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What It Was by George Pelecanos
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Jun 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read from June 14 to 19, 2012

This book was one hell of a lot of fun. It was like a well written Shaft movie or something. Set in 1972 and chronicling the story of Red "Fury" Jones, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn, Derek "About The Only Guy With No Nickname" Strange and a cast of excellent and believable characters. Vaughn and Strange chase Red as he runs through a wild crime spree in Washington DC.

Pelecanos captures the slang, fashion and attitude of the early 70's urban culture about as well as anyone I've read in this fast paced and enjoyable novel. Well worth the time and bread, you dig?
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