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Publisher's Summary

In best-selling and Emmy-nominated writer George Pelecanos' "[T]aut and suspenseful" new novel, an ex-offender must choose between the man who got him out and the woman who showed him another path. (Booklist, starred review)

Michael Hudson spends the long days in prison devouring books given to him by the prison's librarian, a young woman named Anna who develops a soft spot for her best student. Anna keeps passing Michael books until one day he disappears, suddenly released after a private detective manipulated a witness in Michael's trial. 

Outside, Michael encounters a Washington, DC, that has changed a lot during his time locked up. Once-shady storefronts are now trendy beer gardens and flower shops. But what hasn't changed is the hard choice between the temptation of crime and doing what's right. Trying to balance his new job, his love of reading, and the debt he owes to the man who got him released, Michael struggles to figure out his place in this new world before he loses control.

Smart and fast-paced, The Man Who Came Uptown brings Washington, DC, to life in a high-stakes story of tough choices.

©2018 Spartan Productions, Inc. (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Here we see what makes Pelecanos' best writing so resonant: the sense of longing, of miscommunication, the way love does not enlarge us but rather makes us small." (David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times)

"Using his customary knowing dialogue and stripped-down, soulful prose, Pelecanos skillfully, sensitively works the urban frontier where the problems and stresses of everyday life cross the line into the sort of criminal behavior that could tempt anyone - anyone at all." (Kirkus)

"His writing is properly hard-boiled, his heroes are attractively flawed and his villains leave trails of blood from here to yonder. But even at his most gripping...he sets his aims high, bringing a sociologist's concerns to the street-level dramas that play out in his hometown of Washington, D.C." (Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Tribune)

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Horrible pronunciation, great book

The narrator has no idea how Washingtonians pronounce locations. Shippy's "Blah-densburg" for Bladensburg, "Silver Springs" for Silver Spring, BOW-WEE for Bowie, etc., are very distracting, especially for a book written by a writer who is known for paying such high attention to the details of the locale.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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George Pelacanos can do nothing wrong

I was a long time fan of this novelist . before I realized he also wrote for television as well. This book is up to date with the changes in the gentrification of DC alongside the familiar. This book introduces some refreshing and interesting new characters to Pelacanos' world. It also doesn't shy away from the showing the listeners the consequences of making bad decisions combination of the voices as written by the author and as performed by the narrator made this production an enjoyable experience to this auditory listener.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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How this narrator got the job I will never know

No feel for the great voice with which Pelecanos writes. How did George allow this?

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A Must Read

George’s writing is potent, nuanced and brilliantly descriptive. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationships, storyline and I could see the characters come to life before me. A must read.

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beautiful book<br />

thank you Mr pelicanos for this beautiful experience of reading your book. it was pure pleasure and I am grateful to you for your love of humanity

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This was a waste of time

This should have been a short story, not a novel. Pelecanos padded the plot with synopses of books and social justice commentary. Generally, i like his books, but this one was a not up to his standard.

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  • L. Alexander
  • 09-13-18

Horrible pronunciation, great book

The narrator has no idea how Washingtonians pronounce locations. Shippy's "Blah-densburg" for Bladensburg, "Silver Springs" for Silver Spring, BOW-WEE for Bowie, etc., are very distracting, especially for a book written by a writer who is known for paying such high attention to the details of the locale.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-08-18

George Pelacanos can do nothing wrong

I was a long time fan of this novelist . before I realized he also wrote for television as well. This book is up to date with the changes in the gentrification of DC alongside the familiar. This book introduces some refreshing and interesting new characters to Pelacanos' world. It also doesn't shy away from the showing the listeners the consequences of making bad decisions combination of the voices as written by the author and as performed by the narrator made this production an enjoyable experience to this auditory listener.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dr. Jeff M. Turley
  • 12-03-18

How this narrator got the job I will never know

No feel for the great voice with which Pelecanos writes. How did George allow this?

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  • Kyle J Budinscak
  • 11-03-18

A Must Read

George’s writing is potent, nuanced and brilliantly descriptive. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationships, storyline and I could see the characters come to life before me. A must read.

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  • Frank
  • 10-19-18

beautiful book<br />

thank you Mr pelicanos for this beautiful experience of reading your book. it was pure pleasure and I am grateful to you for your love of humanity

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-29-18

This was a waste of time

This should have been a short story, not a novel. Pelecanos padded the plot with synopses of books and social justice commentary. Generally, i like his books, but this one was a not up to his standard.

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  • L. Alexander
  • 09-13-18

Horrible pronunciation, great book

The narrator has no idea how Washingtonians pronounce locations. Shippy's "Blah-densburg" for Bladensburg, "Silver Springs" for Silver Spring, BOW-WEE for Bowie, etc., are very distracting, especially for a book written by a writer who is known for paying such high attention to the details of the locale.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-08-18

George Pelacanos can do nothing wrong

I was a long time fan of this novelist . before I realized he also wrote for television as well. This book is up to date with the changes in the gentrification of DC alongside the familiar. This book introduces some refreshing and interesting new characters to Pelacanos' world. It also doesn't shy away from the showing the listeners the consequences of making bad decisions combination of the voices as written by the author and as performed by the narrator made this production an enjoyable experience to this auditory listener.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Dr. Jeff M. Turley
  • 12-03-18

How this narrator got the job I will never know

No feel for the great voice with which Pelecanos writes. How did George allow this?

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
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  • Kyle J Budinscak
  • 11-03-18

A Must Read

George’s writing is potent, nuanced and brilliantly descriptive. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationships, storyline and I could see the characters come to life before me. A must read.

  • Overall
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  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
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  • Frank
  • 10-19-18

beautiful book<br />

thank you Mr pelicanos for this beautiful experience of reading your book. it was pure pleasure and I am grateful to you for your love of humanity

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-29-18

This was a waste of time

This should have been a short story, not a novel. Pelecanos padded the plot with synopses of books and social justice commentary. Generally, i like his books, but this one was a not up to his standard.