Top positive review
Yet another masterpiece.
on 4 December 2008
Undoubtedly the most important writer of urban fiction since Elmore Leonard, it's difficult to understand why Pelecanos isn't better known outide the US, despite unanimous and prolonged critical praise. He seems better known now for his scriptwriting on 'The Wire' than his own books.
In this book, as others, he takes a historical sweep from the 1970s until today, and is acutely insightful into both the big social issues that cause his characters to behave as they do and the minutiae of their everyday lives - the shoes they wear, the music they listen to, the brands of stereo equipment and furniture they have in their apartments, building up an astonishingly detailed picture of both the early 70s and today. To manage to do this and also make the novels as deeply moving and exciting as they are puts him up, for me, as one of the great social realist writers of all time, up there with George Orwell or Zola. Buy this and all of his books.