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Drama City by George P Pelecanos

Drama City

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Drama City is the brilliant new novel from one of America's finest literary crime writers. Set in Washington DC an ex-con and former drug enforcer leaves jail and tries to go straight but in doing so in the course of his day repeatedly comes face-to-face with his old life and finds himself on the brink of a vicious turf war which could destroy him.

Comparisons: Elmore Leonard, James Ellroy, James Lee Burke

If you like George P Pelecanos you might also like to read books by James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard and James Lee Burke.


Drama City by George P Pelecanos

In DRAMA CITY, George Pelecanos returns to contemporary Washington DC for his most powerful crime novel yet.

Lorenzo Brown is fresh out of the clink. The former drug enforcer has vowed to go straight and found himself a job as an officer for the Humane Society. He patrols downtown DC looking for ill-treated pets - but in the course of his day repeatedly comes face-to-face with his old life. Rachel Lopez is an attractive young probation officer. Brown is one of her clients but also fast becoming one of her friends - perhaps he is one that can be saved. Nigel Johnson is a smart young drug-dealer on the make. He has plans to make a lot of money AND stay alive to spend it. He already runs his neighbourhood but doesn't realise that he stands on the brink of a vicious turf war which could destroy him.

From these basic players, Pelecanos weaves and amazing new novel, one that defines a generation of black, Hispanic and white Americans fighting - literally - for their lives.


'Top-rate literary crime writer'

About the Author

George P Pelecanos

George Pelecanos lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and children. He also manages Circle Films, an independent production company responsible for such films as the Coen Brothers' Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink.

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Publication date

31st March 2005


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Orion Publishing Co




Crime / Mystery
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