Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

George Pelecanos, Hell to Pay (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2002)


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The Gritty Streets of… Washington, DC? by  Kevin R. Kosar, November 16, 2007

The national news usually only shows America the piece of DC occupied by the White House and Congress.  Ah, but there is so much more, from the leafy, lovely Northwest to the god-awful slums.

George Pelecanos; interests lie with the latter.

This novel is a follow-up to Right as Rain (Little, Brown and Company, 2001), which introduced readers to an unlikely duo, Derek Strange, a black DC investigator, and Terry Quinn, a white ex-cop who works in a bookstore.

I enjoyed both of these books; they are solid crime noir . The action moves quickly and the characters are well crafted. They are whole people, not stock figures. (See Nora Roberts.)

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