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Christopher Flynn is trying to get it right. After years of trouble and rebellion that enraged his father and nearly cost him his life, he has a steady job in his father's company, he's seriously dating a woman he respects, and, aside from the distrust that lingers in his father's eyes, his mistakes are firmly in the past.

One day on the job, Chris and his partner come across a temptation almost too big to resist. Chris does the right thing, but old habits and instincts rise to ...

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Overview

Christopher Flynn is trying to get it right. After years of trouble and rebellion that enraged his father and nearly cost him his life, he has a steady job in his father's company, he's seriously dating a woman he respects, and, aside from the distrust that lingers in his father's eyes, his mistakes are firmly in the past.

One day on the job, Chris and his partner come across a temptation almost too big to resist. Chris does the right thing, but old habits and instincts rise to the surface, threatening this new-found stability with sudden treachery and violence. With his father and his most trusted friends, he takes one last chance to blast past the demons trying to pull him back.

Like Richard Price or William Kennedy, Pelecanos pushes his characters to the extremes, their redemption that much sweeter because it is so hard fought. Pelecanos has long been celebrated for his unerring ability to portray the conflicts men feel as they search and struggle for power and love in a world that is often harsh and unforgiving but can ultimately be filled with beauty.

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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
Nobody can teach George Pelecanos anything he doesn't already know about the inherent drama in the father-son dynamic.
New York Times
Sarah Weinman
THE WAY HOME remains true to its titular purpose; as a result, the structure is perhaps less weighted toward a classic narrative arc and more toward the journey itself. As with his last two novels, Pelecanos demonstrates that redemption, if it comes at all, is hard-won.
Los Angeles Times
Kevin Allman
In George Pelecanos's THE WAY HOME, it's the little things that matter...he's fascinated by the minor decisions that end up making a huge difference in the long run, and the ripples that result when good but imperfect people try to do the right thing-even when they're not exactly sure what the right thing is.
Washington Post
John Weisman
Between the wonderful dialogue, the characters who unpeel like onions before your eyes, and action that punches from the shoulder and hip - the very technique Thomas Flynn taught young Chris - Mr. Pelecanos brings things off with bravura.
Washington Times
John Weisman - Washington Times
"Between the wonderful dialogue, the characters who unpeel like onions before your eyes, and action that punches from the shoulder and hip - the very technique Thomas Flynn taught young Chris - Mr. Pelecanos brings things off with bravura."
Sarah Weinman - Los Angeles Times
"THE WAY HOME remains true to its titular purpose; as a result, the structure is perhaps less weighted toward a classic narrative arc and more toward the journey itself. As with his last two novels, Pelecanos demonstrates that redemption, if it comes at all, is hard-won."
Kevin Allman - Washington Post
"In George Pelecanos's THE WAY HOME, it's the little things that matter...he's fascinated by the minor decisions that end up making a huge difference in the long run, and the ripples that result when good but imperfect people try to do the right thing-even when they're not exactly sure what the right thing is."
Marilyn Stasio - New York Times
"Nobody can teach George Pelecanos anything he doesn't already know about the inherent drama in the father-son dynamic."
From the Publisher
"A crime novel, yes, but the talented Pelecanos shoes it out of its comfort zone. . . . Redemption the hard way, well-crafted and deeply felt."—Kirkus (starred review)

"Nobody can teach George Pelecanos anything he doesn't already know about the inherent drama in the father-son dynamic."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

"THE WAY HOME remains true to its titular purpose; as a result, the structure is perhaps less weighted toward a classic narrative arc and more toward the journey itself. As with his last two novels, Pelecanos demonstrates that redemption, if it comes at all, is hard-won."—Sarah Weinman, Los Angeles Times

"In George Pelecanos's THE WAY HOME, it's the little things that matter...he's fascinated by the minor decisions that end up making a huge difference in the long run, and the ripples that result when good but imperfect people try to do the right thing-even when they're not exactly sure what the right thing is."—Kevin Allman, Washington Post

