The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener

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Book - 2006
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The haunting story of three cops--one good, one bad, one broken--and the murder that reunites them in a showdown decades in the making.

Blackwell North Amer
When the body of a local teenager is found in a community garden, homicide detective Gus Ramone relives intense memories of a case he worked twenty years earlier. When he was still a rookie, Ramone and his partner Dan "Doc" Holiday assisted legendary detective T.C. Cook as he investigated a series of killings involving young victims left overnight in neighborhood parks. The killer, dubbed, "the Night Gardener," was never caught. Since then, Holiday has left the force under a cloud of morals charges; he now works as a bodyguard and driver, taunted by his dreams of what he might have been. Cook retired, but he has never stopped agonizing about the unsolved case. Ramone is "good police," working as a homicide detective for the city's violent-crime division. He is also a devoted husband and father, and his teenage son, Diego, was a friend of the most recent victim, a boy named Asa.
Could the Night Gardener be on the prowl again? Asa's death draws the three men together on a mission to finish the work that has haunted them for years. For T.C. Cook, it means solving one of the few cases that eluded him in his distinguished career. For Doc Holiday, the Night Gardener case is one last chance to prove - to Cook, to Ramone, and to himself - what kind of police officer he once was. For Gus Ramone, catching the killer means not only doing his job but knowing that his son will not be the next victim. The regret, anger, and fierce sense of purpose that once burned between them come rushing back as they race to lay to rest the monster who has stalked their dreams.

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When the body of a local teenager turns up in a community garden, veteran homicide detective and former Internal Affairs investigator Gus Ramone teams up with T. C. Cook, a legendary, now retired detective, and Dan "Doc" Holiday, his former partner who left the force under a cloud of suspicion, to finally put to rest a monster. 50,000 first printing.
When the body of a local teenager turns up in a community garden, veteran homicide detective Gus Ramone teams up with T. C. Cook, a legendary, now retired detective, and Dan "Doc" Holiday, his former partner who left the force under a cloud of suspicion.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316156509
0316156507
Branch Call Number: FIC PELECANOS
Characteristics: 377 p. ;,25 cm

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JCLGreggW May 28, 2013

One of my personal favorite books of all time and a masterful work of crime fiction. This novel by Pelecanos - to my mind - shot him to the top of the literature/crime genre alongside Dennis Lehane and Richard Price. This novel, set in Washington, DC, revolves around three policemen and the series of murders that brought them together twenty years ago - and a more recent murder that draws them all back together again. The original case involved a detective and two patrolmen; the detective has retired but has never quite left the case. The two patrolmen took different paths - one became an upstanding detective in his own right, and the other one is a disgraced officer, now a chauffeur with various addictions. Like all of Pelecanos' novels, the characters are so realistic that you can imagine them living right around the block, and the story about the murders - and the memories - that never can be properly laid to rest is an absolutely outstanding one. Give this one a shot - it will bounce around in your head for long after you set the book down.

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SportyReader
Feb 15, 2013

It started out interesting but quickly got boring and tedious. There just wasn't any tension or excitement.

This is so similar to The Wire series, which while brilliant, is very slow to get into. As Pelecanos was one of the writers of the show this book is a prime example of how he works.

If you have the patience stick with it. I'm sure it gets more interesting at some point. For me, it didn't come soon enough.

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gr8_reader
Feb 04, 2012

I actually didn't finish this so I can't say whether it was good or not. I just didn't have the stamina for a bleak book that didn't appear to be going anywhere good...

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Ross_Paterson
Dec 06, 2009

As good as Price at half the words.

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crowpluto
Oct 30, 2006

This is a fantastic crime novel and it's so much more. A lot of the pure "crime" stuff actually takes a backseat to the author's tour through Washington DC and the discussion of DC's social and political (mainly social) problems. The characters are deep and realistic and the plot, while not the crackerjack stuff of other crime/mystery writers, is highly engaging.

The moral is that things aren't always what they seem to be. A good read.

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