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BOOK REVIEW: SOUL CIRCUS
BY GEORGE PELECANOS

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Soul Circus takes us into the rough and tough sections of Washington, DC to meet many of the people that are living, or should I say ‘existing’ a life that is not very nice at all. There are gangs that will kill another gang member just to get rid of them. Derek Strange is a black Private Eye who was formerly a cop. In this book he works closely with Terry Quinn, a white guy that pushes himself too much on those in gangland. They both have connections with the DC police that they exchange information with, both ways.

Granville Oliver is a drug kingpin that is on trial for his life. Strange and Quinn are working for Oliver and his attorney attempting to find witnesses that might help him be freed or, at the least, given a life sentence and not death with the needle. Many characters are introduced throughout the book that are very interesting. George Pelecanos tells it like it is without holding back descriptions of killers, victims, and gang activity. The reader dare not get too connected to a character because they might be blown away shortly!

Strange and Quinn find witnesses and then have to attempt to protect them so they can testify. This is not an easy job in DC. As fast as the police take guns off the street in DC, Foreman, a baaaad character, hires young girls to go to Maryland and Virginia to purchase more guns so he can sell them to the gangs. Forman has no preference as to which he sells to, just so he can make money. He does not care who gets killed. Guns are not permitted to be licensed and sold in DC, but there are plenty of areas nearby where weapons can be purchased.

Soul Circus will take you in and around DC to meet many characters you would not want to meet in person. You will read language you probably never heard. You will learn some tactics used by gangs, law enforcement, and private investigators you never knew existed. You will be glad you don’t live in the gangland areas of the District of Columbia. Sure some of the outskirts are okay but be careful while in the interior of DC. A good read.

REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CY HILTERMAN

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