Right as Rain

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Right as Rain
Right as Rain cover.jpg
First edition cover
Author George Pelecanos
Country United States
Language English
Series Strange and Quinn
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Little Brown
Publication date
February 2001
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 336 pp
ISBN 0316695262 (Hardcover first edition)
OCLC 44128318
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3566.E354 R54 2001
Followed by Hell to Pay

Right as Rain is a 2001 crime novel by George Pelecanos. It is set in Washington DC and focuses on private investigator Derek Strange and his new partner Terry Quinn. It is the first novel to involve the characters and is followed by Hell to Pay (2002), Soul Circus (2003) and Hard Revolution (2004).

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel follows private investigator Derek Strange as he works on several cases in Washington DC. Strange's main case is to investigate the death of Chris Wilson. Strange focuses on ex-cop Terry Quinn who shot Wilson. Both were police officers and the shooting led to Quinn's discharge from the police department. The shooting was high profile and characterised as racially motivated; Quinn is caucasian while Wilson was African American. Quinn becomes involved in the investigation himself as he is desperate to clear his conscience.[1]

Explanation of the novel's title[edit]

The internal police investigation of Quinn's shooting of Wilson determined that Quinn was blameless, that the shooting was "right as rain."


Derek Strange is an ex-cop and current private investigator. Strange has a successful business and is a lifelong resident of Washington DC.

Terry Quinn is an ex police officer discharged after the fatal shooting of Chris Wilson, the victim in the case which brings Strange and Quinn together.

Major themes[edit]

Race is a major theme of the novel.[2]


  1. ^ "Right as Rain". Hatchett Book Group USA. Archived from the original on 2007-09-08. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Cops in the Hood". New York Times. 2001-03-25. Retrieved 2007-09-20.