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Hell to Pay by George Pelecanos
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Dec 29, 2011

really liked it
Recommended for: Coaches of underprivileged little league football teams
Read from December 21 to 29, 2011

The fact that I enjoy these George Pelecanos books so much doesn't make me the equivalent of guys in prison who shank people for the latest James Patterson, does it? (There was a big thing in the Times a while back about how those books are written and who reads them. You should look it up. It's one of the more ridiculous things you'll ever read.) I feel like these books are a cut above the average crime fiction BS, because they describe things that are really happening in the ghetto (I'm assuming), so there's an element of "journalism" to it. Like the Wire (on which Pelecanos was a writer), but not quite as challenging or ultimately rewarding. Just something to stare while you're not out earning a living. I'll probably end up reading all 40 of them, if I don't go completely blind first. Now if you'll excuse me I've got some pr0n to look at.

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