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(04/11/2008) The Sweet Forever by George P. Pelecanos. Boston. 1998. Little Brown. keywords: Mystery America Washington DC. 300 pages. Jacket design by Tom Brown.Front jacket photograph by Marina Dodis. 0316691097. August 1998.

The second in this series of hard-boiled novels set in 1980s Washington D.C.

FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   Before you can thrive you have to survive. When cocaine hit Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s, the city became nearly unlivable. Gun-carrying kids turned entire neighborhoods into war zones. Zombies walked the sidewalks on weeklong binges. Many police officers and public officials, flush with drug money, looked away. Set amid this chaos and danger, THE SWEET FOREVER captures an unforgettable fight for survival as two men confront the most soul-chilling violence ever to visit the city. Marcus Clay is proud of his small chain of record stores, and proudest of his new store, right in the old neighborhood-now the epicenter of the drug trade. But a black man can't get a break, even on his home turf, when the whole town is going crazy. Even his best friend, Dimitri Karras, who manages the store, is coming to work with his jaw wired tight from his newly acquired cocaine habit. A bad situation turns lethal when a car crashes in front of the store and Marcus sees someone grab a bag out of the backseat and run. The local drug lord wants what's in that bag-and will do whatever it takes to prove that he is the law in this neighborhood. Nobody, certainly not a small-time businessman, is going to stand in his way. In searing confrontations, Marcus and Dimitri must defy the darkness close to home - fighting for their lives, their livelihoods, for the very soul of the city. Opening up the shadowy territory where private sin connects with larger, deadlier evils, George Pelecanos weaves familiar details from the recent past into a thriller of compelling menace and power. With characters as real as your own flesh and a relentless, dazzlingly original story, THE SWEET FOREVER is a classic thriller from one of the most inspired writers at work today.

 

 

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