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The Way Home

by George P Pelecanos

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Way Home


CWA Gold Dagger Finalist 2010.


CWA Judges’ comments: 'A remarkable portrait of a blue collar family whose son is struggling to break free from his criminal past.'


The Lovereading view...

A crime novel that focuses largely on the relationship between a father and son. The crime element feels almost secondary to the intricate and tricky relationship between a son, who has spent time in a juvenile facility and now trying to go straight, and the father trying to help and understand him. However, having said that this lacks none of the punch of Pelcanos’s brilliant crime writing style and it a great thriller.


September 2010 Guest Editor Belle de Jour on George Pelecanos...

This is the sort of crime writing I love most – stripped down, but not simple; the characters are well-drawn without being overbearing. So many writers seem tempted to create more and more ludicrous plots to keep the interest going but Pelecanos holds on to you not with impossible crimes but with flawless realism and excellent writing.


Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 13 May 2010.


Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 7 March 2010.

The Way Home Synopsis

Hidden beneath the floorboards in a house he's remodeling, Christopher Flynn discovers something very tempting-and troubling. Summoning every bit of maturity and every lesson he's learned the hard way, Chris leaves what he found where he found it and tells his job partner to forget it, too. Knowing trouble when he sees it-and walking the other way-is a habit Chris is still learning.


Chris's father, Thomas Flynn, runs the family business where Chris and his friends have found work. Thomas is just getting comfortable with the idea that his son is grown, working, and on the right path at last. Then one day Chris doesn't show up for work-and his father knows deep in his bones that danger has found him.


Although he wishes it weren't so, he also knows that no parent can protect a child from all the world's evils. Sometimes you have to let them find their own way home.

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ISBN: 9780753827116
Publication date: 26/12/2009
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780753827116
Publication date: 26th December 2009
Author: George P Pelecanos
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About 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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