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Soul Circus

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A Washington, D.C., crime overlord is fighting for his life in court. Two younger dealers are fighting for his territory, prestige, and millions of dollars in future profits. It takes only one slip — a kid going out of control with a rented pistol — to push friction closer to wholesale slaughter.

In the midst of this extraordinary tension, private investigator Derek Strange has found a woman whose testimony could mean death or freedom for the crime lord. He wants her to talk — but first he'll have to find a way to keep her alive.

Step by step, Strange and his partner are drawn into the darkness, confronting gunrunners, drug dealers, and ordinary people caught up in the ruthless violence of the business. Soul Circus is a heart-stopping thriller that could only have been written by George Pelecanos, the writer who "has gone from cult favorite to acknowledged master" (Booklist).

Review:

"This is vintage Pelecanos, with characters to remember, dialogue that rocks, an unsentimental, kinetic tableau of the D.C. underworld, and most of all, a conscience." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"[B]oth a gripping thriller and a tense internal drama. As always, his deeply textured portraits of the victims of poverty and violence add an almost Dickensian breadth to the novel....[O]ne more superb installment in what has become a remarkably revealing portrait of urban life..." Bill Ott, Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Soul Circus (great title!) is the third of Pelecanos' novels about the uneasy partnership between the African-American Strange and the Irish-American Quinn — it's also the best and the bleakest....This may be the most violent of Pelecanos' books, and if the violence sometimes flirts with pulp grimness, it also sticks; it's never a kick. Along with the increased level of violence is a sure-footed black humor....Pelecanos' dialogue reads like some collaboration between the pitch-perfect realism of Richard Price and the ear for skewed, comic speech that is one of Elmore Leonard's gifts. It's terse and precise with rhythms that catch you on the rebound....If Pelecanos' view is grim, it isn't hopeless. Alongside the violence of the communities he writes about are the portraits of people trying to live their lives as they always have....Yes, George Pelecanos is writing the sharpest and smartest urban thrillers around. He's also holding up the tradition of novelist as social reporter, with none of the preaching that might entail, and all the craft and toughened compassion you could want." Charles Taylor, Salon.com

Review:

"Like the novels of Richard Price...Soul Circus is both tragedy and thriller....Mr. Pelecanos continues to display a sharp eye for detail and a terrific ear for street dialogue....And once again, he will leave readers eagerly awaiting his next move." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"Pelecanos's latest...shows his prodigious ambition overflowing the bounds of one novel into a torrential epic of cops and robbers....The bleak, powerful fadeout reserves resolution mostly for the dead..." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A]bsorbing....Pelecanos is exceptionally insightful with regard to contemporary urban life....Pelecanos is an author to read even if you're not a mystery fan; for those of you who are, he's in a class by himself." Bruce Tierney, BookPage

Review:

"There are crime novelists, and then there are the writers that crime novelists love to read. Masters of the genre, such as Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly and Elmore Leonard, read George P. Pelecanos." USA Today

Review:

"Pelecanos' prose is distinguished not only by hopelessly human protagonists but also by the humanity he finds in even the basest of his bad men." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Like a great pointillist painter he piles on tiny details of ordinary working lives until they glow with an inner light." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"His books will burn into your brain like no others." Washington Post

Synopsis:

A Washington, D.C., crime overlord is fighting for his life in court. Two younger dealers are fighting for his territory, prestige, and millions of dollars in future profits. It takes only one slip ? a kid going out of control with a rented pistol ? to push friction closer to wholesale slaughter. In the midst of this extraordinary tension, private investigator Derek Strange has found a woman whose testimony could mean death or freedom for the crime lord. He wants her to talk ? but first he'll have to find a way to keep her alive.

Synopsis:

A Washington, D.C., crime lord is fighting for his life in court. Two younger dealers are fighting for his territory, prestige, and millions of dollars in future profits. Menawhile, there is a woman whose testimony could mean death or freedom for the crime lord--and P.I. Derek Strange has to find a way to keep her alive.

Synopsis:

A Washington, D.C., crime lord fights for his life in court while P.I. Derek Strange finds a woman whose testimony could mean death or freedom for the crime lord.

