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The Way Home: A Novel

2 Ratings: 2.5
Novel about redemption by George Pelecanos

Thomas Flynn's rocky relationship with his son Chris, who spent time in a juvenile prison a decade ago, is finally moving away from distrust and scorn. When a burglary breaks their uneasy deĢtente, will Chris be pulled back into treachery and violence? … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Fiction, Redemption
Author: George Pelecanos
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date Published: May 12, 2009
1 review about The Way Home: A Novel

Could Have Been Better

  • Apr 3, 2009
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+3

I want to thank the author for sending me an advance copy and am sorry that I cannot give the book a higher rating.  The story centers on Chris Flynn and his father, Thomas Flynn.  Chris had all the advantages growing up that most middle class kids have.  Somewhere in his teens Chris became a renegade, who got into trouble.  He no longer cared about school and he was doing minor thefts.  Some of this may have been related to his relationship with his father but that only becomes clear later on in the book.

One day Chris gets into an argument with another driver after a street accident and he does something stupid that gets him sent to a juvenile prison facility.  While there Chris gets in with a gang of other troubled youths that he forms a friendship with and stays friends after they get out.

Chris goes to work for his father and one day he and his partner find alot of money on a job.  Chris tells the friend to leave it alone because the money will cause nothing but trouble.  Sometime later the friend talks to someone else about the money and it causes a great deal of trouble that will take the story all the way to the climax.

I felt very let down by this book, partly because the author spends a lot of pages describing things that could have been said in a paragraph.  He also does very little to really explain the inner thoughts of Chris or his father so the reader never really cares about them.  Also, when Chris is in the prison, the reader keeps anticipating something big happening and actually very little does.

As the author is always on the bestseller list, I am sure most of his other books are superior so I would recommend starting with one of the books first.

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