Title: Soul Circus
Publisher: Little Brown & Company, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
In a clear protective Brodart mylar cover. Unread. Another excellent gritty novel from one of the best crime writers around and who is currnetly writing for the HBO series The Wire. In this novel of justice and redemption, PI Derek Strange and his partner Terry Quinn call the streets ofWashington, DC home, and now a drug czar has been arrested for murderand its up to them to get to truth. Light erasure tio free front endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 1002021
Synopsis: SOUL CIRCUS starts with a rented gun and moves into the vacuum created by the imprisonment of a D.C. crime lord. Two young dealers are fighting for the now unclaimed territory, prestige, and millions of dollars in future profits. Now the kid brother of one of those dealers is going to escalate the friction into wholesale slaughter. Private investigators Derek Strange and Terry Quinn have found a woman whose testimony could prove the difference between a death sentence and a return to the streets for the crime lord. First they have to get her to talk. Then, they have to keep her alive.
Review: With Soul Circus, George Pelecanos brings his sequence of novels about black Washington private eye Derek Strange and his partner Terry Quinn to the late 1990s and some sort of closure. The city they grew up in has changed but, as Strange continues to point out to the angry white Quinn, not as much as all that. It is just that asking the wrong question in the wrong tone of voice can be more dangerous when young men have guns and drug-fuelled short tempers. Young gangsters such as Strange's client Oliver have poisoned their own communities with heroin, crack and an equally addictive cult of machismo. Strange's work for Oliver is sparked by opposition to the death penalty, even for a creature like him.
Even more than usual with Pelecanos, this is a thriller with an agenda--we watch close-up how the availability of semi-legal guns becomes the occasion for a sequence of bloody deaths. This is an intelligent, wistful book that tries to understand violence as much as to condemn it. Strange has become one of the most interesting detectives in modern crime fiction simply because his conscience, his sense of history and his love of sweet soul music are so tightly intertwined. --Roz Kaveney
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