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5.0 out of 5 stars As the Evening Standard says on the cover, 'Quite simply, a masterpiece'., 10 Dec. 2010
This review is from: The Turnaround (Paperback)
This novel came to me some time ago, amongst several others, from a friend. Until then I had never heard of George Pelecanos. Before reading it I took it from my bookshelf on two or three occasions, looked at it and put it back in favour of something else. Big mistake. Having now devoured it I consider it to be perhaps the best of the forty or fifty novels that I have read this year.

What originally put me off this book was the back cover and inside blurb descriptions of it as being `crime writing', a genre I seldom indulge in. Reading it I discovered that these descriptions were, to me, misnomers, for this book contains no conventional `cops and robbers' narrative. True it is a thriller, which contains both crime and violence, but they are only the vehicle for the real storyline, which is a gripping one of relationships between several very disparate people and the way in which these personal connections change between adolescence and middle age. This is a story about choices, family values, loyalty and ultimate redemption

Beautifully crafted, this moving novel is powerfully written, but in a low-key which quietly draws one into the heads of all the characters. Each one of them, in his own unique setting, is effortlessly burst into life.

Finally the ending, not a twist yet an unexpected resolution, which gift-wraps the story perfectly.

I must now read more from Mr Pelecanos.
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