The Sweet Forever - DC Quartet, Bk 3 Author:George P. Pelecanos It's March madness. And the college boys are playing basketball on TV. But on the streets of D.C., the homeboys are dealing, dissing, dying. From behind plate glass, with an 80s backbeat pounding in his brain, Marcus Clay watches it all happen, and prays that he can make a go with his downtown record store. Then a car comes careening down U ... more »Street. And what Marcus sees next will plunge him into the middle of a war.
A drug runner is decapitated in the crash. A bystander--a white boy desperate to buy a woman's love--snatches a bag of cash from the wreck. And a prince of crime wants it back. . . . For Marcus's buddy, Dimitri Karras, the mayhem is a chance to make a score. For a pair of dirty cops it's a chance to get free. And for dozens of lives swept up into the maelstrom, it's just another springtime in America's capital, where the game is played for keeps . . .« less
Marcus & Dimitri make a fine pair of recurring characters for Pelecanos, along with several more. When I read this book, I kept thinking Pelecanos MUST have been a drug lord or a dealer or even homeless. It all seems perfectly real - gang executions, cocaine-fueled violence, stealing a sack of money - Pelecanos makes the action crackle and the dialogue is smooth and sometimes sassy.
Be sure to read King Suckerman before this one, and The Big Blowdown by Pelecanos is actually considered the first book in this four-book series. The Sweet Forever stands out as the best of the group.