George Pelecanos, master of Washington DC noir and writer on HBO's acclaimed series, The Wire, returns to his roots. This novel follows several characters during - and years after - a tragic incident happens during the racially-charged atmosphere of 1972. Pelecanos is a rare writer who explores race, masculinity, and forgiveness in equal measure as the characters - a washed-up car mechanic, a physical therapist at Walter Reed, and a coffee shop owner - struggle to move on from their pasts. This novel stands alongside Dennis Lehane's MYSTIC RIVER and Ivy Pochoda's VISITATION STREET and shining examples of the genre. Great for casual readers looking for a good urban yarn or readers who want to dig a little deeper.
Reminiscent of Dennis Lehane and Ivy Pochoda's VISITATION STREET, where the characters are less important than the setting. Interesting, but feels unfinished.
I christened my Sony Reader with The Turnaround and found it really easy to get through. Fast-paced, enaging thriller, reads like a milder episode of The Wire... But just for the record, I was reading the ebook version available from EPL's overdrive database.
This book almost takes two readings to take in. I rarely have read any book twice since leaving University. But Pelecanos's books almost require it. Not crime. Not literature. Just a view into a couple of lifes you want to keep watching.
Given 3/4 stars by People magazine.
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