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Private investigator Strange, in his second George Pelecanos outing (after 2001's Right as Rain), has seen enough of this face of D.C. His relationship to his secretary/lover Janine sputters in the wake of increasing, irrational infidelities. His moral compass swings wildly as he tracks the killers, Garfield "Death" Potter and friends. Not knowing if he can be satisfied seeing these men in prison, Strange contemplates other brands of "justice."
For fans of Pelecanos, all the usual trappings are here: the hyper-real dialogue, the bloody street fights, the immersion in classic R&B, and the most current music on the streets. Pelecanos does stumble in a few places. His narrative becomes wooden at times, and his plot features a couple of glaring coincidences (e.g., Strange just happens to jot down the license plate of a car that later turns out to be the one driven by the murderers). But Pelecanos is the real deal in noir. If Dennis Lehane owns Boston and Michael Connelly is master of L.A., Pelecanos is dark D.C.'s intimate chronicler. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A really fast paced urban gritty tale of murder, and everyday life on the streets of D.C. "Hell to Pay" by George Pelecanos, features protagonist P.I. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jim mccarthy
“Hell to Pay” is the second novel in a series of four novels by George Pelacanos about Washington, D.C., detectives Derek Strange and Terry Quinn. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dave Wilde
Nobody writes about the gritty side of Washington, D.C., like George Pelecanos. A lifelong Washingtonian, he sees the city’s scandalous power imbalances clearly and, in this novel,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Victoria Weisfeld
I looked at some of the reviews for this book, which have a surprising range. Usually, the results are more closely grouped than they are for this one, so I decided to chime in. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John G
Strange and Quinn take on two cases, one of a runaway turned prostitute and the background check of a longtime friend of Strange's daughter's new suitor. Read morePublished 18 months ago by D. Schwent
Didn't put it down, love the characters - Flawed, but real people. Felt all the emotions in the story and experienced their struggles for right and wrong.Published 20 months ago by reads a lot
This was the worst Peleconas book I have read to date. The theme is the tired excuse that you are the product if your environment. Don't waste your money.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Everything George does is absolutely first-rate. Solid reality. The Wire; Treme, and each of his books resound with fidelity. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Crusader