Matters are complicated because Asa is a friend of Gus Ramone's son Diego, an adolescent boy his mother and father are working hard to keep from being influenced by the environment of the District. Ramone seeks to help his son stay straight as well as to succeed in school while other crimes rise to the attention of the Violent Crimes Bureau, of which he is a part. Nevertheless, Ramone keeps his highly valued home life largely separate from his professional life as he pursues the crime while protecting and nurturing his family.
Pelacanos' novels are salted with the sounds of the music his characters listen to. Whether the novel is from his earlier, and very popular, Nick Stefanos series or the more recent D.C. Quartet and Derek Strange series, the music is always contemporaneous with the time of the novels. I, for one, would appreciate a web site with links to clips from the songs by the bands referenced since I'm completely unfamiliar with almost all the music he references. Neuro-Scientist Daniel Levitin does this with his books, making the books ever so much more accessible. Because the music the characters listen to reflect their character and environment, knowing more about the music they hear would enrich reading their stories. We web site for Treme, called the Music of Treme identifies each song and piece of musical background in the film.
The Night Gardner by George Pelacanos is published by Little, Brown & Company and available everywhere.
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