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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,021 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Pelecanos Narrator: Lance Reddick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Derek Strange Series Release Date:
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It was a time when cars came dressed in chrome, white girls followed the Supremes, and a man in Memphis brandished a gun. On the streets of DC, where once people of all creeds and colors managed to live together, a tide of anger and confusion is taking young men in its wake.

Derek Strange is a rookie cop, the job he’s dreamed of since he was a boy. His brother, Dennis, has not been as fortunate; home from the service with a disability pension and zero prospects, he is a man with good intentions but bad habits. Derek has always looked out for Dennis, but no amount of brotherly love can save him from the dangerous world of Alvin Jones, a local bottom-feeder, hustler, and killer who draws him into his web of violence.

While the rookie cop navigates the rocky terrain of a city in turmoil, a family in crisis, and his love for a woman he has driven away, Frank Vaughn, a cop at the opposite end of his career, investigates the vicious hit-and-run of a young black man. Vaughn’s personal life is in shambles, but he’s good police; he pursues the killers with shark-like intent. Meanwhile, in Memphis, a prophet is murdered, igniting a volcanic chain of events that will leave the nation’s capital burned, divided, and decimated, forever changing the lives of its working-class inhabitants.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Pelecanos writes clean, tight, cogent prose with a heartfelt urgency. However convenient the story’s timing may be, it packs a serious punch.”

    New York Times

  • “No one who lives in this city and reads fiction and cares about the world we live in can afford not to read these books. They are reports from front lines that are only a few miles away, unblinking looks at a reality that is all around us, that perhaps we think we have known for years, and yet most often we have never really known at all.”

    Washington Post

  • “Pelecanos’ foray into Strange’s past does not in the end diminish, but rather adds to, our sense of his complexity and humanity…He never loses his delicate, personal touch.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Pelecanos’ vivid, astute, and meaningful narrative makes Hard Revolution an accomplished study of a culture tearing itself to pieces in the face of major social change…It’s a true testament to Pelecanos’ skill that no single plot element or story thread…outweighs the others. He uses his adept noir sensibility to further define personal tragedy and its greater symbolic meaning.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Pelecanos has been justly celebrated for his noir sensibility and his gritty portraits of the streets of Washington, DC, but he hasn’t been recognized for what may be his greatest achievement: redefining the art of writing serial fiction.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Written in rich, observant prose, the novel is a brilliant study of a society tearing apart as racial tensions escalate after the King killing; no wonder some observers have pointed to Pelecanos as the kind of thriller writer who should be nominated for a National Book Award.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As with the previous Strange works, this is a superior crime novel from one of the genre’s outstanding writers. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2005 Barry Award Finalist for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane | 2/19/2014

    " Pelecanos -master of American crime- but also I love the way he documents his novels and this one is a must for all those interested in the 60s era "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 2/19/2014

    " A really satisfying prequel - after 3 books of following Derek Strange in the current day, without really getting too much of his history, this look at his youth and brief time in MPD during the post King race riots of 1968 is most welcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian | 2/17/2014

    " Pretty cool - DC set against the back drop of the '68 riots. A little heavy on the focus on cars, but it was cool to read about places I know. My first Pellacanos book - he was one of the writers for the Wire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eddy Allen | 2/16/2014

    " "Derek Strange is a rookie cop, the job he's dreamed of since he was a boy. His brother, Dennis, has not been as fortunate; home from the service with a disability pension and zero prospects, he is a man with good intentions but bad habits. Derek has always looked out for Dennis, but no amount of brotherly love can save him from the dangerous world of Alvin Jones, a local bottom-feeder, hustler, and stone killer who draws him into his web of violence." While the rookie cop navigates the rocky terrain of a city in turmoil, a family in crisis, and his love for a woman he has driven away, Frank Vaughn, a cop at the opposite end of his career, investigates the vicious hit-and-run of a young black man. Vaughn's personal life is a shambles, but he's good police; he pursues the killers with sharklike intent. Meanwhile, in Memphis, a prophet is murdered, igniting a volcanic chain of events that will leave the nation's capital burned, divided, and decimated, forever changing the lives of its working-class inhabitants. "

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