Re: RARA-AVIS: Soul Circus

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 25 Mar 2003

What he said. Plus an exciting ending that tempted me to do likewise.

Joy, usually law abiding

William Denton <>
> Has anyone read the new one from our old friend Mr. Pelecanos, SOUL CIRCUS
> (2003)? I noticed he was going on tour and called a store in Seattle
> where was doing a signing and had them ship up a copy. I had a bunch of
> stuff to do Saturday, but I couldn't put the book down. Now I'm short on
> sleep and behind on an essay, but it was worth it.
> Bad reviewers still sometimes say that a crime book is so good it
> "transcends the genre" and becomes actual literature. Pelecanos's stuff
> is some of the best writing in the US these days, and we all know it, and
> we don't need to make up any nonsense about leaving the genre. This book
> finishes up the Derek Strange/Terry Quinn story from RIGHT AS RAIN (2001)
> and HELL TO PAY (2002). (It also has an update on how Marcus Clay and
> Nick Stefanos are doing.) It's got the music, the westerns, the gunfights
> and shootouts, the gangsters, the losers, the cars, the women, the drugs,
> and the badass behaviour we expect. It's also got the deeper issues:
> race, politics, guns and society, honour, fate, raising children, love,
> redemption, how to be a decent person in a bad world. It's all wrapped up
> in the streets of Washington and Pelecanos's terse, natural style and
> large cast of characters.
> All that and he does it regularly every year.

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