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Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos
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Aug 04, 08

bookshelves: police-procedural
Read in August, 2008

More than a crime novel, this book is really a study of race relations in the 1960's. It took me a while to get into the flow of the book and to keep the various characters straight, but it was definitely worth the effort. Pelecanos is a master at creating narrative tension; you know what's going to happen, you just don't know exactly how it's all going to unfold, and the joy of the book is sticking with it to find out. He does a great job capturing speech patterns and attitudes; I find myself continually checking the photo on the flyleaf to convince myself that the writer is in fact a white man. My only quibble is that the massive amount of period detail - the block-by-block description of stores and restaurants, the exhaustive references to obscure music - becomes overwhelming after awhile. But that's a minor quibble indeed. Other than that, this is one of the best books I've read all summer.
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