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Hard Revolution (original 2004; edition 2005)

by George Pelecanos

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Title:Hard Revolution
Authors:George Pelecanos
Info:Phoenix (2005), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 384 pages
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Hard revolution by George P. Pelecanos (2004)

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Very enjoyable book. Main character is Derek Stange a Black Policeman in Washington DC book is set in 1968, during the run up to Martin Luther Kings assassination.
Very easy to read book. I imagine this book captures this period in time very well. Worth reading. I will look out for more of Pelecanos books. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Nov 25, 2012 |
Part of a series featuring Derek Strange. This is not the first one written but it is the first chronologically. It features kids & young adults in Washington DC in the 60's; the main part takes place in the days leading up to the assassination of MLK Jr., and the immediate aftermath. It is well-written with lots of period color, particularly the music (although I wondered if he would have mentioned Solomon Burke if Burke hadn't re-emerged.) There are ugly Black criminals & ugly White ones, and heroes & ordinary people. He gives little credence to th honest revolutionary sentiment that some people would have felt at the time.
  franoscar | Jan 2, 2008 |
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In this epic showdown from "one of the best crime novelists alive" (Dennis Lehane), police rookie Derek Strange tries to help his brother, a Vietnam vet with a disability pension and a drug problem. But Washington, D.C., like the rest of the country, soon reels from the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A rookie policeman in Washington, D. C. is surrounded by crimes that will make him the man he is eventually going to be.

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