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George Pelecanos is American author of detective fiction novels set in Washington D.C. Additionally; he is also a television writer and producer and worked as a writer on Treme and HBO series The Wire. He was born on 18th February 1957 in Washington D.C.

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Order of Nick Stefanos Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 A Firing Offense 1992 Description / Buy
2 Nick's Trip 1993 Description / Buy
3 Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go 1995 Description / Buy

Order of D.C. Quartet Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Big Blowdown 1996 Description / Buy
2 King Suckerman 1997 Description / Buy
3 The Sweet Forever 1998 Description / Buy
4 Shame the Devil 2000 Description / Buy

Order of Derek Strange & Terry Quinn Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Right as Rain 2001 Description / Buy
2 Hell to Pay 2002 Description / Buy
3 Soul Circus 2003 Description / Buy
4 Hard Revolution 2004 Description / Buy
5 What It Was 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Spero Lucas Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Cut 2011 Description / Buy
2 The Double 2013 Description / Buy

Order of George Pelecanos Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Shoedog 1994 Description / Buy
2 Drama City 2005 Description / Buy
3 The Night Gardener 2006 Description / Buy
4 The Turnaround 2008 Description / Buy
5 The Way Home 2009 Description / Buy
6 The Man Who Came Uptown 2018 Description / Buy

Order of George Pelecanos Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Dead Their Eyes Implore Us (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of George Pelecanos Short Story Collections

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1 The Martini Shot 2015 Description / Buy
2 Owning Up 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Akashic Noir Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Seattle Noir ( By: Lou Kemp, Robert Lopresti, Simon Wood, Kathleen Alcalá, G.M. Ford, Brian Thornton, R. Barri Flowers, Bharti Kirchner, Curt Colbert, Paul S. Piper, Stephan Magcosta, Thomas P. Hopp, Patricia Harrington, Skye Kathleen Moody) 2003 Description / Buy
2 Brooklyn Noir ( By: Adam Mansbach, Ken Bruen, Pete Hamill, Sidney Offit, Chris Niles, Maggie Estep, Tim McLoughlin, Nicole Blackman, Nelson George, Arthur Nersesian, Pearl Abraham, C.J. Sullivan, Ellen Miller, Norman W. Kelley) 2004 Description / Buy
3 D.C. Noir ( With: Jennifer Howard) 2005 Description / Buy
4 Chicago Noir ( By: Neal Pollack) 2005 Description / Buy
5 Miami Noir ( By: Les Standiford) 2006 Description / Buy
6 Manhattan Noir ( By: Lawrence Block) 2006 Description / Buy
7 Baltimore Noir ( By: Laura Lippman) 2006 Description / Buy
8 London Noir ( By: Martyn Waites, Jerry Sykes, Ken Bruen, Desmond Barry, Patrick McCabe, John Williams, Michael Ward, Stewart Home, Cathi Unsworth, Mark Pilkington, Joolz Denby, Daniel Bennett, Ken Hollings, Barry Adamson, Sylvie Simmons, Max Décharné, Joe McNally) 2006 Description / Buy
9 New Orleans Noir ( By: Laura Lippman, Thomas Adcock, Julie Smith, Ace Atkins, Barbara Hambly, Patty Friedmann, David Fulmer, Jervey Tervalon, Greg Herren, Kalamu ya Salaam, Tim McLoughlin, James Nolan) 2007 Description / Buy
10 New Orleans Noir ( By: Julie Smith) 2007 Description / Buy
11 Los Angeles Noir ( By: Denise Hamilton) 2007 Description / Buy
