“And that is the essence of this labor-to go where you must go, and to bring with you what is demanded, to do with it what is required, and to submit the testimony of your efforts after the delivery is through.”
de·liv·er·y (noun)… A rescue…”
Set in a bleak environment in which people are not as they seem, Jonathan R. Miller’s second and newest thriller Delivery is a work that sends you into multiple worlds – the working world of which the main character Ambojeem, a Somali delivery man with artificial eye sight, is a set amidst the norlanders, the whites, who are his bosses and, as the story unfolds, his hunters and nemesis; the worlds of the immigrant in the Minneapolis suburbs that is many layered not only as to skin tone but other divisions as well; the world of the haves and have nots; and the world of black market medicine.
It took some time to get into the story line but once I did I was riding alongside Ambojeem in his delivery truck criss-crossing Minneapolis as he delivers eviction notices, human wastes and tissue, and legal papers to both legitimate and illegitimate places and characters. But it is not until Ambojeem discovers the lifeless body of a family member in one of the containers he transports that the reader embarks on a descent into a shady world of power and corruption which twists and turns not only your mind but your heart as the seeming powerlessness of Amojeem and the young girl he rescues, Arla, is pitted against those who seek to use the girl for medical gain.
Written primarily in a third-person narrative style, Delivery is tight and descriptive at the same time. Miller writes, in my opinion, cleanly with minimal punctuation with the result of movement between narrative and dialog being blurred like the plot line itself as the reader literally careens along with the characters to an uncertain conclusion.
I liked this book and though, as I have ready indicated, it took me a while to get into the flow, once I did, I kept reading. I rate this book a ‘great’ read.
Note: I was asked to read and review this book by Smith Publicity. I agreed to do so without the expectation of a positive review.