Title: The Way Home
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, New York, et al
Publication Date: 2009
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Pelecanos on the title-page. Fine, in lightly rubbed dust jacket with "Signed" sticker on front panel. Bookseller Inventory # MR3425
When Thomas Flynn leaves his son, seventeen year old Chris, at Pine Ridge, a juvenile prison near Washington, D.C., his heart is broken but his mind is made up: Chris will have to pay for the mistakes he's made. Inside, Chris is exposed to kids from a different D.C. than the comfortable one he knew - one less remote from the street fights, car chases, and marijuana deals that got him here in the first place.
A decade later, Chris and the friends he made at Pine Ridge seem reformed. Chris has a job, thanks to his father, a girlfriend, and his own apartment. But when he and the others are inadvertently caught up in a burglary, old habits and worse instincts rise to the surface, threatening this new-found stability with sudden treachery and violence. With the drama, compassion, and urgency for which Pelecanos is celebrated, The Way Home travels the streets of Washington, D.C. and tells the story of its people, and the tensions that always linger just out of sight, circling back again and again to that clapboard house on Livingston Street where Thomas and Chris Flynn's rocky relationship moves from distrust and scorn toward a flawed, but real, redemption.
How far will a father go to save his son? That question is the beating pulse beneath George Pelecanos's spectacular novel, a page-turning story of rebellion, greed, and the high price of a second chance.
With pace, punch and depth to spare, The Way Home will satisfy old admirers and hook the newcomers. (Boyd Tonkin INDEPENDENT)
A typically assured performance . . . notable for Pelecanos's mastery of teen talk ( SUNDAY TIMES)
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 ( GUARDIAN)
'Achieves a gripping balance between social comment and the suspense of a great thriller' ( UNCUT)
A masterly study of fathers and sons. Pelecanos, who worked on the TV show The Wire, has a gift for characterisation and location - in this case Washington DC. The result is that rare thing: a gripping thriller that is also intensely moving ( LONDON EVENING STANDARD)
Who is the best crime writer working today? I can think of a raft of serious contenders for second place, but in my view the winner by a clear head has to be George Pelecanos. (Simon Shaw MAIL ON SUNDAY)
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