12 Wall Street Noir ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman, John Burdett, Charles Ardai, Jim Fusilli, Peter Spiegelman, Twist Phelan, Jason Starr, Peter Blauner, Mark Haskell Smith, Tim Broderick, Henry Blodget, Larry Light, James Hime, Lauren Sanders) 2007 Description / Buy
13 Havana Noir ( By: Achy Obejas) 2007 Description / Buy
14 Detroit Noir ( By: P.J. Parrish, Loren D. Estleman, Joyce Carol Oates, Megan Abbott, Nisi Shawl, John C. Hocking, Craig Holden, Desiree Cooper, Peter Markus, E.J. Olsen) 2007 Description / Buy
15 Brooklyn Noir 3: Nothing But the Truth ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman, Thomas Adcock, Robert Leuci, Robert Knightly, Tim McLoughlin, C.J. Sullivan, Christopher Musella, Kim Sykes, Jess Korman, Constance Casey, Rosemarie Yu, Dennis Hawkins, Errol Louis, Denise Buffa, Patricia Mulcahy, Aileen Gallagher) 2008 Description / Buy
16 Toronto Noir ( By: Janine Armin, Nathaniel G. Moore) 2008 Description / Buy
17 Manhattan Noir 2: The Classics ( By: Lawrence Block) 2008 Description / Buy
18 Paris Noir ( By: Dominique Mainard, Didier Daeninckx, Aurélien Masson, Marc Villard, Patrick Pécherot, Chantal Pelletier, Jean-Bernard Pouy, Salim Bachi, Christophe Mercier, Jérôme Leroy, DOA, Laurent Martin, Hervé Prudon) 2008 Description / Buy
19 Istanbul Noir ( By: Amy Spangler, Mustafa Ziyalan, Jessica J.J. Lutz, Mehmet Bilâl Dede) 2008 Description / Buy
20 San Francisco Noir 2 ( By: Joe Gores, Dashiell Hammett, Bill Pronzini, Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Janet Dawson, Fletcher Flora, Frank Norris, Craig Clevenger, Peter Maravelis, Oscar Peñaranda, Seth Morgan) 2009 Description / Buy
21 Rome Noir ( By: Carlo Lucarelli, Maxim Jakubowski, Francesca Mazzucato, Diego De Silva, Gianrico Carofiglio, Marcello Fois, Antonio Scurati, Chiara Stangalino, Evelina Santangelo, Nicola Lagioia, Tommaso Pincio, Antonio Pascale, Nicoletta Vallorani, Giuseppe Genna, C.D. Formetta, Enrico Franceschini, Boosta) 2009 Description / Buy
22 Delhi Noir ( By: Hirsh Sawhney) 2009 Description / Buy
23 Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics ( By: Joseph Hansen, Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, Ross Macdonald, Margaret Millar, James M. Cain, Walter Mosley, William Campbell Gault, Leigh Brackett, Naomi Hirahara, Chester Himes, Jervey Tervalon, Paul Cain, Denise Hamilton, Yxta Maya Murray, Kate Braverman) 2010 Description / Buy
24 Moscow Noir ( By: Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Irina Denezhkina, Natalia Smirnova, Julia Goumen, Anna Starobinets, Vyacheslav Kuritsyn, Andrei Khusnutdinov, Alexander Anuchkin, Vladimir Tuchkov, Igor Zotov, Gleb Shulpyakov, Maxim Maximov, Sergei Samsonov, Dmitry Kosyrev, Alexei Evdokimov, Sergei Kuznetsov) 2010 Description / Buy
25 Mexico City Noir ( By: ) 2010 Description / Buy
26 Orange County Noir ( By: T. Jefferson Parker, Dick Lochte, Gary Phillips, Robert S. Levinson, Patricia McFall, Susan Straight, Robert Ward, Gordon McAlpine, Nathan Walpow, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett) 2010 Description / Buy
27 Indian Country Noir ( By: Lawrence Block, Reed Farrel Coleman, O'Neil De Noux, Gerard Houarner, Richie Narvaez, Joseph Bruchac, Melissa Yi, Liz Martínez, Sarah Cortez, Kimberly Roppolo, Leonard Schonberg, Mistina Bates, Jean Rae Baxter, A.A. Hedge Coke) 2010 Description / Buy
28 Lone Star Noir ( By: Joe R. Lansdale, James Crumley, Luis Alberto Urrea, Bobby Byrd, Milton T. Burton, Lisa Sandlin) 2010 Description / Buy
