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Way Home [Kindle Edition]

George Pelecanos
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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'With pace, punch and depth to spare, The Way Home will satisfy old admirers and hook the newcomers.' (Boyd Tonkin INDEPENDENT )

'A typically assured performance . . . notable for Pelecanos's mastery of teen talk' (SUNDAY TIMES )

'His pitiless concentration on how minor decisions end up making huge differences, and how two generations of a family try, and fail, to understand each other, makes this a riveting read' (GUARDIAN )

'Achieves a gripping balance between social comment and the suspense of a great thriller' (UNCUT )

'A masterly study of fathers and sons. Pelecanos, who worked on the TV show The Wire, has a gift for characterisation and location - in this case Washington DC. The result is that rare thing: a gripping thriller that is also intensely moving' (LONDON EVENING STANDARD )

'Who is the best crime writer working today? I can think of a raft of serious contenders for second place, but in my view the winner by a clear head has to be George Pelecanos.' (Simon Shaw MAIL ON SUNDAY )

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'With pace, punch and depth to spare, The Way Home will satisfy old admirers and hook the newcomers.' -- Boyd Tonkin INDEPENDENT 'A typically assured performance ... notable for Pelecanos's mastery of teen talk' SUNDAY TIMES 'His pitiless concentration on how minor decisions end up making huge differences, and how two generations of a family try, and fail, to understand each other, makes this a riveting read' GUARDIAN 'Achieves a gripping balance between social comment and the suspense of a great thriller' UNCUT 'A masterly study of fathers and sons. Pelecanos, who worked on the TV show The Wire, has a gift for characterisation and location - in this case Washington DC. The result is that rare thing: a gripping thriller that is also intensely moving' LONDON EVENING STANDARD 'Who is the best crime writer working today? I can think of a raft of serious contenders for second place, but in my view the winner by a clear head has to be George Pelecanos.' -- Simon Shaw MAIL ON SUNDAY

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (8 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753827115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753827116
  • ASIN: B003HV0TMS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homeward bound 10 Mar 2010
By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Spurred on by Channel 4's 'The Book Club' I thought I'd choose another tome from their reading list and I'm glad I did. From reading the blurb on the back of the book it didn't really look my kind of thing at all but once I'd read the first few pages I was hooked. Plot wise it's the story of Chris Flynn a white middle class boy from Washington DC who goes off of the rails and ends up in a juvenile detention centre where he's the only white inmate on his wing. His father, Thomas Flynn, a hard working man with his own carpet business despairs of him whilst his pious mother Amanda tries to understand but turns to religion to fill the gap left by the family's strained relationship. Chris accepts his lot, makes some good friend inside and decides to go straight afterwards. Many years later whilst working for his father, Chris and another ex-con Ben find a holdall containing $50,000 under the floorboard of a house they're working on.

In many ways this is more of a man's book than a woman's but it was a gripping read anyway. Pelecanos weaves a convincing father/son element into the story and tries to understand why the lack of communication within families can cause great unhappiness in the long term which is clearly evident when mention is made of Chris' older sister Kate, who died in infancy. All of the male characters are incredibly well drawn, as well as Chris and Thomas there are Ben, Chris' colleague, Ali Carter, another ex-con who now works with juvenile offenders and Lawrence Newhouse whose actions rock the status quo. The street language and violence may be hard to understand sometimes, but I guess this is part of the package. All in all, if you're a fan of crime novels than you'll love this book and I'll be checking out some of Pelecanos' other novels as I've heard that he's a prolific author!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid read from Mr Pelecanos 19 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
Less than 12 months after last book The Turnaround Pelecanos returns with another solid, enoyable read.

When Chris Flynn & co-worker Ben find $50,000 hidden in a cut-away floorboard while fitting a carpet in an empty house they leave it there, even though the temptation is there to take it. Both have been in trouble before & met in a juvenile detention centre but are trying to go straight. Ben fatefully lets their secret out to another ex inmate, the money is stolen & the people it belongs to come looking for it.

