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 31
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    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 Cut

    • Spero Lucas, Book 1
    • By: George Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 261
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 234
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 232

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So entertaining and surprising!

    • By Corruns on 10-31-11

    Regular price: $17.09

    • 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 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    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

    • Shoedog

    • By: George Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Constantine was born in D.C., and has been traveling the world ever since-finding everything but a home....

    Regular price: $22.80

    • 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

    • Hard Revolution

    • By: George Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: Lance Reddick
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Derek Strange is a rookie cop, the job he's dreamed of since he was a boy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Vintage Pelecanos

    • By A. Koren on 03-12-12

    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

    • 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

    • The Way Home

    • By: George Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    One day on the job, Chris and his partner come across a temptation almost too big to resist. Chris does the right thing, but old habits and instincts rise to the surface....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of My Favorites

    • By William on 05-16-18

    Regular price: $22.80

    • The Double

    • Spero Lucas
    • By: George P. Pelecanos
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 70

    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

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