29 Philadelphia Noir ( By: Duane Swierczynski, Halimah Marcus, Solomon Jones, Dennis Tafoya, Asali Solomon, Keith Gilman, Carlin Romano) 2010 Description / Buy
30 Haiti Noir ( By: Edwidge Danticat, Mark Kurlansky, Marie Lily Cerat, Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Marvin Victor, Katia D. Ulysse, Ibi Zoboi, Nadine Pinede, Yanick Lahens, Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, Rodney Saint-Éloi, Patrick Sylvain, M.J. Fievre, Gary Victor, Kettly Mars, Evelyne Trouillot, Madison Smartt Bell, Josaphat-Robert Large) 2010 Description / Buy
31 Copenhagen Noir ( By: Bo Tao Michaëlis) 2010 Description / Buy
32 Pittsburgh Noir ( By: Kathleen George) 2011 Description / Buy
33 San Diego Noir ( By: Maryelizabeth Hart) 2011 Description / Buy
34 Barcelona Noir ( By: Achy Obejas, Carmen Ospina) 2011 Description / Buy
35 Cape Cod Noir ( By: David L. Ulin) 2011 Description / Buy
36 Venice Noir ( By: Peter James, Maxim Jakubowski, Emily St. John Mandel, Mary Hoffman, Barbara Baraldi, Mike Hodges, Maria Tronca, Matteo Righetto, Tony Cartano, Francesco Ferracin) 2012 Description / Buy
37 Mumbai Noir ( By: Altaf Tyrewala) 2012 Description / Buy
38 St. Petersburg Noir ( By: Pavel Krusanov, Natalia Smirnova, Julia Goumen, Andrei Kivinov, Sergei Nosov, Vadim Levental, Alexander Kudriavtsev, Natalia Kurchatova, Ksenia Venglinskaya, Lena Eltang, Andrei Rubanov, Anna Solovey, Julia Belomllinsky, Anton Chizh, Mikhail Lialin, Eugene Kogan, Vladimir Berezin) 2012 Description / Buy
39 Kansas City Noir ( By: Linda Rodriguez) 2012 Description / Buy
40 Boston Noir 2 ( By: Robert B. Parker, Dennis Lehane, Joyce Carol Oates, Linda Barnes, Andre Dubus, David Wallace, Andre Dubus III, Jaime Clarke, Mary Cotton, David Ryan, Kenneth Abel, Barbara Neely, Hannah Tinti, Jason Brown, Chuck Hogan, George Harrar, George V. Higgins) 2012 Description / Buy
41 Manila Noir ( By: Gina Apostol, Eric Gamalinda, Sabina Murray, Budjette Tan, Kajo Baldisimo, Jessica Hagedorn, Lourd Ernest H. de Veyra, Angelo R. Lacuesta, F.H. Batacan, José Y. Dalisay Jr., R. Zamora Linmark, Marianne Villanueva, Jonas Vitman, Lysley Tenorio, Rosario Cruz-Lucero) 2013 Description / Buy
42 Haiti Noir 2 ( By: Edwidge Danticat) 2013 Description / Buy
43 Buffalo Noir ( By: Ed Park, Brigid Hughes) 2013 Description / Buy
44 Dallas Noir ( By: Harry Hunsicker, Ben Fountain, David Haynes, Kathleen Kent, James Hime, Lauren Davis, Matt Bondurant, Clay Reynolds, Merritt Tierce, Daniel J. Hale, Emma Rathbone) 2013 Description / Buy
45 Marseille Noir ( By: Salim Hatubou, Christian Garcin, Cédric Fabre, François Thomazeau, Patrick Coulomb, René Frégni, Marie Neuser, Emmanuel Loi, Rebecca Lighieri, François Beaune, Philippe Carrese, Pia Petersen, Serge Scotto, Minna Sif) 2014 Description / Buy
46 Tel Aviv Noir ( By: Etgar Keret) 2014 Description / Buy
47 Helsinki Noir ( By: James Thompson, Pekka Hiltunen) 2014 Description / Buy
48 Prison Noir ( By: Joyce Carol Oates) 2014 Description / Buy
49 Tehran Noir ( By: Vali Khalili, Salar Abdoh, Gina B. Nahai) 2014 Description / Buy
50 Belfast Noir ( By: Lee Child, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Brian McGilloway, Stuart Neville, Ian McDonald, Steve Cavanagh, Adrian McKinty, Claire McGowan, Sam Millar, Garbhan Downey, Eoin McNamee, Arlene Hunt, Alex Barclay, Ludy Caldwell, Gerard Brennan, Glenn Patterson) 2014 Description / Buy
