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From writer and producer of HBO's The Wire and The Deuce comes one of the most critically acclaimed crime novels of the year.
Anna Byrne is a jailhouse librarian. In a place where hope is hard to find, the power of books can be a light in the dark. For some of the prisoners, her work is life-changing.
Like Michael Hudson, her best student, who's been locked up awaiting trial before his sudden release. He's relieved to be free - to 'come uptown', as they say - but can't shake the question: why is the witness who put him behind bars suddenly refusing to testify? There's a man who might have the answer, but he wants something first.
Phil Ornazian is a private investigator who moonlights as a petty criminal. He's not exactly proud of it, but times are hard in Washington, DC. People have to change to survive or die trying.
But everything comes at a price, and at some point everyone has to pay....
"He is, quite simply, among America's finest crime writers. This latest story does not disappoint...lyrical, beautifully observed and constantly surprising, it is a delight." (Daily Mail)
"In his first novel for five years, Pelecanos demonstrates why he deserves to be regarded as one of the best American crime novelists... It's a moving tale, beautifully told." (The Times)
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- Christian Saling
What a shame!
I find the story in itself not great but okay. However large bits of the narrative (some dialogue excluded) seem to be read like
by a computer generated voice giving each and every subject in a sentence the same kind of emphasis. In addition those bits and pieces are read at such a slow speed, that I had to adjust the speed control to 1.4 otherwise I would have fallen asleep. To cut a long story short I will never ever return to an audiobook made by that producer.