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George P. Pelecanos

Autor(a) de The Night Gardener

42+ Works 10,869 Membros 293 Críticas 42 Favorited

About the Author

George P. Pelecanos was born in Washington, D.C. on February 18, 1957. Before becoming an author, he worked as a line cook, dishwasher, bartender, and woman's shoe salesman. His first novel, A Firing Offense, was published in 1992. His other books include Nick's Trip, Shoedog, King Suckerman, Right mostrar mais as Rain, Hard Revolution, Drama City, The Night Gardener, and What It Was. He has received numerous awards including the Raymond Chandler award in Italy, the Falcon award in Japan, and the Grand Prix Du Roman Noir in France. Hell to Pay and Soul Circus were awarded the 2003 and 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has served as producer on the feature films Caught (1996), Whatever (1998) and BlackMale (1999). He was a producer, writer, and story editor for the HBO series, The Wire, which won the Peabody Award and the AFI Award. He was also a writer and co-producer on the HBO World War II miniseries The Pacific and an executive producer and writer on the HBO series Treme. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Credit: David Shankbone, Brooklyn Book Festival, Sept. 2008


Obras por George P. Pelecanos

The Night Gardener (2006) 1,248 exemplares
Right as Rain (2001) 837 exemplares
Hell to Pay (2002) 771 exemplares
Hard Revolution (2004) 704 exemplares
The Turnaround (2008) 676 exemplares
Drama City (2005) 674 exemplares
Soul Circus (2003) 618 exemplares
The Way Home (2009) 539 exemplares
Shame the Devil (2000) 514 exemplares
The Cut (2011) 476 exemplares
King Suckerman (1997) 420 exemplares
The Sweet Forever (1998) 394 exemplares
A Firing Offense (1992) 389 exemplares
The Big Blowdown (1996) 380 exemplares
Nick's Trip (1993) 310 exemplares
What It Was (2012) 258 exemplares
The Double (2013) 253 exemplares
Shoedog (1994) 250 exemplares
The Man Who Came Uptown (2018) 250 exemplares
D.C. Noir (2006) — Editor — 193 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (2008) — Editor & Introduction — 167 exemplares
D.C. Noir 2: The Classics (2008) — Editor; Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
Hell to Pay/Right as Rain (2002) 19 exemplares
The Deuce: The Complete First Season [2017 TV Series] (2017) — Creator — 11 exemplares
The Deuce: The Complete Second Season [2017 TV Series] (2018) — Creator — 3 exemplares
Prisoners (2019) 2 exemplares
Lo que fue (2013) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Hardly Knew Her (2008) — Introdução — 281 exemplares
True Confessions (1977) — Introdução, algumas edições262 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
The Wire: Season 1 (2004) — Writer, algumas edições117 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories 1997 (1997) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series (2013) — Contribuidor — 83 exemplares
OxCrimes (2014) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Murder at the Foul Line (1911) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Crime Stories (2007) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing (2012) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Ink and Daggers (2023) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Downtown Silver Spring (2010) — Prefácio — 4 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



BooksInMirror | 14 outras críticas | Feb 19, 2024 |
I think I expected something more literary, so I was disappointed by the stock characters and all the paragraphs full of boring (to me) details. Honestly, why name every street Spero takes to get from location to location? Does anyone doubt that you know the names of streets in Washington, Mr. Pelecanos? And why name every brand of every piece of clothing worn? Why name every musician Spero listens to? All of this came off as so much name dropping to me, as clunky as a paid product placement. If you took out all of these annoying, pointless details the book would've been a lot shorter and probably better.

The mystery itself wasn't bad. It surrounded a supposedly non-violent marijuana dealer who wanted Spero Lucas, a late-twenties war vet and unlicensed investigator, to track down some lost packages. During his investigation, which he conducts largely by iPhone (as we're told again and again--why not just say phone?), Spero exercises a lot, hangs out with other veterans, and beds beautiful women in a decent but emotionally empty way.

I liked the stuff about Spero being adopted by a Greek couple and being raised Greek along with other adopted siblings. The scenes with Spero and his family actually explored some interesting relationships and had a little character development. For the most part, though, Spero is your typical mass market hero: tough, troubled, and the only female characters in his world are his mother and the hot women he sleeps with.
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LibrarianDest | 39 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
postsign | 30 outras críticas | Dec 28, 2023 |
By now, I think, I've read George Pelecanos' entire oeuvre, as well as admired the episodes of "The Wire" he scripted. Here is another author who is one of those rare examples in our hypersaturated culture of excessive praise (which is mostly, I think, marketing copy disguised as criticism) who actually has earned and therefore richly deserves every word issued in accolade of him. This book, however, strikes me as a major advance and departure for this already seriously talented writer: in terms of characterization (particularly) and dialogue, this book, of any "crime fiction" or "thriller" novel, transcends the limitations of its genre and earns its place as a work of art. When I came to the end of this satisfying story, I found an unexpected benefit: it makes the loss of Elmore Leonard, for me, much easier to bear.… (mais)
Mark_Feltskog | 39 outras críticas | Dec 23, 2023 |



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