Right as Rain

Right as Rain

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Ex-cop Derek Strange is hired by the mother of a slain police officer to investigate the killing and quickly stumbles across the guilty feelings of another cop involved in the incident. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Derek Strange is an ex-cop who's making a good living with his own business, a detective agency called Strange Investigations. A new case hits him close to home: A police officer has been slain by another policeman in a confusing late-night clash, and the dead officer's mother asks Strange to help her make sense of his killing. That mother's request sends Strange into the darkest chasms of the D.C. underworld, where police officers and criminals operate by their own secret laws, and where human life is sometimes of less consequence than cash, drugs, and other forms of currency.
Strange is joined in his quest by Terry Quinn, the officer who was exonerated in the police inquiry into the shooting but who is still haunted by that terrifying night. Together Strange and Quinn confront the ravages of an unquenchable drug trade, the realities of race in the capital police force, and some of the most implacable, dead-eyed killers ever to haunt the pages of a novel.

Baker
& Taylor

Ex-cop Derek Strange is hired by the mother of a slain police officer to investigate the killing and quickly stumbles across the guilty feelings of another cop involved in the incident.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, and Co., c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316695268
0316695262
Characteristics: 332 p. ; 25 cm

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doctorpatt
Jan 12, 2014

a delight--terse, well-written with a subtext of local history and race relations in the Balto-DC area that is quite accurate. The characters are so real, they seem like well-worn shoes, both comfortable and useful. I'd read it again in a heartbeat. Pelecanos is an American master, aside from his work on Treme and The Wire...

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uncommonreader
Sep 09, 2012

This mystery from a writer for "The Wire" reads more like a screenplay than a novel. The street scene seems authentic and the author's opinions are OK, but the descriptions are too padded for a novel and the plot is somewhat predictable.

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