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What It Was | [George Pelecanos]

What It Was

Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as 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, where a local drug addict's been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well.
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Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as 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, where a local drug addict's been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well. Red Fury doesn't have a retirement plan, as Vaughn points out - he doesn't care who he has to cross, or kill, to get what he wants. As the violence escalates and the stakes get higher, Strange and Vaughn know the only way to catch their man is to do it their own way.

Rich with details of place and time - the cars, the music, the clothes - and fueled by non-stop action, this is Pelecanos writing in the hard-boiled noir style that won him his earliest fans and placed him firmly in the ranks of the top crime writers in America.

©2012 George P. Pelecanos (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Alisha Silver Spring, MD, United States 04-07-12
    Alisha Silver Spring, MD, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Who's writes street better?"
    What did you love best about What It Was?

    He is the best street crime writer there is. He nails the jargon, the speed, the grit.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The chase was great. Left me wanting more.


    What about J. D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    He has a rich voice and handles the rhythm of the cops speech and the street jargon well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It doesn't need one. The title is the tag line!


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    Gideon PRINCE ALBERT, South Africa 08-13-12
    Gideon PRINCE ALBERT, South Africa 08-13-12 Member Since 2009

    Will read just about anything. Favourites include Tom Robbins, Umberto Eco, Michael Connelly, Chris Brookmyre, Julian Barnes, James Joyce, Tim Butcher, Barbara Kingsolver, Ettienne van Heerden, Deon Meyer and ....

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    "Have some time? You could do a lot worse."
    What did you like best about What It Was? What did you like least?

    Clever plot, believable characters, well-paced.


    Would you be willing to try another book from George Pelecanos? Why or why not?

    Pelecanos tells stories well. He's always worth reading or listening to.


    Have you listened to any of J. D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was a first for me. Don't think it'll be the last.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 06-01-12
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 06-01-12 Member Since 2011

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    "a good , entertaining book"

    Another entertaining thriller , with a good balance of action, atmosphere and a fast moving plot. Pelecanos' fans will not be disappointed...

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    David 02-16-12
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    "FINALLY, A GOOD READING OF A PELECANOS."
    Where does What It Was rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I DON''T LISTEN TO THEM IF THEY AREN'T WELL WRITTEN AND WELL READ.


    What other book might you compare What It Was to and why?

    GOOD STORY. GOOD READER


    What does J. D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I DON'T KNOW, BUT IT WORKS. (I WOULDN'T HAVE READ THE NOVEL).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    JUST HAD A VERY GOOD 'LISTEN' TO A GOOD STORY. THANK YOU


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    FINALLY A READER I CAN LISTEN TO FOR A PELECANOS. MORE PLEASE!

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    "Excellent and evocative thriller"

    Pelecanos treats all his characters and his readers with respect. If you go on a journey with this book you will feel you understand the people he writes about and the choices they make. And with Pelecanos. ' Tout comprendre, c'est tout pardonner.'

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