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October 29, 2011 / C.T. Henry

COMING SOON: The latest Derek Strange novel by George Pelecanos

In 2004, after his renowned series featuring P.I.s Derek Strange and Terry Quinn, George Pelecanos published a prequel, Hard Revolution, about Strange’s years on the force when riots engulfed D.C. following the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  On January, 23, 2012, George Pelecanos resurrects one the best hard-boiled P.I.s  in all of crime fiction.  Derek Strange is back for another prequel!  What It Was is set after the events in Hard Revolution.


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.

I can’t wait for What It Was!  If you’ve never heard of George Pelecanos, you’ve been missing one of today’s best crime writers.  His Derek Strange and Terry Quinn trilogy consists of Right as Rain (2001), Hell to Pay (2002), and Soul Circus (2003).


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