The book, though, is really about the relationship between Chris & his father, Tommy & how it is possible to change over time & earn a second chance. There is a lot of back story regarding Chris' time at Pine Ridge correctional facility & his day to day working life for his fathers floor laying firm after his release. This is the backbone of the book & balances the missing money plot nicely.

Pelecanos has a high profile at the moment due to his work on The Wire & well deserved it is, too. More mellow these days (the punky fizz of earlier Nick Stefanos books almost gone) he can still keep readers interested in the lives of his characters by making them plausible & real. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two stories welded together 18 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
Picked up this book on impulse and was a bit seduced by the fact he was a writer on The Wire, one of my favourite shows of all time. Themes from the show are present here also - the effect of drugs on inter-city USA (in particular Washington DC) and lack of opportunities for young men in the faltering economy.

My main issue with the book is that it feels like two different novels welded together - the first half is about juvenile delinquency and life in a youth detention centre, whilst the second half turns into a fairly standard thriller revolving around a bag of missing money.

The first half is well-written and compelling, whilst the second feels tired and pretty uninspiring. Worth a read but not overly impressive.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By G. J. Oxley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Chris Flynn comes from a good family, consisting of a hard-working father who owns his own business and tries to do right by his son, and a loving mother. Yet he still strays from the straight and narrow and gets involved in petty crimes as a teenager - larceny, drugs, some minor violence. He ends up in a young offenders' camp where he makes friendships and is taught life lessons.

A few years down the line we pick up his story. He's gone straight and works for his father's carpet-laying firm alongside a friend he made inside the camp. One day, whilst on a job, they discover a large sum of hidden money underneath the floorboards of a property. Although they resist temptation to take it, the find nevertheless sets events in motion that will have far-reaching effects on their lives.

The author once again provides a touching portrait of a father and son, unable at times to articulate their feelings for one another. He asks age-old questions, such as does incarceration work? Are those from a poor background who drift into crime totally beyond salvation? Pelecanos seems to say `no' - he believes in redemption, of people overcoming obstacles in their lives, and in the intrinsic goodness of the human spirit.

What more can I say? His dialogue is equal to, if not better than, any other crime writer you care to name and his characterisation is beyond great. He is a poet of the streets, a champion of the underclass.

`The Way Home' is excellent, but having said that, it's not quite as good as his other recent novels - `The Turnaround' and `The Night Gardener'. However, if you've never read anything by him before this is still as good a place as any to start.

George Pelecanos is criminally under-appreciated in this country.
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1.0 out of 5 stars one dimensional
one dimensional narrative bolting two vignettes together. The prose is want to be gangster and is laughable and cringing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Maxim L. Eaton
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough (to) Love
I've been reading GP's books for years and have written rave reviews about several of them.
This then is by way of a warning. This is unlike any other of his books. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Barmee
1.0 out of 5 stars A Sermon on the Young Offender System in USA
i was rather hoping for a good crime and detection thriller but of the 300 pages only about 50 were important to the unoriginal plot. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2012 by Huck Flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This is an author I have known about for a while but never got around too. I am pleasantly surprised that I did. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by Vegar
4.0 out of 5 stars Way Too Good
I really enjoy Pelecanos when he decides to write his family life books. He gets down to the real Washington and how blue collar families live their lives. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2012 by nickyb
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as described
I did enjoy this book however it isn't a thriller it is a story of a young man growing into adulthood and accepting and moving on from the mistakes of the past and trying to mend... Read more
Published on 26 April 2011 by Alex Eavis
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern tale
The basic skeleton of this book is, a good boy gone bad, and can he go good again. With the background cast of a caring family, and friends barely keeping on the straight and... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2010 by J. McGhee
1.0 out of 5 stars Drug-free cure for insomnia
It's not often I give up on a book half way through, but this was one that I simply couldn't finish. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by The Writing Writer
2.0 out of 5 stars Average at best
I was expecting good things from a writer on The Wire but this novel was a real let-down. There was little to no characterisation and it was all achieved by the narrator spelling... Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2010 by AO
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not a crime caper!
This is my first Pelecanos outing and I'm not so sure I started with the best of his books. I thought the book on the whole was well written, yet I wouldn't class this book as... Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2010 by CeeCee
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