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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Pelecanos Narrator: Chad Coleman Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lorenzo Brown loves his work. As an officer for the Humane Society, it is his job to cruise the city streets looking for dogs that are being mistreated: underfed, unclean, trained to kill. He takes pride in making their lives better. And that pride helps Lorenzo resist the pull of easier money doing the kind of work that got him a recent prison bid. Rachel Lopez loves her work, too. By day she is a parole officer, helping people, Lorenzo Brown among them, along a path back to responsibility and advancement. At night she heads for the city's hotel bars, where she can always find a man who will let her act out her damage. She loses herself in sex and drink and more.

But Rachel's nights are taking a toll on her days. Lorenzo knows the signs. The trouble is, he truly needs her right now. There is an eruption coming in the streets he's left behind, the kind of territorial war that takes down everyone even near it. Lorenzo needs every shred of support he can get to keep from getting sucked back into that battleground. He reaches out to Rachel, but she may be too far gone to help either of them.

Writing with the grace and force that have earned him praise as the poet laureate of the crime world, George Pelecanos has created a novel about two scarred and human people who must navigate one of life's most brutal passages. It is an unforgettable, moving, even shocking story that will leave no reader unchanged.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Sheehan | 2/20/2014

    " This book served as the template of my favorite character in The Wire: Dennis "Cutty" Wise. Entertaining to get some more insight into the character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 2/19/2014

    " Kind of like watching an episode of the Wire. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by RandomAnthony | 2/17/2014

    " I was late to The Wire, only watching the first three seasons (actually, in full disclosure, I've still still to watch the last two season three episodes) over the last few months. But I'd heard of this Pelecanos guy because of his connection to the show, and my library has half a dozen of his novels at the ready every time I pass the Ps. I wanted something lighter and noir-ish but the cover design reminded me of the kind of shit my dad read (e.g. Tom Clancy), and I hate both that shit and my dad, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Drama City turned out pretty well. After starting the novel I realized abused animals were at the forefront (a main character works for animal control) and wasn't sure if I wanted to continue. I can't stand animal abuse, even in fiction. But the storyline flowed and rose beyond the spinning-paperback-rack thriller level. The dogs mirror the dealers, esp. the broken youth beyond rehabilitation. Pelecanos keeps the storyline complex and fluid, his characters flawed, and his details fresh. So Drama City felt like time well-spent, although I'm not panting (please note dog reference) for the rest of his work. I'll check his catalog out in, if you will, a leisurely fashion. The definition of three stars. No fist-pumping enthusiasm, better than okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Drew | 2/11/2014

    " Flat, clunky, obvious, melodramatic. "

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