Soul Circus by George Pelecanos
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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 George Pelecanos

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George Pelecanos is the author of several highly praised and bestselling novels, including The Cut, What It Was, The Way Home, The Turnaround, and The Night Gardener. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and the recipient of numerous international writing awards. He was a producer and Emmy-nominated writer for The Wire and currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives in Maryland.
Published February 3, 2003 by Little, Brown and Company. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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from Pelecanos’s earlier books (Shame the Devil, 2000, etc.)—but individual plots and people must struggle to assert themselves against the duck-and-cover hell that Strange, who can’t believe his luck in having a stable household to go home to, finds around every street corner in contemporary D.C.

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Soul Circus by George P Pelecanos 343pp, Orion, £12.99 Though George P Pelecanos has clearly learned about hard-boiled crime fiction from the daddy of the form, Raymond Chandler, he has moved the genre to Washington DC, with three interlinked series of books.

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PI Derek Strange continues to prowl the South East quadrant of Washington, D.C., in Pelecanos's 11th novel (after Hell to Pay), which caroms madly and brilliantly between warring drug crews, opportunistic gun dealers and intimidated witnesses.

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Strange has resolved to perform this service, despite Oliver's reputation, for a couple of worthwhile reasons, not the least of which is that decades before, while serving as a police officer, Strange killed Oliver's father.

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Broken people crowd his life and these pages-people who never caught a break, de facto orphans who never had a parent who could or would care, ugly people who bear the brunt of others' derision, covetous people who think they'll be happy with costlier worldly goods, teenagers playing video games ...

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The N-word and the F-word are common currency among Pele-canos's ruthless young drug dealers, but the G-word—guns—propels the plot of this novel, part 3 of a trilogy that began with Right as Rain and continued with Hell to Pay.

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His books, which include Nick's Trip , Shoedog , Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go A Firing Offence, The Big Blowdown , King Suckerman ,The Sweet Forever , Shame the Devil , Right As Rain and Hell To Pay have gradually become accepted by a reading audience eager to embrace new talent.

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Mr. Pelecanos is either a great story teller and possibly a great recorder of this tragic culture.

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