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Drama City by George Pelecanos

In Drama City, George Pelecanos is back with another story in the gritty and violent streets of Washington, DC. Lorenzo Brown is a recovering addict who's done time and now thoroughly enjoys his sober life as an officer for the Humane Society. He spends his days on the streets taking care of mistreated and neglected dogs, but it's also the streets inhabited by the men of his past. A simmering drug war and new rise of gang leaders threatens to pull him back in against his will. His parole officer, Rachel Lopez, deals with her own inner torment by pursuing anonymous sexual encounters in the evening. As the streets begin to surge with explosive tension, both Rachel and Lorenzo must find if that goodness at their core can sustain them through the impending street war. Drama City has received mostly positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "Mr. Pelecanos puts the forces of good and evil on a collision course, igniting the kind of suspense that hinges on heartbreak. As this lean, stirring, knife-edged novel escalates, the question is not whether one of its principals will become a casualty. The question is when."

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New York Times review by Janet Maslin

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