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George Pelecanos, Drama City (Orion Press, 2005).
Lorenzo Brown is the main figure in this novel, out of prison after eight years in on drug charges, and trying to stay clean and out of trouble. As an officer for the Humane Society, Brown gets mistaken for law enforcement, and his efforts to protect the mistreated dogs and cats of the District of Columbia underscore the daily grind of many in the capital city. As one might expect, trouble finds Brown. This novel takes place south and east of Rock Creek, in poorer quarters that don’t make the national news. Pelecanos, who wrote for The Wire, knows this part of town and has an ear for the way people talk, though some of his characters sing flat. This was his thirteenth novel; several of his others are set in D.C. as well.
Wikipedia has this page on Pelecanos. Here is Google Book Search. Michael Gawenda writes about Pelecanos and the novel for The Age. Here are reviews and other pieces from Guy Johnson (Washington Post), Janet Maslin (The New York Times), Gary Dretzka (Chicago Sun-Times), Maxim Jakubowski (The Guardian), Joe Hartlaub (Bookreporter.com), Jana L. Perskie (Mostly Fiction), Ali Karim (scroll way down) (January Magazine), Daniel Fierman (Entertainment Weekly), Publishers Weekly, David Lazarus (San Francisco Chronicle), David Thayer (Collected Miscellany), Scott Butki (Blogcritics), Jeff Charis-Carlson (Rain Taxi), Byron Merritt (FWOMP), Zee (Zee Says), Bev Vincent (Onyx reviews), carol o (Rawbrick.net), Andrew Byers, Ted Lehmann, and Lorne (Wick’s Picks). Petworth News picks up an article about Pelecanos’ Washington. Watch or read Tavis Smiley’s interview. Read Peter S. Scholtes’ interview for City Pages. Listen to Kacey Kowars interview Pelecanos in this podcast. Or watch this Chatshow interview with him from 2005. Nick found himself in the book (literally). And largehearted boy found this piece by Pelecanos about the novel. Pelecanos apparently wrote this for The New Republic about dogfighting, whch makes an appearance in the novel. And here is Pelecanos on Richard Price’s Clockers.