Quick Book Review: The Turnaround by George Pelecanos
July 3, 2012 6 Comments
Looking back on this, it was a better book than I thought when I was reading it. I expected to be reading a thriller, and that wasn’t quite true. There was an element of mystery but really it was a story about how a mistake made as teenagers affected 6 people for the rest of their lives. And in that sense, it was quite a good read, although there were some quiet moments, so quiet that I was getting bored.
In 1972 three white teenagers drive through a black area of Washington DC and shout some verbal abuse at three black teenagers while also throwing some food at them. When they find that they have driven into a dead-end street, they turn around and find the black teenagers blocking the road. Having had too much abuse recently, one of the blacks reaches for his gun and kills one of the white guys.
Many years later, we meet the black men again: one wants to meet with the white men for reasons of closure, but one of the other two is looking for money and wants to blackmail them. While one of the white men and one of the black are getting friendly with each other, the other black man threatens the white one.
The book discusses themes such as family and father and son relationships, revenge and racial issues.
I read this book for the Around the USA in 90 Days challenge and would not have picked it up otherwise. But as it turned out Pelecanos is quite well known, and for that reason, it was nice to have tried one of his books. I probably will read more of Pelecanos if I come across a book of his that appeals.
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Number of pages: 310 (Dutch translation: Geen weg terug)
First published: 2008
I got this book: from the library
Genre: contemporary fiction, mystery
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