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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 P. Pelecanos Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781600247323
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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 Jennifer | 2/19/2014

    " Easy read; tough story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/27/2014

    " A good story about characters coming to terms with disappointment and reality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 1/21/2014

    " So this is on Obama's vacation reading pile. Not that impressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bap | 1/18/2014

    " Pelecanos is a fine writer. His books are set in DC and it is all familiar. He is a step up from a crime novelists. This book is a coming of age story, the good Chris and the bad Chris and his parents. Decent people doing the best they can as Chris graduates from the juvenile detention system of DC. You have honor, friendship, and family. You also have an encounter with a very bad set of characters. Pelecanos is a good break from the WW2 binge I have been on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 1/11/2014

    " The dialogue didn't feel genuine, but hokey. Typical story about a rebellious youth growing into maturity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 12/8/2013

    " watch the wire instead "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 11/1/2013

    " I really enjoy the character development in Pelecanos's books, though I can see why his detail-laden writing style is infuriating to some readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christiane | 3/13/2013

    " This book was just okay, hence the 2 stars. Don't get me wrong - it was easy to read and a quick book to get into, but the plot was completely crystal clear and I found myself bored halfway into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 2/25/2013

    " This book could have got the job done in two thirds of its length. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Cottingham | 12/26/2012

    " #23 for 2010. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 11/29/2012

    " Not Mr. Pelecanos' best work. It was still a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 3/22/2012

    " George Pelecanos is a big favorite of mine with his gritty, street wise view of Washington D.C.. This novel gives us a peek into the juvenile justice system that would have captured many of the characters he wrote about in "The Wire." Gripping and always well crafted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Libby | 7/31/2011

    " good book. kind of corny, but i finished it in a day...so must be good. taught, easy to read, suspenseful. i will put more of his books on my bpl list. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 5/9/2011

    " Thought the reviews were over-rated. Described as crime novel but not very clever, characters were not very interesting or developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/21/2011

    " George Pelecanos can do no wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 4/13/2011

    " Really enjoying this tale of a father/son relationship. What does a dad do when the son goes off the rails, but then tries to make it better? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 3/25/2011

    " Not Mr. Pelecanos' best work. It was still a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 3/21/2011

    " No one writes about DC as well as Pelecanos. Gritty and true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/21/2011

    " OK, here's yet another mystery writer I'm hooked on. He's a good writer with something to say. Will definitely look into some of his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 1/17/2011

    " Pelecanos has a gift for the details and rhythms of urban life that, in his final chapters, succumbs to civic lessons and hopeful endings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linnet | 1/7/2011

    " Chris Flynn ends up in juvenile at age 16. He finds his way home to his family and a responsible adult life, with just one stumbling block and the deaths of two friends. "

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About the Author

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

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of fifteen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.