What It Was by George P. Pelecanos audiobook

What It Was

By George P. Pelecanos
Read by J. D. Jackson

Hachette Book Group

The Derek Strange and Terry Quinn Series: Book 5

0.67 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $29.99

    ISBN: 9781611132540

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 help recovering a cheap ring that she claims has sentimental value, the case leads Strange onto Vaughn’s turf, where a local drug addict has 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 whom he has to cross, or kill, to get what he wants. As the violence escalates and the stakes get higher, Strange and Vaughn know that the only way to catch their man is to do it their own way.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

A 2012 USA Today Best Book

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 help recovering a cheap ring that she claims has sentimental value, the case leads Strange onto Vaughn’s turf, where a local drug addict has 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 whom he has to cross, or kill, to get what he wants. As the violence escalates and the stakes get higher, Strange and Vaughn know that the only way to catch their man is to do it their own way.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Pelecanos is crazy for details, so all these particulars—the colorful names, the flashy clothes, the sexy cars, and soulful music—add to the big picture he’s continually drawing of crucial moments in America’s changing history.” New York Times Book Review
“In recent decades, as American crime fiction has reached new heights, a few novels have been outstanding, including Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River, Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know, and Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series. The five Strange novels belong on that list. They’re about crime, but, finally, they’re a profound meditation on good and evil in this city, mostly in parts of it that many of us pass through often but never really see.” Washington Post
“Action-packed…a special treat…Inspired by a real chapter in DC history, Pelecanos gives us the rich period detail—the cars, clothes, music, and attitude—of the 1970s.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Pelecanos writes with the same streetwise authenticity he brought to the HBO show The Wire, with memorable characters cut from the same cloth. Narrator J. D. Jackson’s characterizations are so spot-on that listeners will practically see the hookers, pimps, junkies, killers, and a particularly talented cop named Frank ‘Hound Dog’ Vaughn. It’s strong stuff, pure adrenaline.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: George P. Pelecanos

Author Bio: George P. Pelecanos

George Pelecanos is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels set in and around Washington, DC. His works have earned him the Raymond Chandler Award in Italy, the Falcon Award in Japan, and the Grand Prix Du Roman Noir in France. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and a producer and Emmy-nominated writer of the HBO hit series The Wire. He writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 0.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English