The Turnaround

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Little, Brown, Aug 1, 2008 - Fiction - 304 pages
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On a hot summer afternoon in 1972, three teenagers drove into an unfamiliar neighborhood and six lives were altered forever.
Thirty five years later, one survivor of that day reaches out to another, opening a door that could lead to salvation. But another survivor is now out of prison, looking for reparation in any form he can find it.
THE TURNAROUND takes us on a journey from the rock-and-soul streets of the '70s to the changing neighborhoods of D.C. today, from the diners and auto garages of the city to the inside of Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, where wounded men and women have returned to the world in a time of war. A novel of fathers and sons, wives and husbands, loss, victory and violent redemption, THE TURNAROUND is another compelling, highly charged novel from George Pelecanos, "the best crime novelist in America." -Oregonian

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

warning: This book describes events that are not true and people who don't exist. This is on purpose; it's a novel. I don't read much fiction but was prevailed upon to read this crime tale set in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Martz - Goodreads

I'm a big fan of George Pelecanos. I like his writing style and ability to create a realistic atmosphere for his novels. The Turnaround was one Pelecanos book that underwhelmed me. Although the ... Read full review

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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.

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