The Way Home
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Jun 04, 2011 08:29AM
Having lived and worked in Washington, D.C., I've always found George Pelecanos's novels fascinating. He writes about a world that's never discussed. Not politicians or journalists and social types --all white and upper class. He writes about working class Washington. Police. Businessmen. Struggling famililies. Ethnic and African-American.
They've sharply written, tough and riveting.
Unofortunately, The Way Home is not top-tier Pelercanos.
While dealing with the relatinship between a father and son --both very good characters --it's very good. His writing on the son's imprisonment is vivid and honest. But then it gets bogged down in a plot about money in a suitcase, thugs going after the money and revenge. Foe me, at least, it just disappointed.
Well, Pelecanos misses the mark here. But he usully doesn't.
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