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Lorenzo Brown just wants to stay straight After eight years in prison on a drug charge, he s come uptown back to the Washington, DC neighborhood where he grew up, where his old cohorts still work their corners and their angles, trying to get ahead and stay alive But Lorenzo s had enough of the life Now he has a job as a Humane Society officer, policing animal abusers and protecting the abused In the dangerous streets he used to menace, Lorenzo plays a part in maintain ing order and it s a role reversal some of his former friends don t appreciate Rachel Lopez, Lorenzo s parole officer, tries to help him, even as she battles her own demons and excesses Trying to stay one step ahead of her troubled past is a daily struggle It looks like they both might make it, until a malevolent young killer, working for the powerful local drug boss, changes everything with one violent act Now Lorenzo finds himself caught between the light and dark sides of the street, struggling to stay legit or throw everything away to exact revenge


10 thoughts on “Drama City

  1. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    Lorenzo Brown, dog catcher and ex con, struggles to keep from falling back into his old ways, while his parole officer, Rachel Lopez, has some problems of her own What will happen when two drug factions get into a dispute and Brown and Lopez find themselves caught in the crossfire Drama City is a throwback to George Pelecanos DC Quartet While it s a crime book, it s also a story of life in Washington, DC In this case, it s the story of a black man trying not to fall back into a life of dealin Lorenzo Brown, dog catcher and ex con, struggles to keep from falling back into his old ways, while his parole officer, Rachel Lopez, has some problems of her own What will happen when two drug factions get into a dispute and Brown and Lopez find themselves caught in the crossfire Drama City is a throwback to George Pelecanos DC Quartet While it s a crime book, it s also a story of life in Washington, DC In this case, it s the story of a black man trying not to fall back into a life of dealing drugs and a parole officer trying not to let her life go up in flames due to her addictions to sex and booze.Brown and Lopez are both deeply conflicted characters It could be that Brown s love of animals and feels toward the young woman and her little girl that he sees every day while walking his dog are all the keeps him from his old life of violence Lopez has never been in an equal relationship and the idea of one scares her Brown s friend from his youth, Nigel Johnson, is a fairly powerful drug dealer After a minor turf dispute with a rival dealer s thugs, things begin building and Lorenzo is pulled in when he breaks up a dog fighting ring Melvin Lee, one of the thugs he runs across, shares his parole officer.Father figures and growing up without a father play important roles in Drama City Rico Miller, psychopath that he is, sees Melvin as a father figure, and therein is the source of much of the drama that happens in the story Nigel Johnson sees himself as a father figure to Michael Butler, and when Michael winds up dead, things quickly escalate.There isn t a lot of action in Drama City Most of the events are of the emotional sort, but when the violence comes, it is brutal I love the twist at the end with Nigel and Lorenzo.Most of Pelecanos books have a cinematic feel but Drama City felt the most like a movie to me so far Like something that would probably be nominated but not win an Academy Award.As with all Pelecanos books, there are a lot of music references and a fair amount of car talk Derek Strange and his dog make an uncredited cameo appearance early on Well, Greco is named but not Strange One thing I noticed is that Pelecanos doesn t often point out skin color to describe characters so you might not realize someone is or isn t white right away.Like I said earlier, Drama City feels like a throwback to the DC Quartet to me Four out of five stars


  2. Greg Greg says:

    A high three stars I couldn t bring myself to give this four stars I think I ve been giving out too many four stars lately, so this one gets a three It s kind of like life in the game, sometimes shit just doesn t go your way Like the streets the book reviewing game has its victims The book is enjoyable There are only some many times I can make The Wire references about Pelecanos, or maybe I ve only made one reference in the past, but it still seems too much to repeat myself But reading Pe A high three stars I couldn t bring myself to give this four stars I think I ve been giving out too many four stars lately, so this one gets a three It s kind of like life in the game, sometimes shit just doesn t go your way Like the streets the book reviewing game has its victims The book is enjoyable There are only some many times I can make The Wire references about Pelecanos, or maybe I ve only made one reference in the past, but it still seems too much to repeat myself But reading Pelecanos is sort of like reading a minor sub plot line out of the TV show There was a small nod towards Omar in a Snoop esque character, which I would have enjoyed being developed a bitthan the tortured souls of the those that have left the game these tortured older people seem to be the bread and butter of Pelecanos, or maybe they seemed too much like the characters in Shame the Devil and The Way Home Drama City wasn t as good as his newest novel The moral ambiguity that I loved so much in the TV show is here, but in the written form I think he needs to go farther to get the same effect the show has I don t know what I mean by that, but I was thinking last night about the parts of The Wire that made it such a groundbreaking TV show, and so smart only really seem to make average literature Is it the mediums Do I expect a lot less from TV shows, or has television conditioned me to expect less that deviations from the black and white world of good and bad is considered edgy A good fun read, with a couple of cringe worthy moments but kind of predictable at times Oh, and there are a couple of continuity problems that irked me, but nothing too serious


