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Picking up where Hell to Pay left off, we find Strange working in Soul Circus on behalf of Granville Oliver, a manipulative black mobster charged with murder and racketeering, who faces the death penalty. To help his client knock that sentence down to life imprisonment, Strange will have to find a nail salon worker named Devra Stokes, who used to be the girlfriend of Phillip Wood, a former associate of Oliver's and now the prosecution's chief witness against him. Stokes had sworn out an abuse complaint against Wood, and might testify that he was behind at least one of the killings Oliver is said to have planned. But, fearing for her own safety and that of her young son, she wants no part of Oliver's defense. Meanwhile, Quinn--against his better judgment--helps a homely, unpredictable gangsta-wannabe, Mario "Twigs" Durham, locate his girlfriend, who supposedly went missing, but in fact skipped out with his drug stash. Even as the threads of this yarn come together amid a deadly gang conflict, Pelecanos stays focused on his characters--not only his intriguingly troubled sleuths, but also a deftly nuanced cop-turned-gun dealer, Ulysses Foreman. Buttressed by Pelecanos's street-slangy prose, Soul Circus delivers an un-blindered perspective on urban life (and death) that manages to be both frightening and hopeful. Not so unlike the city in which it's set. --J. Kingston Pierce
Not the best Pelecanos that I have read, but still it was worth it. As usual, author does a great job with dialogue and setting atmosphere. Its a quick read.Published 9 months ago by Charles L Williams
Great ear for dialog, true-to-life stories told with gritty, authentic prose. Pelecanos has a talent for capturing the ambiguities of his characters and their situations. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. aserlind
The audio was hard to understand at normal speed.
I had to slow down the speed to understand the the novel. Read more
Soul Circus is the third novel in the five-novel Derek Strange/Terry Quinn series. The others in order consist of Right as Rain, Hell to Pay, Hard Revolution, and What It Was. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dave Wilde
This book brings the reader back to the skull-thuggery of the DC suburbs, so tightly crafted and smooth until the roof falls in and the characters explode. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chief
Starting from when we picked the book, it seemed intriguing and exciting. We read some of the reviews, and many stated that it was a fascinating read and gave it five stars proving... Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by sarah
Pelecanos has got the real D.C. nailed. All praise to go go and Pelecanos. And, for you die-hards, check this out: [...]
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