Search Results: "George Pelecanos"


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THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2008 by George Pelecanos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2008

"An eminently worthwhile collection, though perhaps not for those prone to Weltschmerz."
The 12th annual edition of this anthology, whose general editor is Otto Penzler, collects 20 blue-ribbon entries, all dressed up in impeccable noir. Read full book review >

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DRAMA CITY by George Pelecanos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2005

"The dog-eat-dog metaphor, borrowed perhaps from the film Amores Perros, provides a brutal, tender new way for Pelecanos to get at his great subject: the miraculous survival of lilies among the toxic weeds of the Nation's Capital. "
Pelecanos takes a break from the continuing sagas of DC cop Derek Strange (Hard Revolution, 2003, etc.) and DC private eye Nick Stefanos (Shame the Devil, 2000, etc.) for an equally unsparing stand-alone tale of two cops who aren't quite cops. Read full book review >

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D.C. NOIR by George Pelecanos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Mostly, though, the bleak carnival of street crime goes hand in hand with a worldview so deterministic you'd swear nothing could ever change."
According to these 16 new stories, life in the nation's capital ranks with afterlife in the lower circles of hell. Read full book review >

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THE BIG BLOWDOWN by George Pelecanos
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 28, 1996

"If it's not quite as original or resonant as the Big Book Pelecanos seems to have had in mind, you'll still find yourself feeling everything you're supposed to about the familiar demi-heroic types and their grim postwar world."
Pelecanos follows four mysteries—three about D.C. appliance salesman/barman Nick Stefanos (Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go, 1995, etc.)—with this crossover prequel showing the warmly seamy side of Nick's Grill back in 1949. Read full book review >

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THE MARTINI SHOT by George Pelecanos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"The other stories all strike sparks as reminiscences of troubled youth recalled from the perspective of adult experience—or from beyond the grave."
Seven stories and a novella from the undisputed king of D.C. noir. Read full book review >

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THE DOUBLE by George Pelecanos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Cult favorite Pelecanos deserves an even wider readership."
The second in a series featuring a new investigator represents an update for the veteran mystery novelist. Read full book review >

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DOWN BY THE RIVER WHERE THE DEAD MEN GO by George Pelecanos
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 22, 1995

"Nick and his incomparably seamy milieu, in their third outing (Nick's Trip, 1993, etc.), get an A, though the case is the sort of five-finger exercise usually associated with tired old pros resting up between their big events."
Pelecanos returns from the striking Shoedog (1994) to the saga of D.C. barman and sometime shamus Nick Stefanos. Read full book review >

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HARD REVOLUTION by George Pelecanos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2004

"The most conventionally ambitious of Pelecanos's sprawling studies of D.C. crime: pat in its sociological determinism, harrowing in its portraits of each hopeless loser and the few ex-losers who escape."
Pelecanos's latest Extra Dark slice of Washington street crime leaps back a generation to connect the backstory of private eye Derek Strange (Soul Circus, 2003, etc.) to the murder of Martin Luther King. Read full book review >

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A FIRING OFFENSE by George Pelecanos
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"This debut is promising—but better wait for Pelecanos to throw better stuff."
Meet Nick Stefanos, hard-drinking, heavy-metal-loving D.C. appliance salesman who talks so much like a private eye that stockboy Jimmy Broda's grandfather insists that he find the missing boy, who was fired after he stopped showing up for work—and who was last seen with novice druggie Eddie "Redman" Shultz and dangerously experienced Kim Lazarus. Read full book review >

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THE WAY HOME by George Pelecanos
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 2009

"Redemption the hard way, well-crafted and deeply felt."
A crime novel, yes, but the talented Pelecanos (The Turnaround, 2008, etc.) shoves it out of its comfort zone. Read full book review >

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THE SWEET FOREVER by George Pelecanos
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 1998

"Still, the violence-averse should probably give a pass to this otherwise almost compulsively readable entertainer."
Marcus Clay and Dimitri Karras want very much to mind their own business, but that's not the way their karmas crumble, as Pelecanos makes clear in this rousing, raunchy sequel to King Suckerman (1997). Read full book review >

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NICK'S TRIP by George Pelecanos
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 22, 1993

"But there are still some great scenes, great people, and great background music."
Two cases for D.C. shamus Nick Stefanos, who's left his job at Nutty Nathan's (A Firing Offense, 1992) to patrol the bar at the Spot. Read full book review >