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George Pelecanos's previous 11 novels have earned him high praise and a cult following. But here he has come up with a formula that's finally taking him to the top of the bestseller lists. Fans will find everything they've come to expect in this Derek Strange and Terry Quinn novel, in heaping dollops: street crime action, authentic ghetto dialogue, and the atmosphere of classic noir. The investigative duo work at cross-purposes again, leading them to confront one another and their own weakening moral stances, as Strange tries to save a gang lord on trial for his life and Quinn comes to the aid of a witness for the prosecution.
Soul Circus is an achievement both as a gritty urban thriller and an intense portrait of realistic, fallible characters. The energy and perils of Washington, D.C.'s dark side truly envelop the reader in Pelecanos's writing. The ugly, dangerous neighborhoods are also filled with compassion and even nobility, making a perfect parallel to the Strange-Quinn dynamics. It's a provocative, disturbing, and compelling narrative that will send shivers up your spine. Tom Piccirilli