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Hell to Pay by George Pelecanos

In Hell to Pay, Washington, D.C., is just one more thug in anendless list of thugs who brutalize the poor, the weak, and the young. Theprimary victim this time is a rising star on Derek Stranges Pee Wee footballteam. In this city where making T-shirts for bereaved families of young murdervictims is a full-time business, the boy is an accidental victim in a warbetween drug dealers and lowlifes.Private investigator Strange, in his second George Pelecanos outing (after2001s Right as Rain),has seen enough of this face of D.C. His relationship to his secretary/loverJanine sputters in the wake of increasing, irrational infidelities. His moralcompass swings wildly as he tracks the killers, Garfield Death Potter andfriends. Not knowing if he can be satisfied seeing these men in prison, Strangecontemplates other brands of justice.For fans of Pelecanos, all the usual trappings are here: the hyper-realdialogue, the bloody street fights, the immersion in classic R&B, and themost current music on the streets. Pelecanos does stumble in a fewplaces. His narrative becomes wooden at times, and his plot features a couple ofglaring coincidences (e.g., Strange just happens to jot down the licenseplate of a car that later turns out to be the one driven by the murderers). ButPelecanos is the real deal in noir. If Dennis Lehane owns Boston and Michael Connellyis master of L.A., Pelecanos is dark D.C.s intimate chronicler. --PatrickOKelley

Author: George Pelecanos

Language: English

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Pages: 416

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date: 2003-03-01

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ISBN: 0446611328

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