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What it was : a novel by George P. Pelecanos
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Title:What it was : a novel
Authors:George P. Pelecanos
Info:New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Co., c2012.
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What It Was by George Pelecanos

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“What It Was" can best be described as Pelecanos doing what he does best - evoking a time and a scene replete with accompanying soundtrack which is evinced in forensic-like detail as are the clothes and cars.

For my complete review please visit The Mystery Bookshelf blog: http://wp.me/p6kwu-YS
  johnbsheridan | Apr 27, 2013 |
Story and writing were good...just a bit too 'gritty' for my taste. ( )
  booksgaloreca | Apr 3, 2013 |
Let's be clear here, this is a throwaway book. It is just an exercise in writing. A story that really means nothing. Ah...but what a glorious throwaway it is. It is a true testament to the power of Pelecanos as a writer. Set in DC in the early 70's it tells the story of a minor criminal and the one month he decided to go for the glory, Pelecanos paint a vivid picture of that era and transports you back to the era of bells and 8 tracks. What a wonderful read. ( )
  norinrad10 | Mar 9, 2012 |
“What It Was" can best be described as Pelecanos doing what he does best - evoking a time and a scene replete with accompanying soundtrack which is evinced in forensic-like detail as are the clothes and cars.

For my complete review please visit The Mystery Bookshelf blog: http://wp.me/p6kwu-YS ( )
  johnbsheridan | Feb 7, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316209546, Paperback)

Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as a private investigator. His former partner, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn's turf, where a local drug addict's been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well. Red Fury doesn't have a retirement plan, as Vaughn points out - he doesn't care who he has to cross, or kill, to get what he wants. As the violence escalates and the stakes get higher, Strange and Vaughn know the only way to catch their man is to do it their own way.

Rich with details of place and time - the cars, the music, the clothes - and fueled by non-stop action, this is Pelecanos writing in the hard-boiled noir style that won him his earliest fans and placed him firmly in the ranks of the top crime writers in America.

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"Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as a private investigator. His former partner, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn's turf, where a local drug addict's been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well. Red Fury doesn't have a retirement plan, as Vaughn points out - he doesn't care who he has to cross, or kill, to get what he wants. As the violence escalates and the stakes get higher, Strange and Vaughn know the only way to catch their man is to do it their own way. Rich with details of place and time - the cars, the music, the clothes - and fueled by non-stop action, this is Pelecanos writing in the hard-boiled noir style that won him his earliest fans and placed him firmly in the ranks of the top crime writers in America"--… (more)

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