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George Pelecanos's Spero falls short

Better than almost any current writer, Pelecanos has shown what city dwellers have known for years: that it is urban neighborhoods, and not suburbs, where what we think of as the small-town values of community and knowing your neighbors have taken root.
War zero
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 26, 2011
Scott Brown

Sifting for substance in Scott Brown's Against All Odds

Brown's memoir, Against All Odds , tells the inspiring rags-to-riches tale of how one can rise from terrible circumstances to great power and influence, with just a little hard work, perseverance, supermodel good looks and world-class athletic ability.
The Naked Senator
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 19, 2011