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What It Was
by George P. Pelecanos


Overview - Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department to become 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department to become 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. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316209540
  • ISBN-10: 0316209546
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
  • Publish Date: January 2012
  • Page Count: 246
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-02-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

At the start of this action-driven novel, a special treat for longtime Pelecanos fans, two old friends, Derek Strange and Nick Stefanos, enjoy a few drinks in a Washington, D.C., bar, where Strange relates a story that has become the stuff of myth on the streets. Flashback to 1972, one of the most volatile and exciting years in the country's history. Strange, who left the D.C. police force after the ‘68 riots, has set up shop as a private investigator. A young woman hires Strange to find a stolen ring, and the case soon leads him to a homicide scene, where he meets up with his former partner, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn. Vaughn is on the trail of a killer, Robert Lee Jones, whose street name, Red Fury, fits not just his temperament but his formidable girlfriend's sleek red-over-white Plymouth Fury GT Sport. As Vaughn and Strange work their respective cases, a series of increasingly brazen and violent crimes keep bringing them together. They quickly realize that the only way to take down Red Fury is to do it their own way. Inspired by a real chapter in D.C. history, Pelecanos (The Cut) gives us the rich period detail—the cars, clothes, music, and attitude—of the 1970s. Agent: Sloan Harris, ICM. (Jan.)

 
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