The Turnaround, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A brilliant novel from one of America's finest literary crime writers...On a hot summer afternoon in Washington DC 1972, three white teenagers, stoned and fearless, drive a stolen car into a rough, black neighbourhood.

Taunting local black kids through the car window, they speed off to what they think is safety. They find themselves trapped in a dead-end street whilst an angry mob gathers.

In the ensuing chaos, two of the white boys manage to escape, but Billy - the third friend - is shot dead. Thirty-five years later, one of these men reaches out to another, opening a door that could lead to salvation.

However, another survivor of that day is now out of prison, and is looking for reparation in any form he can find it ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780753826607



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A book that was a pleasure to read as it just oozed class. The portrayal of intergenerational relationships and the attendant pride and emotion that a father and son have for each other was beautifully represented and brought an emotional edge to this book as I recalled my own father and thought of my son. The story itself was relatively simple and perhaps the final conclusion was a little predictable as you could see it coming but given that I had tired of Pelecanos slightly during the Derek Strange books this brought me back to when I first discovered him and the Nick Stefanos books. Not as strong as The Night Gardener which I thought was phenomenal but still....

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As always with GP this is a really good read. Believable characters, believable life stories and (what seems for a non American) pitch perfect dialogue. The author has said that much of the inspiration for this came from his own background and it shines through. My only criticism would be that the story is a little too happy by the end and most of the loose ends get tied up in a way that doesn't happen in real life. But I'm nit picking, after all the book is called The Turnaround and is about how people can turn their lives around.

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