"Between the wonderful dialogue, the characters who unpeel like onions before your eyes, and action that punches from the shoulder and hip - the very technique Thomas Flynn taught young Chris - Mr. Pelecanos brings things off with bravura."—John Weisman, Washington Times

Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Pelecanos (The Turnaround) probes the volatile and fragile relationship between a father, Thomas Flynn, and his son, Chris, in this less than satisfying effort. As a rebellious teen into drugs, Chris had minor brushes with the law and did a stint in juvenile prison. Now 26, he's working for his father's D.C.-area carpet installation business and staying clean. Still, Thomas remains disappointed in his son's lack of achievement or ambition, and Chris remains resentful that he's not accepted for who he is. A rather tired device, a bag of stolen money found by Chris and a friend and fellow former inmate, serves to set in motion a chain of actions that will lead to critical decisions for both Flynns. Pelecanos adroitly sketches the obstacles and temptations that face juvenile offenders in and after prison, but this novel, with its dispassionate style, never manages to generate high suspense or evoke much sympathy for its characters. Author tour. (May)

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Library Journal

Pelecanos mines familiar territory in his new novel about the strained relationship between a father and son in Washington, DC. Chris Flynn disappointed his father terribly when, after a string of juvenile crimes, he finally committed one serious enough to land himself in Pine Ridge, a facility for juvenile offenders. Now an adult, Chris is working for his father's carpet installation company, leading a clean life and hoping to earn his father's respect. Trouble comes in the form of $50,000 found at a job site and someone from Chris's Pine Ridge past. While Pelecanos has a knack for strong characterization and a clear sense of place, the similarities to his work on HBO's The Wire and his recent The Turnaround make this novel somewhat of a disappointment to regular fans.
—Julie Elliott

Kirkus Reviews
A crime novel, yes, but the talented Pelecanos (The Turnaround, 2008, etc.) shoves it out of its comfort zone. He needn't worry, 17 year old Chris Flynn brashly assures his father as the door of Pine Ridge Reformatory is about to shut behind him: "I know how to jail." How did Chris get there, decently brought up kid that he is-loving parents, solid middle-class home? He has no idea. Oh, he can talk about "Good Chris, Bad Chris," but that riff no longer satisfies the way it once did. All he knows for sure is that Bad Chris brought him within an inch of killing someone during a wild, drug-filled night that ended with a string of exasperated D.C. cops running him down. Thus his sentence to Pine Ridge, leaving a frustrated father and a heartbroken mother wondering where they went wrong. Unexpectedly, however, Pine Ridge proves to be a way of starting over. Bleak and dehumanizing though it is, Chris grows up there, copes with adversity, makes better friends, keeps Bad Chris caged. Ten years later, he's put a life together. He has a worthwhile girlfriend. His always thorny relationship with his father is at least manageable. Lulled, he thinks the past is safely buried. But when a pair of killers show up claiming he has something that belongs to them, Chris learns how inexorably the past is prologue. Redemption the hard way, well-crafted and deeply felt. Author tour to New York, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Houston, Phoenix, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316156493
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

George Pelecanos is the author of several highly praised and bestselling novels, including The Cut, What It Was, The Way Home, The Turnaround, and The Night Gardener. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and the recipient of numerous international writing awards. He was a producer and Emmy-nominated writer for The Wire and currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives in Maryland.

Biography

Few writers have employed the mean streets of Washington, D.C. as effectively as George Pelecanos, the award-winning author of two acclaimed detective series and several standalone noirs of exceptional quality.

Pelecanos debuted in 1992, with A Firing Offense, a fast-paced crime novel that introduced Nick Stefanos, a Greek-American advertising executive for an electronics chain who is reluctantly drawn into investigative work when a stock boy at his company goes missing. By book's end, Nick has lost his job and applied for his P.I. license, paving the way for further (mis)adventures. Neverthless, the series has proved anything but predictable. Some books move forward in time to reveal Nick's sad descent into alcoholism; others flash back to investigate his family's past—with Nick relegated to cameo appearances in stories that span several generations and feature a cast of interrelated characters. Beloved by readers and critics alike, the Stefanos books cast unsparing light on a city tragically mired in crime, poverty, and racism.