  3. James Thane James Thane says:

    This is another excellent novel from George Pelecanos who demonstrates once again that he knows the seamier side of Washington, D.C inside and out and can portray it better than anyone else Even better are the characters who populate this novel some good, some bad, some still making up their minds, but virtually all of them struggling in one way or another.The main protagonist, Lorenzo Brown, once ran with a rough gang headed by his best boyhood friend But after serving eight years in prison This is another excellent novel from George Pelecanos who demonstrates once again that he knows the seamier side of Washington, D.C inside and out and can portray it better than anyone else Even better are the characters who populate this novel some good, some bad, some still making up their minds, but virtually all of them struggling in one way or another.The main protagonist, Lorenzo Brown, once ran with a rough gang headed by his best boyhood friend But after serving eight years in prison on a drug charge, Lorenzo is back on the street, determined to stay on the straight and narrow and make a new life for himself He finds a job as a dog man, working for the Humane Society, attempting to rescue mistreated dogs.Lorenzo must report periodically to his parole officer, an attractive but troubled woman named Rachel Lopez By day, Rachel is very conscientious and does her job well But by night, she drinks too much and picks up strangers in hotel bars for rough sex Outside of their scheduled sessions, Lorenzo and Rachel also occasionally run into each other at a mid day meeting of a Narcotics Anonymous chapter.Lorenzo is doing well, content in his humble job and steering clear of his former bad associates, when a simple mistake by a stupid gang banger threatens to set off a conflict between two of D.C s major drug lords, one of whom is still Lorenzo s friend The incident threatens both Lorenzo and Rachel and forces Lorenzo to make an agonizing choice.These characters are beautifully drawn and their story pulls you in from the first page These are real people in a setting that is totally believable and flawed or not, you can t help but sympathize with virtually all of them Certainly you won t soon forget them


  4. Melissa Melissa says:

    While a familiar man walks his familiar dog by a familiar sign at the beginning of this book, it isn t about any recurring characters, which actually happens to be quite refreshing I like Derek Strange the murderous boss, the less murderous boss, the scary psycho teenager with the dead eyes, the Most Promising Young Guy who will undoubted While a familiar man walks his familiar dog by a familiar sign at the beginning of this book, it isn t about any recurring characters, which actually happens to be quite refreshing I like Derek Strange all that, but Lorenzo Brown canthan hang on his own without any help fromfamiliar D.C guys There are all the usual suspects of the drug trade the murderous boss, the less murderous boss, the scary psycho teenager with the dead eyes, the Most Promising Young Guy who will undoubtedly be tragically gunned down My only qualm is with Rachel Lopez There s certainly a sense that she drinks to excess sleeps with strangers because of the concurrent deaths of her parents, but I wanted her character to have a littlemeat to it Now I m wishing for another whole book about Lorenzo Brown, but I m hoping I can make do without disappointment by reading Shoedog, which, c mon, has got to be about the man Shoedog If it isn t, I m going to be a sad little reader


  5. Aditya Aditya says:

    All Pelecanos plots are distant echoes of each other and Drama City is no different Lorenzo Brown fresh out of jail, had his youth swallowed up by the streets of DC and is mounting a bid to get back on the straight and narrow It is a test of his maturity and restraint as he crosses paths with a sadistic sociopath Sprinkle some drug dealers in the middle and add a close quarter gunfight with said sociopath at the end and you have the outline for a Pelecanos novel It has been done a hundred t All Pelecanos plots are distant echoes of each other and Drama City is no different Lorenzo Brown fresh out of jail, had his youth swallowed up by the streets of DC and is mounting a bid to get back on the straight and narrow It is a test of his maturity and restraint as he crosses paths with a sadistic sociopath Sprinkle some drug dealers in the middle and add a close quarter gunfight with said sociopath at the end and you have the outline for a Pelecanos novel It has been done a hundred times before quite a few times by Pelecanos himself and he adds nothing new to the mix here It is never boring but it seems very content to stay within the boundaries of mediocrity.Pelecanos writing is too dry to evoke any sympathy for his characters He remains ultra realistic and gritty but his writing is devoid of any emotion or soul It basically feels like an excellent journalistic account, well written and interesting but you never really immerse yourself in the narrative Some of my favorite crime authors like James Lee Burke use repetitive plots while other favorites like James Ellroy use a sparse, disjointed style They are not red flags by themselves but in Pelecanos works, those two elements do not complement each other.If you read a disproportionately large number of crime novels like I do you can do far worse than an occasional Pelecanos taking an authentic look at the drug scene in Washington underbelly However if your reading habits areeclectic, there are far better crime authors to browse through A read that kept my attention but does not do enough to dissuade an underlying feeling that what I am reading is strictly second tier Rating 3 5


