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Hard Revolution (Derek Strange & Terry Quinn Series #4)

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

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    Hard Revolution

    Although this novel features Derek Strange, Hard Revolution has the feel of George Pelecanos's masterpiece the D.C. Quartet, filling in the sixties, in this case, the '68 riots after the assassination of MLK Jr. However, this novel is not about the riots. Instead, the riots, and it's preceding events form a tension-filled stage in which Pelecanos weaves several stories involving a number of characters, colliding violently. The riots provide a terrific, terrifying set-piece near the end of the novel. Pelecanos is my favorite author and having read most of his novels, it is clear that his prose, dialogue, characters, depiction of violence, message, and pop-culture references are his strengths (that's a lot of strengths, but like I said, he's my favorite writer) and he doesn't hold back in Hard Revolution, which is among one of his best works. Hard revolution is a classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2011

    Highly recommended!!

    As with all his writings ,Mr Pelecanos takes the reader on two real journeys, one through the souls of his players and one through the streets of the non-political D.C.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    Much more than a crime fiction novel

    Hard Revolution is the first George Pelecanos book I have read and I would consider it one of the best books I have ever read. While it falls in the ¿crime fiction¿ genre, it is much more than that. It is a book that captures a time and place as well as any. I had the pleasure of seeing the author speak and when asked to recommend other books, rather than mentioning other crime fiction books, he recommended The Known World by Edward Jones ¿ the outstanding Pulitzer Prize winner. I felt that the characters in Hard Revolution were equally as well developed as those in The Known World, and that the book showed a balanced and real depiction of life in the city in the late 1960s. The crime and investigation aspects of the plot are very well handled, without being overly detailed or ridiculously convenient. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants either a great read or a great crime fiction story ¿ or both.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    Pelecanos brings it again

    If you are new to Pelecanos books, 'Hard Revolution' is a perfect place to start. Series hero Derek Strange gets more depth, and characterization in this 'prequel to the three earlier volumes in this series. Pelecanos transcends the mystery/thriller genre with each succeeding outing. The writing is masterful, as good as the best American writers working today in any genre. This should come with a warning label: 'May cause loss of sleep because it is impossible to put down.'

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    excellent

    great characters and dialogue

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Fills in a lot of blanks

    Not sure why this is called the Derek Strange/Terry Quinn Series 4....Terry is never mentioned in the book, but it does fill in a lot of blanks in the life of Derek.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    Slow in the begging

    This was the first book I have read by this author. It started of really slow, I almost put the book down nothing happened by chapeter 6. It gets better just read on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2004

    Very Good Crime Fiction

    This was one heck of a read. Pellecanos does a wonderful job of weaving a very intriguing crime drama with the real life drama of Washington, DC in the 60's.

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