Hell to Pay, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A fatal shooting that strikes too close to home leaves PI Derek Strange determined to find the killer - whatever the cost.

From one of the award-winning writers of THE WIRE. Set in darkest, downtown Washington, Hell to Pay begins with Quinn and Strange dealing with the usual detritus of the world's most violent city - a bent cop and a missing teenage-girl-turned-hooker - but then a senseless death on a sunny afternoon shakes even Derek Strange's existence.

A victim shot down by bullets meant for another; a tragic accident that strikes just too close to home.

Strange's grief is all-consuming and he swears to track down and destroy the killers - ghetto style.

But as he throws himself deeper and deeper into the hunt, he has to ask questions of himself and his world that he would rather not.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780752848624



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Fine for an airport/travel read. I'm not qualified to rank this against other private detective novels. As a former resident of Washington, D.C., I'm biased: Finally, a novel, geography and a voice that resembles D.C. And with a black detective! How does he know so much stuff when he was never a cop or private detective himself?Also, FWIW, Pelacanos has writtern for The Wire TV series.

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