Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as a private investigator. His former partner, Frank ‘Hound Dog’ Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help to recover a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn’s turf, where a local drug addict’s been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well. Writer of the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, George Pelecanos’s hard-boiled noir style places him firmly in the ranks of the top crime writers in America. Rich with details of place and time – the cars, the music, the clothes –What It Was is fuelled by non-stop action.