RARA-AVIS: Pelecanos - The Night Gardener

From: Chris M ( cptpipes@hotmail.com)
Date: 10 Aug 2006

I recently finished George P's latest, The Night Gardener, and it is terrific.

I had just moved to DC when The Sweet Forever came out and after it blew me away, I chain-read everything from A Firing Offense on up through The Sweet Forever Again.

Though I had I read Ellroy, Connelly, Parker, Mosley, Block and a few others, it was the Pelecanos books that led to me seeking out all the writers I've come to love since then; going back and reading Chandler, Goodis, etc. and, eventually, finding this lovely forum of Mr. Denton's.

So I am a fan, and admittedly have blind spots to some of the criticisms of Pelecanos that Brian and others have laid out in the past, but I flat out loved The Night Gardener. Drama City didn't grab me all that much, so it may sound backhanded to call the new one a return to form, but it is as good as anything Pelecanos has written.

This isn't a quibble, but it warrants mentioning that some of the plot is set in motion when the character Dan Holliday, after sleeping off a bender in his car, wakes up to discover a dead body of a young man. Sounds familiar...


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