George Pelecanos
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George Pelecanos

George P. Pelecanos was born in Washington, DC in 1957. His first novel was published in 1992 and alongside his consequential success as an author, he has also worked as producer, writer and story editor for the acclaimed and award-winning US crime series, The Wire. His writing for the show earned him an Emmy nomination.

He is the author of fifteen crime novels set in and around Washington, DC. The Big Blowdown was the recipient of the International Crime Novel of the Year award in both Germany and Japan; King Suckerman was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger Award in the UK. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire and the collections Unusual Suspects and Best American Mystery Stories of 1997. He is an award-winning journalist and pop-culture essayist who has written for the Washington Post.

Pelecanos can also claim credit for involvement in the production of several feature films. Most recently, as a screenwriter for film, he has written an adaptation of King Suckerman for Dimension Films, and was co-writer on the Paid in Full.

His novel Right as Rain is currently in development with director Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential, Wonder Boys) and Warner Brothers. He is a writer on the upcoming World War II miniseries The Pacific, to be produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and HBO. Pelecanos lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and three children. He is at work on his next novel.

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    • The Man Who Came Uptown

    • By: George Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: James Shippy
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    Michael Hudson spends the long days in prison devouring books given to him by the prison's librarian. She keeps passing Michael books until one day he disappears, suddenly released after a private detective manipulated a witness in Michael's trial....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible pronunciation, great book

    • By L. Alexander on 09-13-18

    Regular price: $29.65

    • The Sweet Forever

    • A Novel
    • By: George P. Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: Cary Hite
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
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      4 out of 5 stars 51

    A bold, brilliant tale of mystery, revenge, and survival in the 1980's, when cocaine and money ruled the city streets and even the good guys wanted a piece of the action....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • George Pelecanos...Glad I found him

    • By Roger on 07-15-17

    Regular price: $22.80

    • The Cut

    • Spero Lucas, Book 1
    • By: George Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 267
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 237

    Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By bionichands on 05-02-12

    Regular price: $17.09

    • The Double

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    • By: George P. Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting - "The Double" - Grace Kinkaid's ex-boyfriend stole from her. It's the sort of thing Spero Lucas specializes in....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great follow up to the first book!

    • By Will on 10-14-17

    Regular price: $28.50

    • King Suckerman

    • A Novel
    • By: George Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: Cary Hite
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    In the summer of 1976, the nation's capital is gearing up for the Bicentennial. Two knockaround guys named Clay and Karras are out looking for trouble....

    Regular price: $22.80

    • D.C. Noir

    • By: George Pelecanos (editor)
    • Narrated by: Lisa Renee Pitts, Cassandra Campbell, William Dufris, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Mystery sensation Pelecanos pens the lead story and edits this groundbreaking collection of stories detailing the seedy underside of the nation's capital....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • What It Was

    • By: George Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 38

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Have some time? You could do a lot worse.

    • By Gideon on 08-13-12

    Regular price: $11.39

    • The Turnaround

    • By: George Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    On a hot summer afternoon in 1972, three teenagers drove into an unfamiliar neighborhood and six lives were altered forever....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Book for a Trip

    • By Howard on 12-23-09

    Regular price: $17.09

    • The Night Gardener

    • By: George Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: George Pelecanos
    • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Gus Ramone is "good police", a former Internal Affairs investigator now working homicide for the city's Violent Crime branch....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worth the purchase

    • By Conception on 10-16-07

    Regular price: $17.09

    • Soul Circus

    • By: George P. Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: Richard Allen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Private investigators Derek Strange and Terry Quinn have found a woman whose testimony could send a crime lord to jail. First they have to get her to talk. Then they have to keep her alive....

    Regular price: $20.97

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