What It Was Lib/E

George P. Pelecanos (Author) Jd Jackson (Read by)

Product Details

Hachette Book Group
Publish Date
January 23, 2012
6.3 X 1.6 X 7.3 inches | 0.75 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

George Pelecanos is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels set in and around Washington, DC. His works have earned him the Raymond Chandler Award in Italy, the Falcon Award in Japan, and the Grand Prix Du Roman Noir in France. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and a producer and Emmy-nominated writer of the HBO hit series The Wire. He writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme.

JD Jackson is one of AudioFile's 2020 Golden Voices and a skilled and versatile narrator with a long list of impressive credits to his name. In addition to narration, he is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and a classically trained actor. His television and film credits include House, Law & Order, Diary of a City Priest, and Hack.


Pelecanos is crazy for details, so all these particulars-the colorful names, the flashy clothes, the sexy cars, and soulful music-add to the big picture he's continually drawing of crucial moments in America's changing history.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

In recent decades, as American crime fiction has reached new heights, a few novels have been outstanding, including Dennis Lehane's Mystic River, Laura Lippman's What the Dead Know, and Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series. The five Strange novels belong on that list. They're about crime, but, finally, they're a profound meditation on good and evil in this city, mostly in parts of it that many of us pass through often but never really see.

-- "Washington Post"

Action-packed...a special treat...Inspired by a real chapter in DC history, Pelecanos gives us the rich period detail-the cars, clothes, music, and attitude-of the 1970s.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Pelecanos writes with the same streetwise authenticity he brought to the HBO show The Wire, with memorable characters cut from the same cloth. Narrator J. D. Jackson's characterizations are so spot-on that listeners will practically see the hookers, pimps, junkies, killers, and a particularly talented cop named Frank 'Hound Dog' Vaughn. It's strong stuff, pure adrenaline.

-- "AudioFile"