A teenage boy turns up dead in a Washington, D.C., garden,
a crime eerily reminiscent of a crime spree that occurred
years before. The boy is a friend of detective Gus Ramone,
so he takes a special interest in the case.
Dan "Doc" Holliday, a former cop forced to retire
(partially because of actions by Gus), was an almost
witness to this new murder, and he immediately sees
similarities between this death and the other garden
murders. He goes to the now retired detective, T. C. Cook,
who investigated those other deaths and asks for help.
Pelecanos' novels are commonly called "character driven."
That translates to intense, gritty emotions spilling from
the pages, twining around and drawing hapless readers into
the book. With numerous subplots and a variety of
characters, this book challenges you to think outside your
life to understand how others live, and die. Very well done.