Advance Praise

“Vercher's first novel gets Agora Books, a new imprint dedicated to diverse crime fiction, off to a fast start…Vercher builds strong, multifaceted characters with bold strokes and using the tools of noir to present what is finally a full-blown tragedy. This powerful exploration of race and identity pairs well with Steph Cha's superb Your House Will Pay (2019).” —Bill Ott, Booklist (STARRED Review)

“Vercher deftly explores identity and the ethics of accountability in this debut. Fans of realistic social issue narratives will be immersed in the moral dilemmas of this timely novel.” —Library Journal (STARRED Review)

“Vercher’s debut novel is a blunt-edged thriller…A sad, swift tale bearing rueful observations about color and class as urgent now as 24 years ago.”—Kirkus

"Feverishly entertaining. Resoundingly important. A book treading this kind of ground should not be able to move this fast. THREE-FIFTHS is an honest, fearless page-burner. Vercher is a writer to watch.” ―David Joy, author of THE LINE THAT HELD US

"John Vercher has achieved what few others have: he has swung open a door that others either knew was there and feared what was behind it, or acknowledged what was there and falsely nullified its deceptions and dangers. This is a crime story that masterfully, beautifully, ingeniously reveals the duplicity of racial psychology and the far-reaching violence it spawns on the American landscape." —Stephen Mack Jones, author of the AUGUST SNOW thriller series

"In THREE-FIFTHS, John Vercher uses an explosive act of violence to tell a very harrowing, very relevant story about race, but also family and friendship and masculinity―and all the dangers that come with those things. Keep your eye on Vercher―any writer who comes out of the gate this strong is bound for great things.” ―Rob Hart, author of THE WAREHOUSE and the ASH MCKENNA crime series

"A brilliant page turner. John Vercher is a gifted new voice in the crime fiction genre; I can’t wait to see what he does next.” ―Sujata Massey, author of THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL

"If a book can be both difficult to read and impossible to put down, it’s this book. You should read books that challenge you. This is such a book."―Matt Coleman, BookRiot

"A complex narrative with far-reaching societal calamities prevail in this riveting and gripping drama consumed by flaw and emotionally driven characters festering along the racial divide."―Dru Ann Love, Dru's Book Musings


Three-Fifths launches September 10th, 2019