A white cop kills an offduty black cop and the black cop's mother hires Derek Strange to get to the bottom of things Strange stumbles into a world of drug dealers and dirty cops, and the only man who can help him is Terry Quinn, the white cop who shot the son of the woman who hired himRight as Rain kicks off the Derek Strange series Strange, a sixtyish black PI, is a pretty smooth character, a former cop who is fond of westerns Terry Quinn is a white disgraced former cop who works in a used book and record store Pelecanos uses their contrasting characteristics to explore race relations in Washington DC while they tackle the case of Chris Wilson, the offduty cop Quinn killed.Sound like Lethal Weapon? It's not, although Strange and Quinn poke fun at the Gibson and Glover action comedy a couple times Strange and Quinn are both very well developed characters Quinn's an intense guy and isn't sure if he shot Wilson because he was brandishing a gun or because he was black Further complicating Quinn's feelings on race is Juana, his halfblack, halfPuerto Rican girlfriend Strange has been in a casual relationship with his secretary for years but won't commit despite feeling fatherly toward her son Lionel.The friendship between Strange and Quinn grows naturally, first over westerns and boxing, and seemed pretty believable to me I found myself caring about their relationships with their women and with each otherthan the eventual gunplay I knew was coming.The villains of the piece, the drug dealers, aren't as developed as I would have liked but the story isabout the interactions between Strange and Quinn anyway Although I did like that Pelecanos had them leave DC for the country a bit Both men emerge from the story changed men to some degree Strange's case turns out well and Quinn learns a few things about himself.4 stars I'll be readingof Strange and Quinn in the future. RIGHT AS RAIN: A DEREK STRANGE NOVEL by George Pelecanos is the first book in the “Derek Strange Terry Quinn” series that begins with an older detective named Derek Strange, who is black, (and a former police officer in D.C from '68) who is requested by an older woman he knows from church to look into the shooting death of her son; a young police officer named Chris Wilson (who is also black) by a young white police officer named Terry Quinn.Quinn has been cleared of any wrongdoing, and the shooting is called “a clean killing”, but he is unable to escape the cloud that is over him even though he’s tried to create a new life away from the force and works in a record store now sporting long hair and hoping for anonymity; until Strange contacts him to discuss the shooting which develops into a somewhat undefined partnership between the two.George Pelecanos has written so many wonderful books that paint a visual picture of life in D.C., especially the ones written of days past in D.C., and the series of his books that are available; especially the “D.C Quartet” and the 'Nick Stefanos' books being among his finest,it's really surprising that I waited so long to start at the beginning of this series, although I’ve read What It Was the fifth book in the series.Far be it from me (I'm unworthy!) to complain about anything Pelecanos writes, but at times this felt a bit as if certain things discussed came off as being preached points of view by the characters that felt wrong at times took away from the seamless effect he creates that immerses the reader into the story of his best novels Difficult subjects such as racism, profiling, gun control are definitely a challenge to present in a way that doesn’t offend someone, and maybe the difficulty in tackling these subjects resulted in giving this a bit of a Hollywoodlike treatment that gets in the way of a great story and solid characters.I’ll definitely be continuing to read the books in this series, and next up is Hell to Pay.4 stars. There's a lot going on in this first of the Derek Strange and Terry Quinn tomes by George Pelecanos, but it never feels overwhelming, with the narrative and the characters moving along at a steady speed in this gritty, earthy detective novel.It's true that there is violence here, but it is not overplayed nor drawn out in lurid details The world Strange and Quinn are involved in in the nation's capital is one that lends itself to violence An absence of it in the story would feel unreal.But this story is as much about relationships between people, principally Strange and Quinn, but other characters, too, as it is about detection and shoot'emup scenes In reality, considering the sordid underculture with whom the protagonists become involved, the violence may be understated.The characters feel truetolife with their quirks and flaws like actual human beings.I'll be back forof this series in the future. I just discovered Pelecanos, and I’d like to issue him a challenge, because I think he’s a very talented writer Mr Pelecanos, someday please write a buddy novel about, say, a middleaged woman detective and the gay former football player she teams up with I think you could do it, maybe even have fun with it To make it evenof a departure, start the story out someplace bland like Old Town Alexandria.“Right as Rain” is the first in a series about two former cops in Washington, D.C Derek Strange is wiser,seasoned, and AfricanAmerican Strange is reflective, wellrounded, methodical, and sometimes funny Terry Quinn is younger, impulsive, and not AfricanAmerican He has a scrappy hotheadedness to him, some of which seems to be b/c he has a complex about his [lack of] height They meet when Strange is hired to investigate an incident in which Quinn, when he was still a cop, fatally shot a fellow officer who’d been undercover And who was AfricanAmerican Conversations about race naturally follow.Positives: (1) The dialog is very well written Pelecanos has a real gift If I stick with the series, it’ll be because I’m a little in awe of how well he writes dialog (2) The Georgia Avenue setting and the realness of the D.C neighborhoods Pelecanos’ characters refer to police incidents that I remember from the news when I lived in D.C He touches on the city’s arguably unique class and race tensions (3) The buddy dynamic carries over to the side characters too The Latino brothers who supply drugs, the fatherson racists who take the drugs into the District, etc Nuisance: There’s a crudeness in how even the most sympathetic characters talk and think about women It’s part of the genre, I know, I know, I know Hardboiled crime fiction is not the place to expect any believable, multidimensional women characters I haven’t found any in the pop fiction marketed to women either, for that matter (aka “chick lit”) But in both Right as Rain and his 2011 The Cut, Pelecanosthan once has his protagonist come home in a restless, pacing mood and conclude that he “needs a woman.” Sort of like how I’d decide I need a bag of chips or a chocolate bar Huh?For all I know, Pelecanos, under a different name, writes