Drama City

Drama City

by George Pelecanos, Chad Coleman
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Drama City 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just did not like. Never finished it.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Pelecanos has a way of making a story come alive, and he gets you into his characters, even the ones having the hardest time getting it straight. Hard to stop reading this one.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A masterpiece. Impossible to put down. Beyond the great characters and story, there is a subtle metaphor woven throughout, relating the plight of the dogs to the that of the characters, both victims of an environment that is beyond their control. I liked George Pelecanos after reading a couple of the Derek Strange novels. After this, I am a permanent fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge George Pelecanos fan, and other huge Pelecanos fans will probably disagree with this review, but I was somewhat disappointed by Drama City. In his previous books, Pelecanos weaves the compelling stories of inner-city life around an interesting mystery. The two elements help to make the books special and the characters more interesting. Drama City is not a mystery, rather just a story about how lives intersect and collide in the drug infested streets of Washington, D.C., where lives are snuffed out because of unintentional slights. While the book is sad and as gripping as Pelecanos' stories always are, this type of story has been told before and Drama City does not feel unique or better than those other stories. While all his books paint inner city characters in a negative light, this book seemed to sometimes cross the line into broad stereotyping and few if any of the African American characters had any redeeming characteristics. Derek Strange, an inner city character from his four previous novels with many redeeming characteristics, makes a Hitchcock-like cameo at the beginning and end of Drama City, and I found myself hoping he would enter the story -- just to feel some redemption -- but in both scenes he is passed by, and Drama City goes on without him. I understand how Pelecanos needs to move on from his previous serials, and this book was hard to put down, but it still left me a little disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George Pelecanos has been called 'the poet laureate of the crime world,' and justifiably so. 'Drama City,' a gritty, throbbing story of two damaged souls reinforces that description. Once again, Pelecanos uses Washington as his backdrop. This is where we meet Lorenzo Brown, out on parole and working as a dog catcher for the Humane Society. He's walking a tightwire, only knowing that he doesn't want to lose his hard earned freedom. To accomplish this, he needs the help of his parole officer, Rachel Lopez. Regrettably, Rachel has problems of her own - too much alcohol and too many men. The streets that Lorenzo patrols aren't pretty ones, they a playground for drug dealers, warring drug dealers. It seems inevitable that Lorenzo will be caught in the middle and perhaps even pulled back into his old way of life. Much of this author's skill lies in creating unforgettable, often frightening characters. One such in 'Drama City' is Rico, a teenager whom Pelecanos describes as only smiling when he's thinking of hurting someone. Rico's nickname is 'Creep,' the name his mother calls him. No one ever said this was a pretty story. It is not. It is both shocking and superb, wonderfully read by stage and TV actor Chad Coleman. - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
After spending eight years in a cell, Lorenzo Brown enjoys freedom refusing to do push-ups as they represent incarceration after doing five hundred a day while in prison. He regrets not knowing his daughter as he was in jail when she was born and her mom refuses him any contact. To keep him company while he goes straight, Lorenzo rescued a canine Jasmine. To the shock of his former street pals, Lorenzo works for the man as a Humane Society Officer, a ¿Dog Man¿ protecting animals from the abuse of humans.--- His dedicated parole officer Rachel Lopez tries to do the right thing for her clients, but has her own woes and addictions to also contend with. Lorenzo and Rachel regularly meet over tuna subs to discuss how he is doing. However, Lorenzo¿s life suddenly gets caught up in illegal brutal animal fights that return the game into his life though it is not what he wants. He learns of the murder of two young new players; he knows a thug from the old times killed them, but staying straight, the hardest job Lorenzo ever held, means staying out.--- DRAMA CITY is a terrific insightful thriller that focuses on how difficult it is for someone to stay straight when they return to the same neighborhood that incubated their criminal behavior. The story line mostly follows Lorenzo as he tries to remain out of trouble, but wonders if the local mantra once a player always a player is a truism. George Pelecanos provides a thought provoking thriller on struggling to stay alive while going straight.--- Harriet Klausner
annie_books More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this author but honestly -- I can't even remember the story line anymore except that I thought it was basic and predictable.