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Picking up where Hell to Pay left off, we find Strange working in Soul Circus on behalf of Granville Oliver, a manipulative black mobster charged with murder and racketeering, who faces the death penalty. To help his client knock that sentence down to life imprisonment, Strange will have to find a nail salon worker named Devra Stokes, who used to be the girlfriend of Phillip Wood, a former associate of Oliver's and now the prosecution's chief witness against him. Stokes had sworn out an abuse complaint against Wood, and might testify that he was behind at least one of the killings Oliver is said to have planned. But, fearing for her own safety and that of her young son, she wants no part of Oliver's defense. Meanwhile, Quinn--against his better judgment--helps a homely, unpredictable gangsta-wannabe, Mario "Twigs" Durham, locate his girlfriend, who supposedly went missing, but in fact skipped out with his drug stash. Even as the threads of this yarn come together amid a deadly gang conflict, Pelecanos stays focused on his characters--not only his intriguingly troubled sleuths, but also a deftly nuanced cop-turned-gun dealer, Ulysses Foreman. Buttressed by Pelecanos's street-slangy prose, Soul Circus delivers an un-blindered perspective on urban life (and death) that manages to be both frightening and hopeful. Not so unlike the city in which it's set. --J. Kingston Pierce
Soul Circus was a disappointment after the first two Derek Strange novels (Hell To Pay and Right as Rain). Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by "wshntnls"
Firstly, I have read just about all books by George Pelecanos through 'Soul Circus' ... and so I can be described as one of his fans. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by lazza
I know I'm in the minority here, but I found this book to be mostly boring, with not much to distinguish it from the one that came before it. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Glen McKee
i new reader to this guys books. i just say that of what i have read i look forward to reading this guy next books.Published on Feb. 29 2004 by matt
Yet another excellent Pelecanos novel. The third appearance of Derek Strange and Terry Quinn. Sharp characterization, gritty urban setting, excellent description of despair and... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by Sunanda Dutta
I have read all of Mr. Pelecanos books that are still in print and had become fond of Strange and Quinn. However, I almost didn't finish this book. Read morePublished on July 9 2003 by Janet Hedberg
This book came highly recommended. ...
On an even more fundamental level, though, the story just isn't compelling. Read more
I loved the first two Strange/Quinn tales and had high hopes. Sorry to say this story never engaged me and I can't really recommend it. Read morePublished on May 22 2003 by J. G. Cohen