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The Night Gardener by George P. Pelecanos
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Jul 11, 2009

really liked it

Starts out in 1985 with 3 police officers working the 'Palindrome Killer' case.
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 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 lot on the officer's son and the relationship he had with him. It gave a good look into the lives kids growing up in a diverse area and what their lives are like.
I would highly recommend this book (however, it is quite crass at times, as the language of the police officers isn't very 'clean')and I will definitely be reading more of Pelecanos's books.
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