Drama City

Drama City

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In DRAMA CITY, George Pelecanos returns to contemporary Washington DC for his most powerful crime novel yet Lorenzo Brown is fresh out of the clink. The former drug enforcer has vowed to go straight and found himself a job as an officer for the Humane Society. He patrols downtown DC looking for ill-treated pets - but in the course of his day repeatedly comes face-to-face with his old life. Rachel Lopez is an attractive young probation officer. Brown is one of her clients but also fast becoming one of her friends - perhaps he is one that can be saved. Nigel Johnson is a smart young drug-dealer on the make. He has plans to make a lot of money AND stay alive to spend it. He already runs his neighbourhood but doesn't realise that he stands on the brink of a vicious turf war which could destroy him. From these basic players, Pelecanos weaves and amazing new novel, one that defines a generation of black, Hispanic and white Americans fighting - literally - for their lives.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 234 x 40mm | 621.43g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752851926
  • 9780752851921

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'Top-rate literary crime writer' THE BOOKSELLER 'Once again, Pelecanos treads the Washington DC soft shoe shuffle with assurance and pathos. Despairing characters flit across the drug saturated streets of the US capital in a wonderful, if tragic, waltz of despair. ... Pelecanos's view of life has always been bleak and this is no exception, but he displays such a ferocious understanding of street reality and an empathy for America's downtrodden that his books transcend their pulp origin. ... Savour while you can.' -- Maxim Jakubowski THE GUARDIAN 'Few American thirller writers can evoke the jagged rhythms of ghetto life as does George Pelecanos ... un-put-downable.' -- Myles McWeeney IRISH INDEPENDENT 'This had me ducking behind the covers.' THE MIRROR 'If you want journalistic realism about inner-city life, not lurid and twisty storytelling, he's your man.' SUNDAY TIMES '...not a conventional thriller. There is no detective, no mystery to solve; it is a novel about crime, its perpetrators and its victims. The picture of life in a Washington DC black ghetto is vivid and harrowing.' -- Susanna Yager SUNDAY TELEGRAPHshow more

About George P. Pelecanos

George Pelecanos lives in Washington DC with his wife and children. He is also an acclaimed screenwriter, including credits for the hit series The Wire. He also manages Circle Films, an independent production company responsible for such films as the Coen Brothers' Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink.show more

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2,143 ratings
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4 44% (952)
3 29% (622)
2 5% (107)
1 2% (34)
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