fantastic women characters who offerthan sex Even in these books, I understand that some part of the story is served by entire paragraphs describing how a male character thinks about a woman’s breasts Character development Escapist fantasies for some readers Whatever I’m not annoyed on prudish grounds I’mcurious as to whether Pelecanos can show a range beyond the gritty/macho stuff he obviously has mastered. Holy bejesus, Right as Rain is good Workmanlike, maybe, but the kind of workmanlike that leads you to admire a wellmade tool (heh) or table and say, That sucker will last forever Solid I picked Right as Rain up after reading Drama City and finished the last sixty pages in the bath today Very satisfying Both the bath and the novel Right as Rain is up there, as far as I'm concerned, with Ellroy's and MacDonald's best Nothing too out of the ordinary here, nothing groundbreaking, but topnotch crime fiction, like a good burrito as compared to molecular gastronomy. This is my first read from this author, and the first in a series and a very strong start, in my opinion I definitely plan to readof these.It's a gritty, downtoearth story that takes place in Washington, DC in places where most of us would never see, and about people we probably would never meet And for many of them, we wouldn't want to meet, although there are some that I wouldn't mind meeting, such as Derek Strange, a Black detective/former cop and his office manager/girlfriend He teams up with a troubled White former cop who is part of his investigation, and they become friends Together, they go after some real lowlife drug dealers.I think the author did a great job of exposing the underbelly of Washington and making it seem real I don't know if it's really authentic, of course, but the characters all seemed to come alive, and I felt I knew them all I look forward tofrom this author. Pelecanos is one of my standby favorites Aside from being a writer on HBO's The Wire, he's the only author that I bother to read in hardback His stories are set in the District of Columbia and its surrounding counties, but have little to do with the bustling Federal City and its corridors of power Pelecanos writes about the dispossessed of DC, those who scratch out livings in Anacostia and the Northeast Hardboiled fiction from a city that always seems on the edge of boiling over Right as Rain is a great jumping on point as Pelecanos starts afresh with a new set of characters. Derrick Strange sets out to investigate the shooting death of offduty officer Chris Wilson, at the request of Wilson's mother Wilson was shot by a fellow police officer, and the DC police force had already investigated and cleared Terry Quinn, the officer who shot Wilson, but Wilson's mother is not satisfied with their findings and doesn't like the way her son was portrayed through the official investigation Strange not only uncovers new details in this unfortunate death, but he also uncovers a friendship with Terry Quinn.If I could give a halfstar rating, I would actually rate this at 4.5 stars The characters are well developed and Pelecanos breaches a very touchy topic for most Americans He handles it well, but I felt uncomfortable maybe even offended through a few parts, but I think that was his intention The only area I think there was room for improvement was in his use of language He tended to be crass and even vulgar in the narration That language was appropriate at times with the characters themselves, but with the narration, he could have created a muchpowerful effect had he not been quite so pedestrian in his language choice If I had not read Daniel Woodrell or Pay Conroy, I may not have had that same opinion, but I've seen what magic those writers can weave with their words So, I know it's possible and effective! 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The killing is declared righteous, but the issue remains: does a white cop see skin color first when in a dangerous situation? Isn’t he programmed to react that way in our society?Derek Strange is an excop has been a private investigator for over 25 years He’s a black man who’s done well and likes to serve as a role model in the troubled community in which he operates He is hired by Wilson’s mother to see if he can find anything that will ennoble his character after his death As it is, he has been portrayed by the press as being drunk and out of control, holding a gun on an innocent man She doesn’t dispute anything about his killing, just hopes to salvage his name somehow In an interesting twist, Strange investigates Quinn and gets him involved in chasing down the truth as well The investigated becomes the investigator The two men play off each other well At the same time, we follow a parallel story of two white trash drug runners, Ray Boone and his father, Earl At first, they appear almost comical—the son compensating for his lack of height with highheeled boots, the father with his inexplicable lust for a strungout black drug addict The journey into their world is dark and disturbing They are two nihilistic rednecks dealing in drugs and death, and the fact that they are so realistically portrayed is completely frightening The reader is led deep into the drug trade and sees the chain of distribution close up It isn’t obvious at first, but somehow we know that their story is interconnected with the Wilson saga I had 2 major problems with this book The first is the fact that the narration is viewed through racially tinted glasses Everything in the book has some kind of black or white twist to it, and Pelecanos kept hammering it in Black people do this; white people do that I really objected to the premise that white people judge black people primarily on the basis of their skin color and only secondarily on other aspects of their character My second problem was that all the female characters in the book were defined in terms of their sexual relationships with the various male characters There was not one fully realized female character who stood alone and apart as a nonsexual object The one with the most promise was Strange’s assistant at the agency, Janine But then again, she’s sleeping with the boss, so that dissipated her individual effectiveness.In spite of these obstacles, the book was almost redeemed for me by the sheer strength of Pelecanos’ writing The revelation of what actually happened in the primary situation was totally surprising, and the resolution of all the plot lines was totally credible He is a master at drawing the DC setting, particularly in depicting life on the street and the activities of the drug dealers When he describes a visit to a crack house, you feel like wiping your shoes at the end of the scene And just as in his Stefanos books, there’s a strong reliance on music to add to the ambiance His male characters are tough and hard It was the treatment of the racial theme and the sexist attitudes towards the female characters that made this book less than satisfying to me.