  6. Larry Bassett Larry Bassett says:

    The book Drama City is an aberration for George Pelecanos One of the two main characters is actually a woman Having a woman as a main player is almost unheard of for Pelecanos Now we just have to see if there is any character development of Parole Officer Rachel Lopez And what do you think Are we going to find out some about herthan her body type and what she drinks Eureka, yes we are But, like I say, an aberration But I m going to enjoy it while I can Hello, Rachel, good to know The book Drama City is an aberration for George Pelecanos One of the two main characters is actually a woman Having a woman as a main player is almost unheard of for Pelecanos Now we just have to see if there is any character development of Parole Officer Rachel Lopez And what do you think Are we going to find out some about herthan her body type and what she drinks Eureka, yes we are But, like I say, an aberration But I m going to enjoy it while I can Hello, Rachel, good to know you.The book starts in a familiar neighborhood so we are comfortable in our surroundings immediately However, there are some new Pelecanos characters in the hood People particular to this book Life can be rough in this part of DC but that is to be expected of Pelecanos He doesn t hang in nice, middle class neighborhoods But there are many flashy, expensive cars, nicer than the houses they are parked in front of most of the time The men work at low pay jobs, if they work at all, but they can still somehow afford those cars and expensive chains around their necks Drama City features two people in law enforcement, but the kind of law enforcement without a gun Rachel, as mentioned, is a parole officer And Lorenzo is a Humane Society officer who breaks up organized dog fights and watches out for mistreated animals Rachel deals with a lot of troubled people, Lorenzo with a lot of troubled animals We find mistakes, misunderstandings and murder courtesy of George Pelecanos Not justice as we might see it, but revenge But at the end we find some good moralizing and satisfying action And, as is often the case with Pelecanos, we see someone doing the wrong thing for the right reasons We understand that people are not all good or all bad but often some of each The Pelecanos world is a mixed bag Going up Georgia Avenue, she saw single mothers moving their children along the sidewalks, young girls showing off their bodies, church women, men who went to work each day, men who did nothing at all, studious kids who were going to make it, stoop kids on the edge, kids already in the life, a man smoking a cigarette in the doorway of his barbershop, and the private detective with the big shoulders talking to a white dude on the sidewalk in front of his place, had the sign with the magnifying glass out front It was a city of masks, the kind Nigel had said hung in theaters Smiling faces and sad, and all kinds of faces in between Drama City gets four stars from me just like most Pelecanos books And I have now read them all as I wait for the new one about to come out I hope there will bestrong women like Rachel in future Pelecanos books Strong women deserve a place in metro DC, Mr Pelecanos Maybe we ll find her in The Cut coming out at the end of August I hope so


