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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Pelecanos, George P. Pelecanos Narrator: Richard Allen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Derek Strange Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597107297
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like the novels of Richard Price…Soul Circus is both tragedy and thriller, especially as it describes the all but accidental casualties of urban warfare…Mr. Pelecanos continues to display a sharp eye for detail and a terrific ear for street dialogue.”

    New York Times

  • “The novels of Pelecanos are passionate, vital, and vigorously demotic. They are also first-rate social history. If they have sense, historians to come will plumb them for evidence of how men and women lived, feared and coped in the war zones of everyday life: not only when they preyed on each other but when they talked, loved, listened to music, or just wasted time.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “What’s so brilliant about Soul Circus, and Pelecanos’s novels in general, is that he raises these questions not only in meditative passages (such as when Strange wonders how he ever lucked into the joys of a good marriage and fatherhood) but also in scenes of the rawest violence. In the space of a couple of paragraphs toward the middle of the novel, four gang members suddenly die in bloody, balletic sequence, and you find yourself reeling from the senselessness of their deaths, the waste of their stupid lives. Ditto for the ending of this superb novel, which shoves readers into an unwanted audience with the awful silence at the center of things.”

    Washington Post

  • “This is vintage Pelecanos, with characters to remember, dialogue that rocks, an unsentimental, kinetic tableau of the D.C. underworld, and, most of all, a conscience.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Reader Richard Allen contributes gritty authenticity…A strong entry in an excellent series.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/9/2014

    " I have been reading a lot of Pelecanos lately. His love of music, automobiles and the rich social strata of DC shines through his work and makes for infectious reading. The ending (I won't give it away) felt out of place but was badass and satisfying from a political standpoint nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/22/2013

    " Private Detective Strange is an intricately drawn, complex character with very human emotions and flaws, but also hard-learned wisdom. I feel educated and better off for hearing him speak on the subjects he is passionate about. Rich characters and a strong sense of place was just what I was looking for when I picked up this book, and Pelecanos does not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 12/9/2013

    " The more I read of Pelecanos the more I come to like his terse, understated style. A great conclusion to the "Derek Strange Trilogy" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 10/27/2013

    " Its pretty hard to find a bad Pelecanos book.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 10/26/2013

    " Pelecanos may be the best mystery writer alive, as good as (if not better than) Elmore Leonard. This is one of his best, and reads as if it were influenced by the time he spent working on The Wire with David Simon, my nominee for the best TV series ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 10/16/2013

    " Most people know how much I love HBO's The Wire (watch it, love it, watch it again), and Pelecanos wrote for the show. I've never thought I would like hard-boiled crime fiction, but his stuff is fantastic. You find empathy for the characters, even the street-level bangers who are in a situation they just don't know how to get out of (another theme of "The Wire"). His main character, private investigator Derek Strange, is a terrific, complicated character to build a series around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 9/25/2013

    " A Washington, D.C., crime lord fights for his life in court while P.I. Derek Strange finds a woman whose testimony could mean death or freedom for the crime lord. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudejer | 9/17/2013

    " You can't go wrong with a Derek Strange story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 9/15/2013

    " This was a little hard to follow in places as it takes place in the middle of gangland. I wasn't familiar with all of the gang-speak but managed to figure most of it out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Hatcher | 3/17/2013

    " a good crime book about life in gangs where drugs, guns and death run rampant "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al Canary | 9/24/2012

    " For me it started out slow and wondering if I really wanted to finish. But at approx midway the acton picked up & finished with a most satisfiing conclusion. Once again the Author comes thru with a better than average read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary G. | 6/30/2012

    " It was only ok. Pelecanos is a very good writer but this wasn't just my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 5/26/2012

    " Well-written, interesting story, but soooo bleak and depressing. I got a kick out of all the references to 70's music, and I love the author's way with dialogue. Can't wait to read another one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 1/5/2012

    " Good book-- especially if you like Derek Strange and Terry Quinn. Does a great job of highlighting race issues in DC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 7/27/2011

    " I will read anything by this man. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morris | 12/11/2010

    " It's ok, The author jumps on several societal soapboxes, which distracts from the overall enjoyment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 9/2/2010

    " It was only ok. Pelecanos is a very good writer but this wasn't just my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 12/30/2009

    " Another Strange/Quinn caper in the nations capital. Hard, gritty & wonderfully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 10/1/2009

    " The more I read of Pelecanos the more I come to like his terse, understated style. A great conclusion to the "Derek Strange Trilogy" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 8/8/2009

    " Pelecanos may be the best mystery writer alive, as good as (if not better than) Elmore Leonard. This is one of his best, and reads as if it were influenced by the time he spent working on The Wire with David Simon, my nominee for the best TV series ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 suicide | 7/21/2009

    " straight up pekecanos...hardboiled dc crime stories... whats not to love??
    xoxo "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 6/24/2009

    " The PI team of Derek Strange and Terry Quinn handle a number of challenges in the downtrodden areas of Washington D.C. This novel portrays a gritty and realistic (to my view) of the drug culture of the city. The ending is both satisfactory and poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 6/21/2009

    " Very interesting book. The book written by a white man, with a main character who is African American poses many questions. One mans struggle to leave the world a better place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 6/12/2009

    " I will read anything by this man. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Richard Allen is an accomplished and respected theatrical actor whose work includes Ragtime and PBS’ Great Performances: Play On! His voice can be heard on numerous television and radio productions, as well as the animated series Jumanji. Allen is also the winner of seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.