Hell to Pay

Hell to Pay

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George Pelecanos returns with his second novel starring Derek Strange and Terry Quinn - grizzled PI and erratic ex-cop. 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 as Pelecanos draws the reader in, we start to see the real crime come into focus. Lorenze Wilder has made an enemy of one of the hardest street criminals around - Garfield Potter, street-name, 'Death' - and he will be made to pay. But when the reckoning comes, Lorenze is not the only victim and the jaded partners must become unlikely avenging angels for a soul they thought they had saved...show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 164 x 234 x 40mm | 680.39g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • ORION
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 075284721X
  • 9780752847214

About George P. Pelecanos

George P. Pelecanos lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and children. He also manages Circle Films, an independent production company responsible for such films as the Coen Brothers' RAISING ARIZONA, MILLER'S CROSSING and BARTON FINK.show more

Review quote

Hardened, cynical investigator Derek Strange and erratic ex-cop Terry Quinn return in this second novel set in deepest downtown Washington, DC, which begins with Strange and Quinn having to deal with two of the usual by-products of the murder capital of the world - corrupt police and a missing teenaged girl turned prostitute. However, as the story progresses, the real issue - the real crime - becomes clearer. Lorenze Wilder is an enemy of the most dangerous street criminal around - Garfield Potter, also known as 'Death'. But in the final reckoning, when Wilder's not the only victim, Strange and Quinn, although seemingly unlikely partners, must avenge the soul they thought they'd saved. This is cool lit-fiction at its best, appealing to crime and literary fans of both genders. Continuing the style of the excellent Right as Rain, Hell to Pay can only enhance Pelecanos' reputation as one of the hippest thriller writers around.show more

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2,116 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 22% (467)
4 49% (1,029)
3 25% (527)
2 3% (71)
1 1% (22)
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