The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener

Book - 2006
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Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780786290659
078629065X
Characteristics: 547 p. ; 22 cm

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JCLGreggW May 28, 2013

One of my personal favorite books of all time and a masterful work of crime fiction. This novel by Pelecanos - to my mind - shot him to the top of the literature/crime genre alongside Dennis Lehane and Richard Price. This novel, set in Washington, DC, revolves around three policemen and the series of murders that brought them together twenty years ago - and a more recent murder that draws them all back together again. The original case involved a detective and two patrolmen; the detective has retired but has never quite left the case. The two patrolmen took different paths - one became an upstanding detective in his own right, and the other one is a disgraced officer, now a chauffeur with various addictions. Like all of Pelecanos' novels, the characters are so realistic that you can imagine them living right around the block, and the story about the murders - and the memories - that never can be properly laid to rest is an absolutely outstanding one. Give this one a shot - it will bounce around in your head for long after you set the book down.

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SportyReader
Feb 15, 2013

It started out interesting but quickly got boring and tedious. There just wasn't any tension or excitement.

This is so similar to The Wire series, which while brilliant, is very slow to get into. As Pelecanos was one of the writers of the show this book is a prime example of how he works.

If you have the patience stick with it. I'm sure it gets more interesting at some point. For me, it didn't come soon enough.

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gr8_reader
Feb 04, 2012

I actually didn't finish this so I can't say whether it was good or not. I just didn't have the stamina for a bleak book that didn't appear to be going anywhere good...

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Ross_Paterson
Dec 06, 2009

As good as Price at half the words.

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crowpluto
Oct 30, 2006

This is a fantastic crime novel and it's so much more. A lot of the pure "crime" stuff actually takes a backseat to the author's tour through Washington DC and the discussion of DC's social and political (mainly social) problems. The characters are deep and realistic and the plot, while not the crackerjack stuff of other crime/mystery writers, is highly engaging.

The moral is that things aren't always what they seem to be. A good read.

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