Cops and robbers" plots are two-a-penny. What raises Pelecanos
above so many others writing in this genre are his sub-plots and characterization. While the main plot has a beginning, a middle, and is more
or less tied up at the end, a number of the sub-plots that are so exceptionally
weaved into the main are left dangling, either we don't quite know where
they start or we don't know how they will end - this isn't frustrating,
it's just realistic. One such story-line is about Diego, Ramone's son, who
struggles to gain respect in the predominantly white suburban school his parents
have snuck him into (showing that Ramone, while definitely a "good cop" isn't
above bending the law when it comes to doing the best he can for his children).
As for his characters - Pelecanos's Washington is not the glamorous side of politics and money but the other side of the city, which...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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