The Turnaround by George Pelecanos

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On a hot summer afternoon in 1972, three teenagers drove into an unfamiliar neighborhood and six lives were altered forever.
Thirty five years later, one survivor of that day reaches out to another, opening a door that could lead to salvation. But another survivor is now out of prison, looking for reparation in any form he can find it.
THE TURNAROUND takes us on a journey from the rock-and-soul streets of the '70s to the changing neighborhoods of D.C. today, from the diners and auto garages of the city to the inside of Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, where wounded men and women have returned to the world in a time of war. A novel of fathers and sons, wives and husbands, loss, victory and violent redemption, THE TURNAROUND is another compelling, highly charged novel from George Pelecanos, "the best crime novelist in America." -Oregonian

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 January 1, 2008 by Back Bay Books. 295 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Once again using the ethnic neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., to explore issues of class and race, and the possibility of bridging those gulfs, Pelecanos (The Night Gardener, 2006, etc.) constructs a taut narrative in which the past exerts a seismic pull on the present.

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Unlike George Pelecanos’s two enormously ambitious nail-biters that have preceded it, “The Turnaround” is a more modest but still hard-hitting urban parable.

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Thirty years later, a TV courtroom drama gives hardened recidivist Baker an idea - use the events of that day to shake down Pete, now a rich attorney running a foundation for wayward kids.

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George Pelecanos made his name with the Nick Stefanos private-eye .

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In any event, any closure to be accomplished by Raymond, James and Alex has to first deal with major obstacles placed in their way by Baker. Baker had gotten James to assist in writing the letters sent to Whitten and then to Alex. If the police had to be called in, Raymond feared James would ...

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Pelecanos’ truth is from deep in the heart, from places where red blood cells know more than all the sweet, heady words truth usually hides behind."

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