Investigating the murder of a vicious drug runner in a quiet D.C. neighborhood, officers Frank Kearney and Josť Phelps respond to growing concerns that the district is becoming increasingly violent, a situation for which they reluctantly pressure unwilling witnesses to disclose information about the victim and his criminal acts. 17,500 first printing.
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D.C. homicide detectives Frank Kearney and José Phelps are back in Andrews's third entry in this sturdy series (A Murder of Honor; etc.) showcasing Washington's curious hybrid world of gritty street crime and political misdoings. One drug dealer has been killed and another wounded in a shooting that everyone agrees could only have gone better if both low-lifes had been wiped out. But it's still murder, and Kearney and Phelps are obliged to find out who shot up the duo. When the investigation leads the cops to the two-year-old killing of Kevin Gentry, a government official with links to the CIA, things begin to get complicated. What began as a turf battle between drug dealers evolves into a mystery that threatens to bring down high-level politicians and law enforcement bigwigs alike. Andrews brings the streets of upper-class Georgetown and ghetto Washington to life, tossing in plenty of city lore, and Kearney and Phelps are smart, dedicated and amusing, an unbeatable cop-novel combination. Their dogged investigation leads to a promotion for both that can only bode well for the continuation of this excellent series.
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Skeeter Hodges is no loss to Washington's mean streets. He's an amoral drug dealer whose past is littered with dead rivals and intimidated witnesses. But when someone removed the top of his head in a barrage of gunfire, he became a murder victim. Frank Kearney and Jose Phelps, D.C. homicide detectives, catch the case, but there's a wrinkle: police brass want the detectives to link as many open homicides to Skeeter as possible so they can report a more flattering "resolved homicide" statistic. It's an unappealing option for the two veteran detectives who try to do their jobs by the book. Finding Skeeter's killer is no picnic, either, with a plethora of roadblocks, official and otherwise, standing in the way. Andrews works the same dark, dangerous milieu as George Pelecanos: a Washington teetering on the edge of breakdown in which good men have all they can do to maintain the veneer of civilization. A mature, thought-provoking morality play disguised as a cop novel. Wes Lukowsky
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