The Way Home by George Pelecanos
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Christopher Flynn is trying to get it right. After years of trouble and rebellion that enraged his father and nearly cost him his life, he has a steady job in his father's company, he's seriously dating a woman he respects, and, aside from the distrust that lingers in his father's eyes, his mistakes are firmly in the past.

One day on the job, Chris and his partner come across a temptation almost too big to resist. Chris does the right thing, but old habits and instincts rise to the surface, threatening this new-found stability with sudden treachery and violence. With his father and his most trusted friends, he takes one last chance to blast past the demons trying to pull him back.

Like Richard Price or William Kennedy, Pelecanos pushes his characters to the extremes, their redemption that much sweeter because it is so hard fought. Pelecanos has long been celebrated for his unerring ability to portray the conflicts men feel as they search and struggle for power and love in a world that is often harsh and unforgiving but can ultimately be filled with beauty.
 

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 April 22, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Education & Reference. Fiction

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A crime novel, yes, but the talented Pelecanos (The Turnaround, 2008, etc.) shoves it out of its comfort zone.

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Publishers Weekly

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Bestseller Pelecanos (The Turnaround ) probes the volatile and fragile relationship between a father, Thomas Flynn, and his son, Chris, in this less than satisfyi

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The Guardian

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Less a thriller, more a character study and polemic, The Way Home riffs on similar themes to last year's The Turnaround - juvenile crime, ethnicity and identity, the possibility of redemption.

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The Guardian

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Pelecanos clearly feels strongly about his subject-matter, which leads to occasional lapses into polemic, but his pitiless concentration on how minor decisions end up making huge differences, and how two generations of a family try, and fail, to understand each other, makes this a riveting read.

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AV Club

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Crime writer George Pelecanos keeps doing what he does best.

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AV Club

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Crime writer George Pelecanos keeps doing what he does best.

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Los Angeles Times

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A tale of redemption and the long journey there.

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The Washington Post

But when one of the two slips and mentions the hidden money to the wrong person, the house is broken into, the carpet comes up, and it sets off a chain reaction that grows to involve Mindy, Ben, Chris and eventually the whole Flynn family, becoming ever more violent along the way.

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Booklist Online

Now, as in The Turnaround, Pelecanos charts two parallel courses: the collision to come and a possible “way home.” If the narrative arc of this novel is a little too similar to its predecessor to be completely satisfying, it still packs a strong emotional wallop while reminding us that it’s...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Though the Washington Times felt that Pelecanos couldn’t separate the author from the screenwriter and the New York Times Book Review cited a lack of tension or direction in the plot, Pelecanos’s fans will enjoy this suspenseful thriller.

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Thomas begins to hope that Chris is maturing and leaving behind the past, but when one of Chris’s friends is murdered and Chris begins acting suspiciously, Flynn fears his son has slipped back into the past, to a place he can never leave behind.

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