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The Night Gardener

By George Pelecanos

The Night Gardener
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  • Hardcover: Aug 2006,
    384 pages.
    Paperback: Aug 2007,
    364 pages.

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A novel that is a perfect union of suspense, character, and unstoppable fate

Cops and robbers" plots are two-a-penny. What raises Pelecanos above so many others writing in this genre are his sub-plots and characterization. While the main plot has a beginning, a middle, and is more or less tied up at the end, a number of the sub-plots that are so exceptionally weaved into the main are left dangling, either we don't quite know where they start or we don't know how they will end - this isn't frustrating, it's just realistic. One such story-line is about Diego, Ramone's son, who struggles to gain respect in the predominantly white suburban school his parents have snuck him into (showing that Ramone, while definitely a "good cop" isn't above bending the law when it comes to doing the best he can for his children).

As for his characters - Pelecanos's Washington is not the glamorous side of politics and money but the other side of the city, which...

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