Receiving a new George Pelecanos
novel wreaks havoc on my well-ordered universe. I immediately set aside all but my most urgent responsibilities and appointments until I have turned the last page of his latest opus. Fortunately, his storytelling is of the page-turning species. In his latest tome, six D.C. teenagers meet in the early ‘70s in a dramatic and deadly fashiona meeting that reverberates 30-plus years later, as Pelecanos employs his universally lauded (OK, except for Ishmael Reed), fine-tuned vision of urban life and black-and-white race relations.