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The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos
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Dec 22, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: cool-crime, gritty-fiction
Read in September, 2007

This writer is worthy of all his praise, and I will more than likely always be on the lookout for new material. It's excellent contemporary crime writing that doesn't shy away from the dirty, racist underbelly of urban America. Most of Pelecanos's stories take place in either Washington D.C. or Baltimore, (for those of you who need a special emphasis on geography). Generally a Pelecanos story will hit you pretty hard, perhaps even shock you with its language and violence, but what's more important is that his books offer an eye-opening glimpse into the unseen aspects of American life while also adding an extra dose of adrenaline for those who love a good thriller. "The Night Gardener" is typically the novel for which Pelecanos is most celebrated, and generally the one I am most keen to recommend.

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Amelia This is not typically my kind of book, but I ended up enjoying the details. I'm a huge fan of 'The Wire' and the style was similar.

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