The Night Gardener, by George Pelecanos

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I’m not generally a big mystery reader — not like my mom or grandmother, certainly, who devour the genre. But I was given this book for my birthday a few weeks ago, so took it on my trip to China so I’d have something to read. Short version is that it’s a very good book. Slightly longer version is that Pelecanos is a writer for my favorite TV show, “The Wire,” and this book really reads like an episode of The Wire watches. Great dialog; complex, intertwined story lines; a lot of open-ended threads. It got a little confusing in places, but that could have been my fault because of jet lag & such. Anyway, Pelecanos has been writing for a long time, so if you’re into Law & Order type crime drama, you should check this one out.

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