What It Was

Editorial reviews

What It Was

Pelecanos, a writer on feted TV dramas The Wire and Treme, writes in his signature hard-boiled noir style. Sharp, staccato storytelling, even if characterisation seems a little derivative.

George Pelecanos’s latest book, “What It Was,” sends his best stock character into an extended 40-year flashback. It begins in a Washington bar, where a song by the Dramatics gets Derek Strange to thinking about the summer of 1972.