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George P. Pelecanos is the author of many crime novels, including the "Nick Stefanos Trilogy" and the "Washington DC Quartet". "King Suckerman" was shortlisted for the 1998 Crime Writers' Association Golden Dagger Award.

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George P. Pelecanos is the author of eleven crime novels including the Nick Stefanos Trilogy and the Washington DC Quartet . Hell to Pay won the best novel of The Gumshoe Awards 2002. King Suckerman was shortlisted for the 1998 Crime Writers Association Golden Dagger Award. As an independent film producer, George Pelecanos has handled the movies of the Coen Brothers and other cutting edge movie mavericks.


Sixty years ago, in The Postman Always Rings Twice , James M. Cain established the drifter as a dark knight of American crime fiction. Pelecanos ( Nick's Trip ) continues that tradition here, following Constantine, an enigmatic wanderer who falls into a den of thieves and disproves the adage that there's no honor among them. Hitchhiking south from Maryland to nowhere, Constantine takes a lift from an old man who stops at a country mansion to get some money. There Grimes, an equally old but wealthy man who organizes heists as a hobby, invites the pair to help rob two D.C. liquor stores. Swayed by ``the Beat'' (``the Beat was knowing that he was into something wrong, and the fear of it, and the point when the fear was no longer there. It was a hot buzz . . .''), Constantine signs on as a driver. He and his colleagues, who are all being blackmailed by Grimes, drink, plan and pick up women, with Constantine dangerously zeroing in on Grimes's young lover (``there was a freshness in her like newly printed money''). The robberies themselves, marred by a doublecross, go down fast and bad, leading Constantine to avenge his fallen partners by taking justice into his own hands. All sinners, none saints, the small-time hoods in this authentic world are crisply limned here in their fallible humanity. (May)

?Shoedog has great characters, violent action, dialogue as terse and no-nonsense as something from the vaults at RKO? Uncut ?The trip is a downer all the way, a model exercise in dysfunction and doomed American cool? Guardian ?Shoedog packs an unmistakable Pelecanos punch; a murky tale from a muddled world where honour is a rare thing ? especially among thieves? Crime Time

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