Mystery George Pelecanos The Night Gardener

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The Night Gardener

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The haunting story of three copsone good, one bad, one brokenand the murder that reunites them in a showdown decades in the making. Gus Ramone is good police, a former Internal Affairs investigator now working homicide for the citys Violent Crime branch. His new case involves the death of a local teenager named Asa, whose body has been found in a 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. Cook has retired, but he has never stopped agonizing about the Night Gardener killings. The new case draws the three men together, re-igniting the love, regret, and anger that once burned between them, and old ghosts walk once more as they try to lay to rest the monster who has stalked their dreams.

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George Pelecanos is the author of several highly praised and bestselling novels, including The Cut, What It Was, The Way Home, The Turnaround, and The Night Gardener. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and the recipient of numerous international writing awards. He was a producer and Emmy-nominated writer for The Wire and currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives in Maryland.

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A body is found in a garden in Washington, and the teenaged victim's first name spells the same forwards as back. For certain members of the police force, both past and present, the circumstances recall an unsolved string of murders twenty years earlier. But while homicide is the putative plot of Pelecanos's work, his real interests are far more universal: the consequences of one's choices, good and bad. Richard Davidson's voice is all gravel, the better to achieve the gravitas and ruefulness that Pelecanos brings to bear in this somber novel in which three cops, two rookies with different characters and aspirations and a legendary detective--all summoned to one of the early killings--are unexpectedly reunited after the last. M.O. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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