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Right As Rain Hardcover – Feb 6 2001


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company (Feb. 6 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316695262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316695268
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,513,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Mitchell on March 26 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read five of Pelecanos' books in a row, and finally had to stop myself- not because I was burning myself out on them, but because they're simply that good and I want to savor them. Unfortunately, some of his earlier Nick Stefanos and Dimitri Karras books are hard to find and exist only in overpriced paperback editions. Knowing that, I started with the Derek Strange books, since they're in print and easy to find at bookstores and libraries. Pelecanos is frequently compared to Micahel Connelly and Dennis Lehane, but I think he's a lot better. Given that those two are fantastic writers, that's quite a compliment- sort of like saying that The Beatles are better than The Stones and The Who...
Derek Strange is one of the more realistic characters I've met in any genere. He's a flawed but basically decent man struggling with the social issues that confront him in his personal and professional life. Pelecanos conveys a social conscience without becoming preachy, and Strange is the perfect vehicle for this. His settings are not the tired, overused streets of NYC or Los Angeles, but instead the familiar but less literary-travelled areas surroudning Washington DC. His DC is not the political Beltway, but rather the complex urban area that offers the tremendous positivies and the horrific negatives of any major city. In addition to a remarkably sympathetic and detailed protagonist, Pelecanos creates some truly repulsive bad guys- thoroughly evil, but utterly impossible to turn away from.
Some reviews criticize Pelecanos for his overuse of musical references. I disagree- I think that the constant reference to the music being listened to by the character sets the mood and tone as much as do the descritions of place.
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By A Customer on June 3 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
i have read 160 pages and still am not compelled to continue this book to the end. the plot is boring and predictable . it does not pull you forward, wondering what happens next. the writing is very good, no question about that; but it proceeds too slowly and has not grabbed my interest. i will read lahaine, colben, crais, and connelly before coming back to pelecanos.
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I read this novel after reading SOUL CIRCUS and this was one of the prequels to that novel which unfortunately is probably the last novel that the character Terry Quinn will appear in. RIGHT AS RAIN introduces Derek Strange and Terry Quinn and the origins of their friendship and their differences (other than race) that they often have to contend with. I would have to say that Terry Quinn is a more developed character in this novel than in SOUL CIRCUS but I have yet to read HELL TO PAY which next on my reading list. The story is fast paced and gritty. Washington, DC is described with every brutal and gritty detail. It reads like a postmodern Chester Himes novel. A clear distinction of good and evil in some instances but also grey and shady areas where the lines are not so easily drawn. Quinn is actually a likable character in this novel.
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By A Customer on March 22 2004
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Dull slow story, dull characters. I'd read Walter Mosley over this Pelecanos when it comes to stories involving black characters.
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By A Customer on Jan. 16 2004
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Not much of a mystery - more like a sociological treatise masquarading as a mystery. Race is on center stage in this book, but only in a slipshod way. Basically, the black characters are drawn as multi-dimensional human beings, while most of the white characters are stock villians. As such, it starts to remind you of Blaxploitation literature of the '70s. As a resident of DC, I was also irritated by the endless moaning over how the city has changed in recent years, as though its a sin to open a decent restaurant downtown! All in all it was a decent read, but I won't be coming back for more.
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By snalen on May 29 2003
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Pelecanos' writing sometimes threatens to sink under the weight of its own savvy hipness. That said, he writes vivid, gripping, intelligent character-driven stories and this is no exception. Derek Strange, a black Washington PI is hired by the mother of a black policeman who has died in a shooting incident involving a white colleague, Terry Quinn. The mother's suspicions focus on Quinn and she is keen for Strange to dig into his background where she is sure something sinister awaits discovery. In fact, Strange and Quinn quite quickly become friends and together find much that is plenty sinister to uncover in quite different aspects of the incident. The plot is neatly put together, and Pelecanos has thoughtful and perceptive things to say about the psychological dynamics of racial distrust. The characterization is generally convincing though more so with the good guys than with the bad and much more so with male than female characters.
Two small-ish qualms. In the first place, Pelecanos would probably do well to give up on sex scenes. When - as is the case here - they are weakly done and add nothing to our understanding of character or plot, they feel gratuitous and cynical. In the second place, I am certain the paragraph on pp8-9 describing Strange's professional equipment is not a case of literary product placement but it does read alarmingly like advertising copy.
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After reading the reviews here on Amazon.com over and over again, I finally decided to check out "Right as Rain" for myself and see what all the fuss what about, and I'm so glad I did!
George Pelecanos has a unique way of writing that's different than any author I've ever read.
"Right as Rain" is an intriguing crime story that grabbed my attention from the beginning and didn't let go.
Derek Strange and Terry Quinn are both ex-cops from different backgrounds who meet as a result of an investigation Strange is conducting. He's now a private investigator asked to look into the shooting death of a black police officer shot by Quinn. The story takes a lot of unexpected twists and turns once he reluctantly accepts help from Quinn and the two of them start getting closer and closer to the truth.
It's an excellent novel, and will not be my last by Pelecanos. I'm hooked! I've already ordered the next two in this great series.
Check it out for yourself, you won't be disappointed!
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