Hard Revolution (Derek Strange and Terry Quinn #4)
The fourth Derek Strange tale is a story from Derek's youth, showing what decisions he made that made him a bad ass private detective in the present day. Pelecanos uses historical events and the music...more
The echoes of a revolution are omnipresent, racial vilification bears a similar resemblance to Ed Lacy’...more
Hard Revolution works as a prequel for Pelecanos’s Quinn-Strange books and as an important piece in his interwoven portrait of Washington D.C. that he has painted via the medium of serial fiction. The ’68 riots and their influence on the city has long been a motif in his work. This moment of rage and self destruction that has cast a decades long shadow on the black working class and their neighborhoods. Pelecanos uses a stripped down reporter style delivery (even more than usual) that still mana...more
the story here cuts back to the late sixties, when strange was a rookie cop. as one part of an ensemble cast, strange's world opens up into a mini-universe, and the sense of what's to come (both in terms of the cha...more
But before you read my review, I would encourage you to read reviews by others who consider this book excellent... many more people seem to like this book than dislike it. I do not want my viewpoint to stop you from reading a book that you might enjoy.
But if you want to read a book that brings to life the culture, attitudes and drama of civil rights in th...more
I appreciate what Pelecanos tried to do. Something very macro--a snapshot of a real time and culture told through the micro focus of fictional heroes and villains. Very Dennis Lehane and The Given Day. Both books had a bit of distance in the narrative that didn't really work for me.
With a plot that's long to unfold, it's...more
One of my book clubs wanted to read a local author so we decided to give this guy a shot. I will give him that he did his research. He clearly went down to the library and copied down all the headlines from the Washington Post and Life magazine for the relevant time periods. Then he shuffled those headlines with a map and filled in the spaces with a few words.
The first section introduces a cast of thousands, each with no character development because there isn...more
What Pelecanos does so beautifully is to portray the often-boring everyday routines of police officers and petty criminals who may or may not have any direct interaction, interposing their stories as the characters cross paths at seemingly random points, until he pulls those threads in to a centr...more
The story takes place in Washington, DC from the 1950’s though the 60’s. Its main focus is on the racial tension of that era. The cast of characters, both black and white are...more
In Revolution, Pelecanos follows factions of the ongoing raci...more
If you've never read any George Pelecanos this
prequel would be a good place to start, as
although it wasn't his first book it takes you
right back to the roots of Derek Strange and
several other regular Pelecanos characters, back
in the 60's this book which is set a few weeks
prior to the murder of Martin Luther king and in
the ensuing riots in Washington really sets up
the other novels where George pelecanos uses
many of the core caracters such as Nick Stefa...more
This one gives Pelecanos (who does some writing for the Wire now) a chance to survey the D.C. landscape before the 1968 MLK riots changed everything. You get to visit a nice cross-section of neighborhood streets, corner stores, biker bars, filling stations, and diner...more
Pelecanos first introduced a 50-something Derek Strange in Right as Rain, Hell to Pay, and Soul Circus. Hard Revolution takes us back in time and juxtaposes Derek's childhood with his early years as a cop. Pelecanos, a hard-boiled crime writer, sets this novel, like his previous ones, in a gritty, violent, and racist Washington, D.C. He makes no excuses for the era or place, describing the city and its workings in detailed, urgent, and often offensive prose. It's not a page-turner, but rather a...more
But the build up of tension in the city was really done well. I drove back to MD from Texas that week and followed tanks coming up I-95. From the 295 parkway we could see the city burning.