times and it's still unclear. Maybe the author's goal was to create a cliffhanger, leaving the door open to a potential sequel. Um...no. I was confused enough this go round. I won't be jumping back on that ride any time soon.
Published: May 2011
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