THE NIGHT GARDENER, the fourteenth novel from award-winning author George Pelecanos, offers yet more evidence of a writer at the top of his game.
The title refers to a series of murders in 1985 that forms the back story to this novel. The victims were all teenagers, their bodies found in public gardens. The detective assigned to those cases was T.C. Cook, a legend among his peers and the object of the admiration of two very different patrolmen, Gus Ramone and Doc Holiday, who are on the scene of what appears to be the last of the Night Gardener murders to handle crowd control.
Fast-forward 20 years and Gus Ramone, now a hard-working, straight-arrow