Time Warner Audio Books
Date: March 1, 2004
Reviewed: Audio CD - 5 CDs
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Mystery / police / fiction / African American
Notes: Profanity, violence, racism and reverse racism
By George Pelecanos
by Lance Reddick
store owner gives a young thief a reprieve. Years later, police
officer Dereck Strange remembers how that reprieve shaped his life.
His brother, Dennis, isn't so lucky. As a young man, he suffered
from the weight of drug addition and hatred against white America.
Years later, Dereck is working on the side of the law, while his
brother joins up with a drug pusher. Dereck ends up investigating
a case involving his brother, and this time it's the ultimate test
Vaughn is an older cop investigating the hit and run of a young
black boy. Vaughn and Dereck's paths eventually cross, and the two
end up just a blink away from crossing a line that can't be erased.
During this intense time, riots take hold of Washington at the news
of Martin Luther King's assassination. The rioting backdrop is powerful.
Hard Revolution, vivid scenes of history intertwine with
Pelecanos' story of drugs and murder. The dialogue is emotionally
strong - sometimes disturbingly so - giving it the characteristics
of a hard-boiled mystery. However, the story as a whole reads like
historical literature. Introductions and explanations are drawn
out, the police cases are slow in evolving, and at times, the rioting
backdrop overwhelms the main characters' stories.
Lane Reddick narrates Hard Revolution solo. His voice effectively
carries the intensity of the storyline.
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