Hell to Pay

Hell to Pay

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By (author) George P. Pelecanos

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  • Publisher: Orion mass market paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 174mm x 30mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0752848623
  • ISBN 13: 9780752848624
  • Sales rank: 215,979

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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.

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Author information

George P. Pelecanos was born in Washington, DC in 1957. His first novel was published in 1992 and alongside his consequential success as an author, he has also worked as producer, writer and story editor for the acclaimed and award-winning US crime series, The Wire. His writing for the show earned him an Emmy nomination. He is the author of fifteen crime novels set in and around Washington, DC. The Big Blowdown was the recipient of the International Crime Novel of the Year award in both Germany and Japan; King Suckerman was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger Award in the UK. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire and the collections Unusual Suspects and Best American Mystery Stories of 1997. He is an award-winning journalist and pop-culture essayist who has written for the Washington Post. Pelecanos can also claim credit for involvement in the production of several feature films. Most recently, as a screenwriter for film, he has written an adaptation of King Suckerman for Dimension Films, and was co-writer on the Paid in Full. Pelecanos lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and three children.

Editorial reviews

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)