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A fatal shooting that strikes too close to home leaves PI Derek Strange determined to find the killer - whatever the cost. From one of the award-winning writers of THE WIRE. Set in darkest, downtown Washington, Hell to Pay begins with Quinn and Strange dealing with the usual detritus of the world's most violent city - a bent cop and a missing teenage-girl-turned-hooker - but then a senseless death on a sunny afternoon shakes even Derek Strange's existence. A victim shot down by bullets meant for another; a tragic accident that strikes just too close to home. Strange's grief is all-consuming and he swears to track down and destroy the killers - ghetto style. But as he throws himself deeper and deeper into the hunt, he has to ask questions of himself and his world that he would rather not.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 112 x 174 x 30mm | 199.58g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion mass market paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752848623
  • 9780752848624
  • 294,996

Review Text

A drive-by shooting that ordinarily wouldn't even rate the front page of the Washington Post Metro section pits p.i. Derek Strange (Right as Rain, 2001) against a city full of men behaving badly. Lorenze Wilder owes gangbanger Garfield Potter less than $100, but Potter can't be seen to let this one slide or everybody in town will be on him. So he gathers up his closest associates, Carlton Little and Charles White (whose fighting dog Potter's already shot by way of warm-up), and goes out hunting Wilder. Inevitably, of course, he finds him-together with his sister's eight-year-old son Joe. The death of the boy along with that of his uncle pulls Strange into the case not only because he's been coaching Joe's football team-part of a frantic citywide effort to keep kids from drifting out onto the murderous streets-but because he soon has a paying client: celebrated druglord Granville Oliver, who has reasons of his own for wanting the killers found. The shooting of an innocent child and the reward the cops are offering insure that some snitch hungry for his next fix will soon give up Potter and Co., but Oliver doesn't want them to get arrested and do time under the District's no-death-penalty law; he wants to make sure the problem has been taken care of for keeps. His new client is just one more way Strange and his ex-cop friend Terry Quinn-whose attempts to help round up a runaway teenager now turning tricks leads him into the dark heart of one of the hundred hellish neighborhoods Pelecanos knows the way you know the road home-are torn between compassion and dreams of violent revenge. Despite all the scenes illustrating the hopelessness of growing up in the nation's capital, the author's ardent muckraking makes his tenth novel his most hopeful, even though it takes the edge off his trademark grasp of urban evil. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

About George P. Pelecanos

George Pelecanos was born in Washington, D.C. in 1957. He worked as a line cook, dishwasher, bartender, and woman's shoe salesman before publishing his first novel in 1992. Pelecanos is the author of twenty books set in and around Washington, D.C.: A Firing Offense, Nick's Trip, Shoedog, Down By the River Where the Dead Men Go, The Big Blowdown, King Suckerman, The Sweet Forever, Shame the Devil, Right as Rain, Hell to Pay, Soul Circus, Hard Revolution, Drama City, The Night Gardener, The Turnaround, The Way Home, The Cut, What It Was, The Double, and The Martini Shot. He has been the recipient of the Raymond Chandler award in Italy, the Falcon award in Japan, and the Grand Prix Du Roman Noir in France. Hell to Pay and Soul Circus were awarded the 2003 and 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The Turnaround won the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in the field of crime writing. His fiction has appeared in Playboy, Esquire, and the collections Unusual Suspects, Best American Mystery Stories of 1997, Measures of Poison, Best American Mystery Stories of 2002, Men From Boys, and Murder at the Foul Line. He served as editor on the collections D.C. Noir and D.C. Noir 2: The Classics, as well as The Best Mystery Stories of 2008. He is an award-winning essayist who has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, GQ, Sight and Sound, Uncut, Mojo, and numerous other publications. Esquire magazine called him "the poet laureate of the D.C. crime world." In Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King wrote that Pelecanos is "perhaps the greatest living American crime writer." Pelecanos would like to point out that Mr. King used the word "perhaps." Pelecanos was a producer, writer, and story editor for the acclaimed HBO dramatic series, The Wire, winner of the Peabody Award, the AFI Award, and the Edgar. He was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on that show. He was a writer and co-producer on the World War II miniseries The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg, and most recently worked as a writer and Executive Producer on the HBO series Treme. Pelecanos lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is at work on his next novel.show more