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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,425 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Pelecanos Narrator: George Pelecanos Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN:
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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 as a patrol cop 20 years earlier, when he and his partner, Dan Doc Holiday, assisted a legendary detective named T.C. Cook. The series of murders, all involving local teenage victims, was never solved. In the years since, Holiday has left the force under a cloud of morals charges, and now finds work as a bodyguard and driver. Cook has retired, but he has never stopped agonizing about the Night Gardener killings.

The new case draws the three men together on a grim mission to finish the work that has haunted them for years. All the love, regret, and anger that once burned between them comes rushing back, and old ghosts walk once more as the men try to lay to rest the monster who has stalked their dreams.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mysteryfan | 2/17/2014

    " Gritty realism set in DC. He has a real gift for creating believable characters on the darker side of life. Great plot too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meagan Brantley | 2/15/2014

    " If I liked procedurally this would be a good book. That being said, it has a ton of characters that are hard to keep straight. Too much going on for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Seawel | 2/9/2014

    " This was like one long episode of Law and Order in a book. If you're in to police play-by-plays then this is for you. You can tell the author has either done his homework or has done police work himself and I enjoyed the police point of view as I'm more accustomed to the police's critic's voice/s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Anderson | 2/8/2014

    " Well-written, but not one of my favorite Pelecanos novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 2/4/2014

    " This was really an interesting story - And not your typical Murder Mystery. There was a significant amount of time spent on character development and showing the raw, gritty side of the DC Law Enforcement world. I think I read that George Pelecanos also wrote for HBO's The Wire. This is not surprising as the story read a bit like one of the TV episodes. Still, a very enjoyable and surprising book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 1/18/2014

    " Read for Mystery Book Club 1/2008 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 1/17/2014

    " I'd been wanting to read something by this author since I kept running across references to him in the Washington Post. I finally picked up this book and read it. I think it is skillfully put together, and is interesting because of all its Washington, DC references. But, it seemed rather slow-paced to me -- almost languid -- which was a surprise. I'm not sure I'll seek out more books by this author. But, it's probably a good read for someone heavily into detective stories and who's looking to have Washington, DC as the locale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 1/13/2014

    " Pelecanos has honed his writing to a perfectly sharp edge. I powered through this book in two days because I couldn't wait to get to the end. I saw him speak in Portland and he told the story of how he accidentally shot and killed a childhood friend with his father's gun. It is interesting to see how he has made gun safety a prevalent part of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/7/2014

    " George Pelecanos is great! This book was fascinating and fun (in a very dark way). I especially love that Pelecanos writes about real locations, so I was able to drive down the very same streets and see key scenes through the characters eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/14/2013

    " A quick fun read- especially if you are from DC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 12/8/2013

    " A better than average police procedural, but not quite a 4-star read in my pantheon...a 3.5 and doggone it I wish GR would let us use half-stars. Pretty good writing, sympathetic characters in the main, a good but not great plot. A good read, not a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chuck | 11/26/2013

    " Pelecanos disappoints me. He makes page-turners, but they never go as deep as I expect or hope they will. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 7/26/2013

    " I'd be tempted to give it 3.5 stars, if I could, because it was a refreshingly fast, dc-centric read. I haven't read a detective story ages and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boris | 2/1/2013

    " A very fine police procedural in parts of DC I never saw. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 trickgnosis | 11/19/2012

    " Really good stuff, a very compelling read. His writing on The Wire is in evidence here, and this will be enjoyable for fans of the show. Nothing too surprising here, just lots of well developed characters and context that make this a thoughtful page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 10/27/2012

    " If you are missing The Wire, this book is kind of like reading a Wire mini-series. I love Pelecanos's characters and dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 11/28/2011

    " Another well written crime novel with complex, vividly drawn characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 11/24/2011

    " George Pelicanos is one of the writers from The Wire- after the show ended I need my fix. The character development isn't the greatest but the plot moves fast. All of his novels are set in DC and he knows the city like the back of his hand. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 11/3/2011

    " Didn't enjoy. Read poorly and plots didn't come together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mitzi | 10/18/2011

    " This book was a slow read, with lots (and lots) of language and an ending that definitely had some twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zvi | 10/11/2011

    " A better than average thriller, dealing with issues of race, police procedure, criminal obsessions, and family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walter Panzar | 9/13/2011

    " fascinating characters, good mystery, unexpected outcome, very good societal background stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris "Stu" | 5/24/2011

    " A definite disappointment after the recent Richard Price books I've been reading. Disparate threads don't quite come together, and a coda that spells things out far too clearly, left me disappointed after the complexity and ambiguity of The Wire and Lush Life and other works related to this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 5/6/2011

    " There's no two ways about it, Pelecanos has the gift. He had me guessing until the very end. And the dialog? It crackled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 4/20/2011

    " Really liked. I need to read more of his books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roseli | 3/8/2011

    " The most boring, predictable and annoying book I have ever read.
    Dont bother reading it. Save yourself the hassle. The end is so boring and ridiculous it took me some time to come to terms with it. I thought I had missed something but no, I hadn't. It was what it was.

    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 2/10/2011

    " Good book, but very hard to read with all the euphonics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/2/2011

    " He is the master. I am never disappointed and always intrigued. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 12/10/2010

    " ITs a good candy book... chick lit. for dudes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 11/20/2010

    " Probably my favorite Pelecanos. I've always enjoyed his stuff, but never really thought it was that deep, although he was clearly reaching for something. This seems like a step up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 11/17/2010

    " The problem with listening to Pelecanos is waiting until next time I clean to find out what happens next is excruciating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 11/13/2010

    " I read this because I liked "The Wire" TV series so much. The book seemed not quite as compelling, but was worth reading. "

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About the Author
Author George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels set in and around Washington, DC. His works have earned him the Raymond Chandler Award in Italy, the Falcon Award in Japan, and the Grand Prix Du Roman Noir in France. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and a producer and Emmy-nominated writer of the HBO hit series The Wire. He currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives with his family in Silver Spring, Maryland.