Pelecanos is such a talented character writer. In the past few months Ive read three of his books and I always become so engrossed in the lives of the main characters that by the end of the book I feel like I know them inside and out. He perfectly captures the intensity of the detectives, the angst of Ramones teenage son and the harshness of the thugs.
The storyline was well developed and it had an ending I could never have predicted. After reading these three Pelecanos books I can say that I am definitely a new fan of this author and Im definitely going to be reading more by him. This is a recommended read for mystery lovers.
George Pelecanos has an authentic voice in his stories of the streets of Washington, D.C. He introduces you to believable characters in real neighborhoods and creates an absorbing story that makes the reader care. This is more than a cop novel - it is a beautifully crafted book.
I began reading The Night Gardener, a book club selection, without any prior knowledge of the author, George Pelacanos. I'm originally from Washington, DC (where the story takes place) so I initially believed that the descriptions of the people & places were what were so familiar to me. But after reading more & more I realized it was the way the story was being told was what was really familiar. After doing some research on the writer I discovered why the story seemed so familiar & was so riveting ... George Pelacanos is one of the writers behind The Wire! One of my all time favorite shows!
Anyone who knows The Wire knows riveting storytelling & will appreciate this book.
This gripping, multilayered, so-much-more-than-a-typical mystery, mystery is one of my all time favorites. With two & ½ weeks to go until the book club meeting to discuss The Night Gardener I decided to re-read it. Id only been away from the characters for two days but was already missing them. Since then Ive shared it with friends and am anxiously its return so I can read it again & again.
If you enjoy it 1/2 as much as I did you'll love it.
They never found the killer. All they knew, back in the winter of 1985, was that someone was taking teenagers, killing them and leaving their abused bodies in public parks. Three victims in all, with no link between them except a oddity of their names. They read the same back-to-front - Otto, Ava and lastly Eve.