  7. Mfred Mfred says:

    There is something about a Pelecanos book that is like sitting in a classroom, making dreamy eyes at your favorite professor as he lectures about your favorite topic while you wear your favorite clothes on your favorite day of the best year of your life.Not that Pelecanos is expository Or dry Or anything remotely like listening to a lecture, in the slightest.But reading him, I learn I learn so much about Washington, DC About people About crime and violence and struggling and living.Drama Ci There is something about a Pelecanos book that is like sitting in a classroom, making dreamy eyes at your favorite professor as he lectures about your favorite topic while you wear your favorite clothes on your favorite day of the best year of your life.Not that Pelecanos is expository Or dry Or anything remotely like listening to a lecture, in the slightest.But reading him, I learn I learn so much about Washington, DC About people About crime and violence and struggling and living.Drama City is nominally about Lorenzo Brown, ex offender, now working for the Humane Society, and Rachel Lopez, his parol officer Lorenzo and Rachel gets caught up in the spiraling violence between two local gangs one led by Lorenzo s longtime friend, the man he went to prison for, Nigel.But, not to spoil this book before you read it and you really, really should read it , the violence, the mayhem which the book blurb makes you think is the whole plot Doesn t happen almost until the last quarter of the book What you really get with Pelecanos is a story about a whole city, how it is now, how it was, how people end up where they are, and why It s a slow book, with a whole host of secondary characters and sub plots I never got confused though, never got lost Each new person or story was interesting, fascinating Sometimes I felt a little voyeuristic middle class suburban white girl peeking in on a predominantly black, inner city experience But that is my hang up, not something the book imposed on me I felt no judgement in the text, nor was there a sense of Pelecanos distancing the reader from the characters in order to teach some greater moral lesson.I honestly do not know if these books would resonate with me as much if I didn t live in DC It is something amazing to read a book set on my streets, in my neighborhood even, that doesn t have a damn thing to do with the President and Secret Service foiling terrorist hijackers by landing Air Force one on the tip of the Washington Monument And even though this is a crime book, the next time someone looks at me askance for living in the murder capital of the United States actually, it s DETROIT or makes a joke about crack smoking mayors, I m gonna hand them this book.Here, here is my city Here is the heat in summer, and the smells, and the noise, and yes the terrible violence, the corruption, the loss But here too are the people in my city, good and bad, and in all the choices they make, see the profundity of average life.Five of five stars


  8. David Keaton David Keaton says:

    A fast read Be warned though, this book does have some unflinchingly brutal dog fight passages, and that kind of thing can be a lotta no fun But luckily Pelecanos takes some satisfying shots at the culture, calling out posers who think of a scary dog as a status symbol, as well as the idiotic 90s dog fighting boom, where everyone who wasn t fighting a pit bull certainly wanted you to think they were In fact, even though this book was published in 2005, it feels very grounded in the 90s, fu A fast read Be warned though, this book does have some unflinchingly brutal dog fight passages, and that kind of thing can be a lotta no fun But luckily Pelecanos takes some satisfying shots at the culture, calling out posers who think of a scary dog as a status symbol, as well as the idiotic 90s dog fighting boom, where everyone who wasn t fighting a pit bull certainly wanted you to think they were In fact, even though this book was published in 2005, it feels very grounded in the 90s, full of that era s music, sometimes in flashbacks, sometimes not The main characters are memorable, too The two major players, slow burning ex con Lorenzo and Rachel day and night versions , are both introduced efficiently and effectively, and the author does wonders with Lorenzo early on by having the reader ride along on his thankless day job for the Humane Society, as he works to convince deadbeat dog owners to improve their beasts low standard of living The plight of the canines in the book mirrors the humans, of course You can t save every animal , and even though the main plot regarding a childhood friend s drug dealing empire circling the drain and the young, hot headed psycho all headed for a showdown is well worn territory, I still stuck around for the finale As far as the prose, it s suitably rough, slang ridden, and unpolished but never distracting, although there was that unintentionally hilarious metonymy where the author kept referring to a particular body part as a woman s sex But it is a confident book, so much so that you may get the feeling Pelecanos wrote it one handed Quickly devoured


  9. David H. David H. says:

    I ve been wanting to read something by George Pelecanos for a while because I ve been living in the DC area for 10 years and I know all of his books have that as a setting One thing I found quite refreshing while reading this was just having a book in DC that wasn t a political or spy book.In fact, most of this book felt either slow or slice of life as we follow Lorenzo, Rachel, and some drug dealers around the city for a few days We get Narcotics Anonymous meetings, we get camaraderie, we get I ve been wanting to read something by George Pelecanos for a while because I ve been living in the DC area for 10 years and I know all of his books have that as a setting One thing I found quite refreshing while reading this was just having a book in DC that wasn t a political or spy book.In fact, most of this book felt either slow or slice of life as we follow Lorenzo, Rachel, and some drug dealers around the city for a few days We get Narcotics Anonymous meetings, we get camaraderie, we get hopes and dreams, we get highs and lows and just personal connections It felt very different from what I was expecting, since the event mentioned in the blurb doesn t happen till closer to the end.I m looking forward to readingfrom Pelecanos, and seeing a different side to this city it s really damn fun to see places I know about mentioned in books


  10. Robin Robin says:

    I quite enjoyed this story of a criminal trying to stay straight and getting caught up with characters from his past the characters are well drawn and the novel is very atmospheric However I felt the climax was an anti climax Without giving anything away I was expectingof a showdown, which didn t happen, and the book ended on apositive note than I expected.