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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: March 2005 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Drew | 2/11/2014

    " Flat, clunky, obvious, melodramatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 2/10/2014

    " For those who like their stories short sweet and too the point, this was one for them. A "tight" read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 2/2/2014

    " I did not care for this story at all. It was too slow with too many depressing characters. The combination of ex cons, drugs and animals did little to contribute in an interesting way. 0 of 10 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/31/2014

    " This book started off slow a lot of story line with minor drama was kinda hard to hold my attention and then everything started to come together and It got gruesome. So I'll give this 3 stars maybe even 4 :) It was cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thom (T.E.) | 1/20/2014

    " Laid-back Pelecanos means that he spends more time painting the landscape of his beloved D.C. This tale shows parole officers, animal control officers, and drug-gang soldiers just trying to get through day-to-day...and that isn't always as easy as it seems. Very enjoyable and short on dramatic contrivances (despite the title). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teresa in Ohio | 1/10/2014

    " I really enjoy his Shane Scully series( The Viking Funeral) and his stand alone (The Night Gardener) so I had high hopes for this book. Sadly it failed to even come close to a good story, I read it at the pool while the children swam, so I wouldn't be bored. Being bored would of been a better thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 11/10/2013

    " good insight into the world of the drug dealers in big city US "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr. Crusader | 5/6/2013

    " This was my first Pelecanos books and I enjoyed the story and characters immensely. Would have never heard about this writer had it not been for this particular book being shown in a scene on the HBO hit show "The Wire." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 5/4/2013

    " I'm sure there are people who would like this book but not me. It was listed as a mystery and i got about 40 pages in and no hint of mystery. To be honest this book was so depressing I didn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evyn Charles | 5/21/2012

    " Top of the class in this genre! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake | 5/2/2012

    " Meh. I expect more from one of the primary writers of The Wire. I'll give George a second chance on account of his involvement with the Best Television Program Ever. Suggestions? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/25/2012

    " Enjoyed this audiobook. Excellent reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myke Reiser | 10/26/2011

    " An animal control cop is a surprising badass in this otherwise unsurprising tale of gangsterism. The PO, while sexy, is predictable as hell. Still there was some cool shit that happened and some guns got fired so that's always good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Cole | 9/22/2011

    " Very good read in the contemporary style of Mr. Pelecanos. While not a nail-biter with each page, his writing makes you feel the anguish of a big city existence. You will not be disappointed by spending your time with this work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbi | 8/24/2011

    " Recommended for fans of "The Wire." It would have gotten a higher rating except for the ending.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 8/19/2011

    " Just what I've come to expect from Pelecanos - taut, hard-boiled, gritty police/detective fiction. No one captures the rhythms of the inner city street quite like he does. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hazel | 8/8/2011

    " I tried to read this before, and gave up after the first pointless sexual encounter. This time I finished it, and remain unimpressed. This seems just the sketch of a novel. I think Pelecanos can do much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vaughan | 5/8/2011

    " Somewhere between 3 and a half and 4 stars. Much better than The Turnaround, with much the same subject matter. My favorite of his is still King Suckerman but this is a good one, more "mature" and sociological etc "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/26/2011

    " Starts slow but has a good story line and references a lot of DC street knowledge "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheila | 12/23/2010

    " I've read books by this author before and really liked them. I couldn't even finish this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/14/2010

    " I read this on the plane from Santa Barbara to Boston and I have to say it kept me riveted all the way. Pelecanos really has an amazing talent for dialogue and character development, as well as storytelling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/15/2010

    " Author tried too hard to prove that he knows DC. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Genevieve | 6/7/2010

    " I don't know why I read this book, something different maybe? This book is ok if you'd like to learn the bad neighborhoods of DC, and which corners belong to which drug lords. Otherwise, skip it, and apparently it's the first in a series? hmmm.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 5/8/2010

    " A forgettable crime novel. I'd always wanted to try reading Pelecanos, since I'm a fan of the Wire, but this book was underwhelming. It did remind me of the Wire somewhat though... and it was interesting to me being set in D.C. But I will probably forget everything about it in about 2 days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/12/2010

    " Lorenzo Brown is employed by the SPCA to protect animals from mistreatment. He works in Washington DC at a time when drugs were freely available on the street. Not surprisingly, there is a fair amount of violence in the book. The story is engaging and fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/5/2009

    " Intriguing tale of crime on the streets of Washington D.C. "

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About the Author
Author George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels set in and around Washington, DC. His works have earned him the Raymond Chandler Award in Italy, the Falcon Award in Japan, and the Grand Prix Du Roman Noir in France. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and a producer and Emmy-nominated writer of the HBO hit series The Wire. He currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives with his family in Silver Spring, Maryland.