Read a Dogcatcher Story ?

Well, so he’s not just a dogcatcher.  He’s a Humane Officer officer who loves animals and works hard to enforce laws protecting them in the deteriorating neighborhoods of Washington, D.C.  In Pelecanos’ many stories set among the D.C. poor: the good, bad, black, white, loving, selfish, the fascinating element is the author’s insight to encounters among people and people and dogs,   rjn

Drama City by         George Pelecanos

Drama City
Lorenzo Brown just wants to stay straight. After eight years in prison on a drug charge, he’s come “uptown”-back to the Washington, DC neighborhood where he grew up, where his old cohorts still work their corners and their angles, trying to get ahead and stay alive. But Lorenzo’s had enough of the life: Now he has a job as a Humane Society officer, policing animal abusers and protecting the abused. In the dangerous streets he used to menace, Lorenzo plays a part in maintain- ing order-and it’s a role reversal some of his former friends don’t appreciate. Rachel Lopez, Lorenzo’s parole officer, tries to help him, even as she battles her own demons and excesses. Trying to stay one step ahead of her troubled past is a daily struggle. It looks like they both might make it, until a malevolent young killer, working for the powerful local drug boss, changes everything with one violent act. Now Lorenzo finds himself caught between the light and dark sides of the street, struggling to stay legit-or throw everything away to exact revenge.  source

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