Hell to Pay by George P. Pelecanos
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Derek Strange and Terry Quinn, the team of private investigators who made their stunning debut in Right As Rain, are hired to find a 14-year-old white girl from the suburbs who's run away from home and is now working as a prostitute. The two ex-cops think they know D.C.'s dangers, but nothing in their experience has prepared them for Worldwide Wilson, the pimp whose territory they're intruding upon.

Combining inimitable neighborhood flavor, action scenes that rank among the best in fiction, and a clear-eyed view of morality in a world with few rules, "Hell to Pay" is another Pelecanos masterpiece for his ever-expanding audience to savor.
 

About George P. Pelecanos

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George P. Pelecanos is the author of five other novels: The Big Blowdown, Nick's Trip, Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go, A Firing Offense, and Shoedog. He lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published February 27, 2002 by Little, Brown and Company. 350 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Crime. Fiction

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His new client is just one more way Strange and his ex-cop friend Terry Quinn—whose attempts to help round up a runaway teenager now turning tricks leads him into the dark heart of one of the hundred hellish neighborhoods Pelecanos knows the way you know the road home—are torn between compassion ...

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You know you're in Pelecanos country when the music begins early—a trio of street thugs on their way to a dogfight listen to "the new DMX joint on PGC, turned up loud"—and continues to throb all the way through this second book in the author's hardboiled and heartbreaking series centered around W...

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Simultaneously, the events set in motion between Lorenze Wilder and Garfield Potter are simmering around the edges of Strange's life, which is already teetering on a slippery slope.

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The second in a series featuring private investigator Derek Strange and his short-tempered, disgraced-cop sidekick Terry Quinn, Hell To Pay again proves Pelecanos' talent for presenting the horrors of everyday crime through the eyes of characters who aren't easily shocked, and allowing those char...

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In the hearts of the unlikely crime solving duo is a genuine concern for the futures of the young black men whose perception of a successful career is vastly different from that of the two ex-cops.

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Derek Strange, owner of Strange Investigations, is a solid citizen in his Washington, DC, neighborhood.

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