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The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener, August 2006
by George Pelecanos

Little, Brown
Featuring: T. C. Cook; Dan "Doc" Holliday; Gus Ramone
384 pages
ISBN: 0316156507
EAN: 9780316156509
Hardcover
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"Intense and gritty drama with numerous subplots and characters."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Night Gardener
George Pelecanos

Reviewed by Morgan Chilson
Posted June 26, 2006

Thriller Police Procedural

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.

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SUMMARY

The haunting story of three cops — one good, one bad, one broken — and the murder that reunites them in a showdown decades in the making.


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