Cuando el cad?ver de un adolescente aparece en un parque p?blico de Washington, el detective Gus Ramone revive con intensidad una investigaci?n en la que particip? veinte a?os atr?s. El asesino, a quien los medios dieron en llamar el Jardinero Nocturno, sembr? de v?ctimas los parques de la ciudad y sali? impune. El nuevo crimen reunir? a los tres hombres que participaron en aquel caso y les dar? la oportunidad de cerrarlo. Tal vez ahora consigan atrapar al Jardinero Nocturno? ...
Cuando el cadáver de un adolescente aparece en un parque público de Washington, el detective Gus Ramone revive con intensidad una investigación en la que participó veinte años atrás. El asesino, a quien los medios dieron en llamar el Jardinero Nocturno, sembró de víctimas los parques de la ciudad y salió impune. El nuevo crimen reunirá a los tres hombres que participaron en aquel caso y les dará la oportunidad de cerrarlo. Tal vez ahora consigan atrapar al Jardinero Nocturno…
A devotee of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction, George P. Pelecanos has honed his street-smart style with a series of detective thrillers all set in the seamier corners of the D.C./Maryland/Virginia triangle.
Few writers have employed the mean streets of Washington, D.C. as effectively as George Pelecanos, the award-winning author of two acclaimed detective series and several standalone noirs of exceptional quality.
Pelecanos debuted in 1992, with A Firing Offense, a fast-paced crime novel that introduced Nick Stefanos, a Greek-American advertising executive for an electronics chain who is reluctantly drawn into investigative work when a stock boy at his company goes missing. By book's end, Nick has lost his job and applied for his P.I. license, paving the way for further (mis)adventures. Neverthless, the series has proved anything but predictable. Some books move forward in time to reveal Nick's sad descent into alcoholism; others flash back to investigate his family's pastwith Nick relegated to cameo appearances in stories that span several generations and feature a cast of interrelated characters. Beloved by readers and critics alike, the Stefanos books cast unsparing light on a city tragically mired in crime, poverty, and racism.
In his Derek Strange and Terry Quinn series, Pelecanos delves further into the racial and cultural divide between white and black. Beginning with 2001's Right as Rain, these novels feature a "salt and pepper" team of ex-cops turned detectives who forge an uneasy friendship as they investigate cases in the blighted heart of D.C. The very model of noir, the stories are steeped in the violence, brutality, and despair of urban life, but the dynamic between the tough but sensitive Strange and his younger, more volatile partner offers a hopeful and humanizing counterbalance.
A distinguishing characteristic of Pelecanos's writing is an inclusion of musical references to create atmosphere, anchor period settings, and develop his characters' personalities. (His 2004 novel Hard Revolution, a prequel to the Strange/Quinn books, was packaged in limited quantity with a CD of '70s soul music.) Pelecanos has also published mysteries and thrillers, short fiction, reviews and essays, and screenplays for film and televisionmost notably HBO's superb urban procedural The Wire.
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In our interview, Pelecanos shared some interesting anecdotes about past gigs:
"I began to work at my father's lunch counter in downtown D. C. when I was 11 years old, the summer after the riots of April 1968. It was the single most influential experience of my life. Everything I've written about since has seeds in that summer."
"Another good job I had was selling women's shoes, for obvious reasons. Writing for a living isn't bad, either. It beats digging ditches or washing dishes. I know, because I've done those things, too."