Drama City takes the reader through the daily lives of both of two main characters (Lorenzo and his partner Mark), creating an interesting story that is believable and realistic. When something tragic happens that could cause Lorenzo to undo his oath that insists he stay on the good side of things, will he be able to resist the temptation? What is the right thing for him to do after all?
Lorenzo is a righteous character, if not a big plain sometimes. Mark is funny and a good supporting piece. The trials he goes through as a Humane Officer are intriguing (but depressing) in a realistic way. The patrol officer, Rachel Lopez, is one of the good ones, believing that some people really can transform their lives for the better. But while during the day she has her head on her shoulders, at night is a much different story.
George Pelecano's story is one of hope, inspiration and survival. His style is easy to digest, his point comes across clearly without sounding preachy and his characterization skills are strong.
On the negative side, the novel could have used some tightening in pace and tension, with more flavor added to Lorenzo's life (present and past.) Overall, though, it's an enjoyable read that is thought-provoking, emotionally gripping and well-written.
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