In his Derek Strange and Terry Quinn series, Pelecanos delves further into the racial and cultural divide between white and black. Beginning with 2001's Right as Rain, these novels feature a "salt and pepper" team of ex-cops turned detectives who forge an uneasy friendship as they investigate cases in the blighted heart of D.C. The very model of noir, the stories are steeped in the violence, brutality, and despair of urban life, but the dynamic between the tough but sensitive Strange and his younger, more volatile partner offers a hopeful and humanizing counterbalance.

A distinguishing characteristic of Pelecanos's writing is an inclusion of musical references to create atmosphere, anchor period settings, and develop his characters' personalities. (His 2004 novel Hard Revolution, a prequel to the Strange/Quinn books, was packaged in limited quantity with a CD of '70s soul music.) Pelecanos has also published mysteries and thrillers, short fiction, reviews and essays, and screenplays for film and television—most notably HBO's superb urban procedural The Wire.

Good To Know

In our interview, Pelecanos shared some interesting anecdotes about past gigs:

"I began to work at my father's lunch counter in downtown D. C. when I was 11 years old, the summer after the riots of April 1968. It was the single most influential experience of my life. Everything I've written about since has seeds in that summer."

"Another good job I had was selling women's shoes, for obvious reasons. Writing for a living isn't bad, either. It beats digging ditches or washing dishes. I know, because I've done those things, too."

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  • Posted April 4, 2010

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    Although Thomas Flynn never attended college, he became a successful entrepreneur. All he wants for his son, Chris, is to see him go to college and succeed in life. But Chris has no interest in school and drifts toward a life of drugs and petty crime. Placed in a juvenile facility until 18, Chris takes a job with his father once he graduates high school. Although Flynn is disappointed in Chris and Chris resents his father's plans for his future, the two learn to work together without conflict. Thomas begins to hope that Chris is maturing and leaving behind the past, but when one of Chris's friends is murdered and Chris begins acting suspiciously, Flynn fears his son has slipped back into the past, to a place he can never leave behind.

    The predominant theme is a character study of two men in a contentious relationship, one not uncommon to many fathers and sons. Through characters and plot, Pelecanos relays his own message concerning juvenile detention centers and rehabilitating young criminals. He adds suspense to the story with the murder of Chris's friend and nicely develops a back story reflecting on Chris's time in the juvenile facility, touching upon the injustices Chris endures in that center as well as his relationship with the other young boys facing the same fate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Far from his best

    George Pelecanos has written many good books. This is not one of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    High School literature

    Paper weight

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Friends and family make a difference.

    My husband bought the book and I read it after him

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Pelecanos delivers a good story as usual

    Pelecanos has a great feel for dialogue and knows how to make us feel sympathy for even questionable characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    good read!

    Pelecanos always stresses values. This shows family values and how differences in family values produces problems that then get blamed on race and class.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Good Real Life Thriller

    I enjoyed this book. I read a good review of it that compared him to Richard Price. That and his credits from "The Wire" convinced me to take a chance on this book. He is not quite up to Price's standard, but then that is a high bar.
    Chris is from a good home in DC but he has become a delinquent. With several incidents already on his record, he attacks a man physically for no good reason and then starts a high speed reckless chase through the city streets, causing accidents and injuries. He spends time in a juvenile facility, where he is the only white boy, so that becomes his nickname. Then, the story jumps ahead about 8, 9 years. Chris is now working for his father's business, laying carpet. He is teamed with another former juvenile offender that he met inside. Another of them is now working with kids in DC, trying to set them up with employment to help them avoid lockup after they get into legal trouble. Another is a low life still using and up to no good, but also starting a little business for himself.
    On a job, Chris and his partner find money beneath the floorboards. They decide to leave it there, at Chris's insistence. His partner tells the low life about it and he breaks in and steals the money. Predictably, the criminal who stashed the money there gets out of prison and goes to recover it. When it is not there, he tracks down Chris and his friends.
    I had some problems with the plot seeming illogical at times. Chris could have turned the money over to the police and if no one claimed it, or if it was not linked to specific crimes, he could have ended up with the money. But, Chris still has problems dealing with the police, so although this is not said, he could have decided not to consider that option for that reason. Also, there are some inaccuracies in the book with the law and legal issues, which, being a lawyer, always bother me when I see them.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