About the Author

George P. Pelecanos has worked as an electronics salesman, shoe salesman, bartender, construction worker, and independent film producer. He is the author of ten novels set in and around Washington, D.C. His novel King Suckerman was a finalist for the Golden Dagger Award and is being produced as a movie by Sean Combs, and his most recent novel, The Sweet Forever, was named a Notable Book of 1998 by Publishers Weekly.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316608435
Author:
Pelecanos, George P.
Publisher:
Vision
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Drug traffic
Subject:
Washington
Subject:
Organized crime; Drug trafficking; Drug dealers; Rivalry; Violence; Moral dilemmas
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
107-8
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.75 lb

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Product details 416 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316608435 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is vintage Pelecanos, with characters to remember, dialogue that rocks, an unsentimental, kinetic tableau of the D.C. underworld, and most of all, a conscience."
"Review" by , "[B]oth a gripping thriller and a tense internal drama. As always, his deeply textured portraits of the victims of poverty and violence add an almost Dickensian breadth to the novel....[O]ne more superb installment in what has become a remarkably revealing portrait of urban life..."
"Review" by , "Soul Circus (great title!) is the third of Pelecanos' novels about the uneasy partnership between the African-American Strange and the Irish-American Quinn — it's also the best and the bleakest....This may be the most violent of Pelecanos' books, and if the violence sometimes flirts with pulp grimness, it also sticks; it's never a kick. Along with the increased level of violence is a sure-footed black humor....Pelecanos' dialogue reads like some collaboration between the pitch-perfect realism of Richard Price and the ear for skewed, comic speech that is one of Elmore Leonard's gifts. It's terse and precise with rhythms that catch you on the rebound....If Pelecanos' view is grim, it isn't hopeless. Alongside the violence of the communities he writes about are the portraits of people trying to live their lives as they always have....Yes, George Pelecanos is writing the sharpest and smartest urban thrillers around. He's also holding up the tradition of novelist as social reporter, with none of the preaching that might entail, and all the craft and toughened compassion you could want."
"Review" by , "Like the novels of Richard Price...Soul Circus is both tragedy and thriller....Mr. Pelecanos continues to display a sharp eye for detail and a terrific ear for street dialogue....And once again, he will leave readers eagerly awaiting his next move."
"Review" by , "Pelecanos's latest...shows his prodigious ambition overflowing the bounds of one novel into a torrential epic of cops and robbers....The bleak, powerful fadeout reserves resolution mostly for the dead..."
"Review" by , "[A]bsorbing....Pelecanos is exceptionally insightful with regard to contemporary urban life....Pelecanos is an author to read even if you're not a mystery fan; for those of you who are, he's in a class by himself."
"Review" by , "There are crime novelists, and then there are the writers that crime novelists love to read. Masters of the genre, such as Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly and Elmore Leonard, read George P. Pelecanos."
"Review" by , "Pelecanos' prose is distinguished not only by hopelessly human protagonists but also by the humanity he finds in even the basest of his bad men."
"Review" by , "Like a great pointillist painter he piles on tiny details of ordinary working lives until they glow with an inner light."
"Review" by , "His books will burn into your brain like no others."
"Synopsis" by , A Washington, D.C., crime overlord is fighting for his life in court. Two younger dealers are fighting for his territory, prestige, and millions of dollars in future profits. It takes only one slip ? a kid going out of control with a rented pistol ? to push friction closer to wholesale slaughter. In the midst of this extraordinary tension, private investigator Derek Strange has found a woman whose testimony could mean death or freedom for the crime lord. He wants her to talk ? but first he'll have to find a way to keep her alive.
"Synopsis" by , A Washington, D.C., crime lord is fighting for his life in court. Two younger dealers are fighting for his territory, prestige, and millions of dollars in future profits. Menawhile, there is a woman whose testimony could mean death or freedom for the crime lord--and P.I. Derek Strange has to find a way to keep her alive.
"Synopsis" by , A Washington, D.C., crime lord fights for his life in court while P.I. Derek Strange finds a woman whose testimony could mean death or freedom for the crime lord.
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