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The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos
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Apr 24, 10

bookshelves: audiobook
Read from April 14 to 24, 2010

I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as I should have, based on how highly Pelecanos came recommended by other people who like what I like (the Wire; Richard Price; ultra-realistic crime fiction.) The characters felt one-dimensional, and Pelecanos has an unfortunate tendency to tell us what his characters represent before showing us: "Brock liked the old stories about outlaws like Red. Men who just didn't give a good fuck about the law or if and when they'd go down. Having other men talk about you in bars and on street corners, after you were dead and gone, that's what made a life worth living. Otherwise, wasn't anything about you that was special. 'Cause everybody, straight and criminal alike, ended up covered in dirt." I suppose that would be an interesting character, if I didn't feel robbed of the pleasure of discovering that about him. On the other hand, I also didn't much care for the audio narrator, and perhaps that colored my experience of the book.
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