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    Fabulous

    There is no one quite like Pelecanos; his writing is in a class all its own. I wish he published more often. This novel, like his others, has it all. Depth, humor, emotion. Like Elmore Leonard but with a little more heart. Now I have to go back to the mundane world of novels until he comes out with a new one. Can't wait!

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

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    Unusual characters, unpredictable plot - satisfying read!

    The Way Home draws you in quickly and deeply. I couldn't help but sympathize with and become invested in what happened to Chris Flynn and his friend Ben Braswell. Complex and flawed, Chris comes across so clearly and authentically. His regret, his uncertainty and his desire to change make Chris one of the most interesting characters that I've come across in a while. Unlike most of his fellow inmates in the juvenile detention center, Chris came from a supportive middle class family. Upon his release, his parents rallied around him and celebrated his return. They helped train him, find gainful employment and gave him the sense that his life can continue to improve. Part of Chris's sense of disquiet comes from the difference between himself and his fellow inmates. He recognizes that his good fortune and he tries to behave decently to those around him. Chris's best friend Ben had a very different background. Ben's mother had died young from a drug overdose and he'd been in various foster homes until he entered juvenile detention. But since having been released, working for Flynn's Floors with Chris, and with his love of reading, Ben had moved beyond the dark places of his past and "looked forward to learning something new each day."

    The difficult and complicated relationship between Chris and his father Thomas Flynn of Flynn's Floors adds to the complexity and richness of the story. Carefully crafted with the numerous plot twists and unusual characters, The Way Home an unpredictable and satisfying read.

    Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (May 12, 2009), 336 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

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  • Posted November 6, 2009

    Same old stuff

    George writes about the stuff he knows. All of his books are centered on the DC area. I would love to see George write something different. His books are just too dark for me. Mildly entertaining, but it leaves your wanting more depth.

    George has come a long way from the days when he was selling shoes at the Bootlegger.

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

    Readable but not Memorable

    Pelecanos writes well in a terse, kinetic way. His people are real and the situations are familiar and real. One is involved when reading this book but one tends to forget the plot and characters soon after finishing the book. The Way Home is like a good meal from your favorite diner- fun while there but hardly a topic of conversation after.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    The Way Home

    This is the first time I read this author and have to say that I had a really hard time putting this book down. This is an amazing novel, a page turner from the first few pages to the last page. Mr. Pelecanos makes you feel like you know the characters, like you are right there beside them.
    I am looking forward reading more books by this talented author.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    excellent novel

    The Way Home by George Pelecanos
    Chris Flynn is a bad kid, always in trouble and disappointing his father. He steals, he does drugs, he skips school, any trouble he can get into. But then Chris gets caught and goes to juvenile detention. After Chris gets out, he tries to live a different life. He goes to work for his father, installing carpets with a friend from juvie, Ben. One day, Chris and Ben are replacing a carpet for a real estate agent that also flips houses. They find a bag hidden in the floor, it contains fifty thousand dollars. Ben wants to take it, but Chris says no. He's been working hard to get his life back on track and win the respect of his Dad. But Ben can't keep his mouth shut and the money disappears. That money belongs to someone and he wants it back. Chris is torn between who he has become and who he used to be.
    This was a really great read, well-written and moved quickly. Part suspense, part social commentary, and part father-son relationships.
    Pelecanos introduces us to Chris's world in juvenile detention and how he and his friends fare in the adult world. And how lucky Chris is to have a family waiting for him after he gets out of jail. Chris's father is disappointed in him, but refuses to give up and is always there for him. Chris is a well-rounded, likable character, and I couldn't help but root for him, hoping he will make the right choices. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it. I think I will be checking out other work by this writer.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2009

