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.
Pelecanos raises important questions about racism, friendship, loyalty, guilt and redemption in this tightly written story that leaves the reader pondering these issues long after the novel has been read. (Reviewed by Diane La Rue).
The New York Times - Janet Maslin
He tells a tight, suspenseful story. And he packs enough of a wallop to put The Turnaround on an express bus of its own.
The Washington Post - Patrick Anderson
[A] mature story, told with easy mastery, and no one who cares about Washington and about excellence in American writing should miss it.
he New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
The home truths he examines here...are familiar themes of his gritty Washington-based novels. But he has rarely pushed these articles of faith to such painful extremes or seemed so optimistic about the chances for redemption.
Starred Review. A virtue of this fine novel is the author's evident love for his characters, even the lost ones.
Starred Review. Pelecanos shows the distinction between those capable of making that turnaround and those who can't, while exploring a common humanity that goes deeper than differences of skin color and home turf.
Starred Review. The result is a beautifully written and thought-provoking novel of crime, friendship, aging and redemption.
The Fisher House Program War veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are coming back with
injuries that would have been fatal a few years ago. Medical advances mean
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