The Night Gardener
The murder unearths intense memories of a case Ramone worked as a patrol cop twenty years earlier, when he and his partner, Dan "Doc"...more
It's the other layers--character, fatherhood, love (and lack thereof), relationships among co-worker cops, the city itself--with which Pelecanos works his greatest magic. The young men in this novel,...more
But then it all clicked together.
I was gripped as Ramone, Holiday and Cook slid into the dark underbelly of DC,...more
3.5*** (4**** for the book / 3*** for the audio)
Detective Gus Ramone thinks he recognizes a signature in the body of a local teen found shot in a community garden in a middle-class area of Washington DC. Twenty years ago, when he was just a rookie, Ramone and his partner Dan “Doc” Holiday” assisted veteran detective T.C. Cook in the investigation of several murders. The serial killer, dubbed “The Night Gardener” because the bodies were left in gardens, was never...more
The first I knew about this book was when I
bought the limited edition CD of George reading
from the book with Steve Wynn backing him with
some good and moody guitar playing. The cd also
has Cindy, It was always you the song they wrote
together on it!
So I had to have the book too, which is another
of George's fast paced Noirish crime thrillers,
this time we are on the trail of the Palindrome
killer and all sorts of other assorted Washington
lowlifes, the tr...more
One: The serial killings drew me in and I was expecting this to be the front and centre of the story, but this did not really end up being the case
Two: The cast of characters was bewildering at first and it took me a good quarter of the book to untangle all the names (and I am used to reading quite meaty tom...more
I checked out this book because I had heard that Mr. Pelecanos writes very good police st...more
I would like to highlight one of the many interesting characters, his name is Asa, spelled either way it is the same, the author takes his time to describe what it is like to be a person totally aware of being...more
You can see the style of writing that was similar to The Wire, particularl...more
Ostensibly, this mystery novel from famed D.C. novelist (and "The Wire" scribe) George Pelecanos is about an apparent serial killer, who targets teenagers with palindrome names and dumps their bodies in community gardens. (Hence the title, a police nickname).
But while the murders (which take place over a period of decades) keep the characters moving, it's really about much more -- urban crime, racial tensions, machismo and testosterone, and how...more
The relationships are complex, the characters flawed, the questions unanswered. The novel brings reality back to cop dramas. I loved reading about cops t...more
Author: George Pelecanos
Release Date: August 2006
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Crime Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Publisher: Gus Ramone is "good police," a former Internal Affairs investigator now working homicide for the city's Violent Crime branch. His new case involves the death of a local teenager named Asa, whose body has been found in a local community garden.
The murder unearths intense memories of a case Ramone worked a...more
Reading the police procedural stuff I could feel the critical part of my mind snapping off. I'm surprised that I didn't leave the subway coming home last night with paper cuts from turning the pages so fast. I can...more
The Night Gardener is a police procedural set in Washington, DC. There are murders (both old & new) & co...more
Gus Ramone is a Washington DC homicide detective and former Internal Affairs investigator, 20 years on the job, married to a woman he still loves (and who still loves him), trying to do right by his two children. Not an alcoholic, divorced, or emotionally shut-down -- despite the horrible things he has seen over the years, he has managed not to become bitter and jaded, and h...more
So it is no surprise that a book by George Pelecanos, a contributing writer for that show, would also showcase many of the things that make the show so compelling...more
In this 13th novel, George Pelecanos returns to the gritty streets of Washington, D.C.__a far cry from Georgetown and Capitol Hill__at the top of his game. Critics agree that Night Gardener transcends the crime-novel genre. While it contains whodunit elements, it's much more about crime, criminal motivation, and the souls of everyone involved. Authentic descriptions of Washington's urban landscape, the compelling characters, and the story line's immediacy make Night Gardener one of the author's...more
What I liked about this audio book is that Pelacanos portrays Washington, D.C. in a positive light despite the criminal elements. It is easy to negatively stereotype the District and its residents in a novel as other authors have done. Pelicanos takes an evenhanded approach to heroes, villains, and bystanders alike. He features Southeast D.C. as a place where real people live, not...more
Cut to 2005 - case still open and another kid gets killed - Asa, who happens to be one of the detective's son's friends. This case ends up getting the 3 officers back together...one of which is retired, one had begrudgingly left the force, and the other still works, but it is not his life. We do get to see what his life is like in W. DC...wife, 2 kids, everyday troubles, etc.
I really liked that the book focused a lo...more