    Captavating

    I didn't want to put it down.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Pelecanos' newest about redemption and evil

    I've read almost everything George Pelecanos has written over the years. His writing for The Wire for television is first rate. In this new novel and in his last, The Night Gardener, he seems to have put to rest his own past. He deals with redemption and believes it possible but recognizes some are so flawed, so damaged, they are not salvageable. This is a novel about a father and a son who matures. He knows the real DC, a world unrelated to the political realm and government and knows soul music like few others I have read. There is less about music but he is a keen observer of real people with real problems and issues. He is comfortable discussing race and his characters live in a real world with tension and racism and deep friendship and community. This is excellent and moving writing.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    I can't review this book as I haven't yet received it!!!

    You'll get my review when and only when I'll be able to read that book.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    Is It The Right Way?

    This modest book about troubled families and troubled teens is an interesting read, yet offers little new on the subjects at hand. I did enjoy reading the copy which I paid for, as no publishers send me advance copies. There are plenty worse books out there, so if you have an interest in the subject matter, buy your copy today.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Profound

    In DC, seventeen year old Chris Flynn knows he grew up in a comfortable home with loving parents nurturing him. Somehow along the way "Bad Chris" emerged as a rebel seeking trouble: "Good Chris" goes dormant. On drugs, he gets into a car accident and almost kills the other driver when they discuss the cause. He gives the cops a run for their money, but eventually is sent to Pine Ridge juvenile detention facility; his angry perturbed father seeks to blame someone else while his mother is devastated. At Pine Ridge, Chris makes friends with other troubled youth who teach him how to hide "Bad Chris" from civilians and when to allow "Bad Chris" to take control. ------------

    A decade later, Chris seems to have straightened himself out. One day he and his peer find money that he thinks they should ignore. Soon afterward two killers demand Chris hand over what he stole or else. He knows that to survive he needs to free "Bad Chris".----------------

    THE WAY HOME is an exciting character study of a young male who struggles with inner demons while knowing he has let down his mom, fears he will let down his nice girlfriend, and is not sure whether he cares that he lets down his dad. Although a key element to the lead character's behavior is his relationship with his father; that disturbed link is explored on a surface level without digging deep into either's psyche re this issue. Ironically George Pelecanos does enable his audience to understand "Good and Bad Chris", just not what either side of the protagonist thinks of his dad beyond the shallow musings. Still aptly titled, fans will enjoy Mr. Pelecanos' profound look at a troubled person ------------------------------

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

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    Could Have Been Better!

    I want to thank the author for sending me an advance copy and am sorry that I cannot give the book a higher rating. The story centers on Chris Flynn and his father, Thomas Flynn. Chris had all the advantages growing up that most middle class kids have. Somewhere in his teens Chris became a renegade, who got into trouble. He no longer cared about school and he was doing minor thefts. Some of this may have been related to his relationship with his father but that only becomes clear later on in the book.

    One day Chris gets into an argument with another driver after a street accident and he does something stupid that gets him sent to a juvenile prison facility. While there Chris gets in with a gang of other troubled youths that he forms a friendship with and stays friends after they get out.

    Chris goes to work for his father and one day he and his partner find alot of money on a job. Chris tells the friend to leave it alone because the money will cause nothing but trouble. Sometime later the friend talks to someone else about the money and it causes a great deal of trouble that will take the story all the way to the climax.

    I felt very let down by this book, partly because the author spends a lot of pages describing things that could have been said in a paragraph. He also does very little to really explain the inner thoughts of Chris or his father so the reader never really cares about them. Also, when Chris is in the prison, the reader keeps anticipating something big happening and actually very little does.

    As the author is always on the bestseller list, I am sure most of his other books are superior so I would recommend starting with one of the books first.

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