Saturday, November 13, 2010

Opening Sentence of the Day: The Night Gardener

The crime scene was in the low 30s around E, on the edge of Fort Dupont Park, in a neighborhood known as Greenway, in the 6th District section of Southeast D.C.

-- The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos.

Great opening -- if you need to give directions to a cab driver.

It is time to get this book off my Guilt List.  I won this in a giveaway so long ago that I cannot retrace my steps through the blogosphere to find who gave it to me. Thank you, whoever you are!

Book Beginnings on Friday is a weekly Opening Sentence event now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages.  I'm a day late this week.


  1. You have reminded me that I'd like to read some Pelecanos. I was a fan of HBO's The Wire, which he wrote for, if I recall correctly. So, I'll be interested to read your thoughts once you've finished this one.

  2. Charley: It says on the cover of my copy that he was a "producer" of The Wire. I don't know if that means he wrote it or not, but that would make sense. I haven't seen the show, but I've heard it is excellent.

  3. I really enjoyed this book. It was my first read of Pelecanos' work and I enjoyed the way he wrote and his unique approach to murder mystery type books. I picked this book up after see "The Wire" which is my favorite cable series. I think Pelecanos contributed to the script writing and provided quite a lot of advice in terms of police investigations and the drug selling/buying scene.

    ~ Amy

  4. Amy: Good! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I set it aside as soon as I started it so I could finish the Iris Murdoch book I'm reading. But I am looking forward to getting back to this one.


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