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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,233 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Pelecanos Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Christopher Flynn is trying to get it right. After years of trouble and rebellion that enraged his father and nearly cost him his life, he has a steady job at his father’s company, he’s seriously dating a woman he respects, and, aside from the distrust that lingers in his father’s eyes, his mistakes are firmly in the past.

One day on the job, Chris and his partner come across a temptation almost too big to resist. Chris does the right thing, but old habits and instincts rise to the surface, threatening this newfound stability with sudden treachery and violence. With his father and his most trusted friends, he takes one last chance to blast past the demons trying to pull him back.

Like Richard Price or William Kennedy, Pelecanos pushes his characters to the extremes, their redemption that much sweeter because it is so hard fought. Pelecanos has long been celebrated for his unerring ability to portray the conflicts men feel as they search and struggle for power and love in a world that is often harsh and unforgiving but can ultimately be filled with beauty.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nobody can teach George Pelecanos anything he doesn’t already know about the inherent drama in the father-son dynamic.” 

    New York Times

  • “In George Pelecanos’ The Way Home, it’s the little things that matter...he’s fascinated by the minor decisions that end up making a huge difference in the long run, and the ripples that result when good but imperfect people try to do the right thing—even when they’re not exactly sure what the right thing is.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Between the wonderful dialogue, the characters who unpeel like onions before your eyes, and action that punches from the shoulder and hip—the very technique Thomas Flynn taught young Chris—Mr. Pelecanos brings things off with bravura.” 

    Washington Times

  • “A crime novel, yes, but the talented Pelecanos shoves it out of its comfort zone…Redemption the hard way, well-crafted and deeply felt.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2009 Hammett Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

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

    " Easy read; tough story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rosemary A. | 2/16/2014

    " Pelecanos takes us to the under belly of DC. And shows us that the mistake of youth is not repeated because of the love of family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jamie | 2/10/2014

    " Bad kid turns good. Finds stashedmoney, doesn't take - but ends up mixed up w/ it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hobson | 1/28/2014

    " Gritty story about a group of kids from a juvenile detention center in DC, and what happens with their lives when they get out. Starts out slowly, but the story really gets going midway through and builds for a big pay off ending. "

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