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The Turnaround

George Pelecanos.
Publisher Phoenix  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780753826607
Pages/Publication Date 298/2008
Daedalus Item Code 32847
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(Winner of the 2008 Hammett Award) On a hot summer afternoon in 1972, three white teenagers drove into a poor black neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and six lives were changed forever. Thirty-five years after that harrowing day, one survivor tries to connect with another, hoping to make amends, but a third survivor is now out of prison, and looking for a payback. Following The Night Gardener, this standalone thriller moves from the rock-and-soul D.C. streets of the 1970s to the overturning neighborhoods of the 2000s, from downtown diners and auto garages to Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, where wounded men and women pour in from war in the Middle East. Esquire magazine hailed George Pelecanos as "the poet laureate of the D.C. crime world"; Stephen King described the Hammett Award–winning novelist and Emmy-nominated television writer even more succinctly, deeming Pelecanos "perhaps the greatest living American crime writer." One of our favorite authors here at Daedalus, Pelecanos grew up in the Washington, D.C., neighborhoods that the tourists and Congressmen never see, and the real star of his gritty hard-luck stories is the city itself.

"Pelecanos does what few, if any, American writers do: He tells the truth. Twain told the truth; Faulkner toyed with the truth; Hemingway told his version of the truth, and Chandler certainly told a cold, cynical truth. Pelecanos's truth is from deep in the heart, from places where red blood cells know more than all the sweet, heady words truth usually hides behind."—Chicago Sun-Times

"Pelecanos has written again and again of the sense of inevitability that pervades so much inner-city violence: lives running on collision courses, individuals powerless to jump the tracks that poverty, prejudice, and ignorance have set them on. But this time he tells a different story. After starting more lives racing toward one another on those same tracks, he asks, What if we could change course? What if we could reroute our lives? It's a daring premise, one fraught with the temptations of sentimentality and false hope, but Pelecanos tells this story of tentative reconciliation with the same unrelenting realism and concern for the roundness of his characters that have characterized the bleakest of his novels. Yes, Pelecanos is among our very best crime novelists, but he may become even more renowned for writing fiction about working-class America that is both beyond crime and beyond ideology."—Booklist (starred review)

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Publisher: Phoenix.   Format: paperback. ISBN: 9780753819395.  Daedalus Item Code: 32844
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