51 Zagreb Noir ( By: Darko Macan, Josip Novakovich, Robert Periši?, Mima Simi?, Neven Ušumovi?, Nada Gaši?, Ivan Sršen, Ivan Vidi?, Ružica Gašperov, Pero Kvesi?, Zoran Pili?, Andrea Žigi?-Dolenec, Darko Miloši?, Nora Verde) 2014 Description / Buy
52 Brussels Noir ( By: Michel Dufranne) 2015 Description / Buy
53 Providence Noir ( By: Amity Gaige, Ann Hood, Bruce DeSilva, Luanne Rice, Dawn Raffel, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, John Searles, Thomas Cobb, LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Taylor M. Polites, Hester Kaplan, Robert Leuci, Peter Farrelly, Pablo Rodríguez) 2015 Description / Buy
54 Beirut Noir ( By: Najwa Barakat, Rawi Hage, Abbas Beydoun, Mazen Maarouf, Iman Humaydan, Zena el Khalil, Muhammad Abi Samra, Leila Eid, Hala Kawtharani, Marie Tawk, Bana Baydoun, Hyam Yared, Alawiyeh Sobh, Mazen Zahreddine, Bachir Hilal, Tarek Abi Samra) 2015 Description / Buy
55 Memphis Noir ( By: Laureen P. Cantwell, Leonard Gill, Richard J. Alley, David Wesley Williams) 2015 Description / Buy
56 New Orleans Noir ( By: Julie Smith) 2016 Description / Buy
57 Stockholm Noir ( By: Inger Frimansson, Ake Edwardson, Johan Theorin, Nathan Larson, Carl-Michael Edenborg, Martin Holmén, Anna-Karin Selberg, Lina Wolff, Unni Drougge, Inger Edelfeldt, Torbjörn Elensky, Carl Johan De Geer, Malte Persson) 2016 Description / Buy
58 Prague Noir ( By: Ond?ej Neff, Kate?ina Tu?ková, Martin Goffa, Pavel Mandys, Miloš Urban, Št?pán Kop?iva, Petr Šabach, Ji?í W. Procházka, Chaim Cigan, Petr Stan?ík, Markéta Pilátová, Michal Sýkora, Michaela Klevisová, Petra Soukupová, Irena Hejdová) 2016 Description / Buy
59 San Juan Noir ( By: Charlie Vázquez, Mayra Santos-Febres, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Luis Negrón, Janette Becerra, Tere Davila, Manolo Núñez Negrón, Ana María Fuster Lavín, Wilfredo J. Burgos Matos, Manuel A. Meléndez, Alejandro Álvarez Nieves, Ernesto Quiñonez, José Rabelo, Edmaris Carazo) 2016 Description / Buy
60 Trinidad Noir: The Classics ( By: V.S. Naipaul, Michael Anthony, Derek Walcott, Robert Antoni, C.L.R. James, Lawrence Scott, Shani Mootoo, Elizabeth Nunez, Barbara Jenkins, Willi Chen, Ismith Khan, Wayne Brown, Samuel Selvon, Eric Roach, Harold Sonny Ladoo, Jennifer Rahim, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, Sharon Millar) 2017 Description / Buy
61 Atlanta Noir ( By: Tananarive Due, Jim Grimsley, Brandon Massey, Tayari Jones, Jennifer Harlow, Daniel Black) 2017 Description / Buy
62 Montana Noir ( By: James Grady) 2017 Description / Buy
63 Buenos Aires Noir ( By: ) 2017 Description / Buy
64 Montreal Noir ( By: John McFetridge) 2017 Description / Buy
65 Berlin Noir ( By: Thomas Wörtche, Matthias Wittekindt, Max Annas, Lucy Jones, Miron Zownir, Zoë Beck, Rob Alef, Katja Bohnet, Ute Cohen, Johannes Groschupf, Kai Hensel, Robert Rescue, Susanne Saygin, Ulrich Woelk, Michael Wuliger) 2018 Description / Buy
66 São Paulo Noir ( By: Tony Bellotto) 2018 Description / Buy
67 Baghdad Noir ( By: Salar Abdoh, Muhsin Al-Ramli, Ahmed Saadawi, Roy Scranton, Samuel Shimon, Sinan Antoon, Nassif Falak, Hadia Said, Salima Salih, Hayet Raies, Mohammed Alwan Jabr, Dheya al-Khalidi, Hussain Al-Mozany, Ali Bader, Layla Qasrany, ???? ??????) 2018 Description / Buy
68 Marrakech Noir ( By: Yassin Adnan, Mahi Binebine, Abdelkader Benali, Fouad Laroui, Allal Bourqia, Fatiha Morchid, Taha Adnan, Mohamed Zouhair, Lahcen Bakour, Halima Zine El Abidine, Hanane Derkaoui, My Seddik Rabbaj, Mohamed Nedali, Mohamed Achaari, Karima Nadir) 2018 Description / Buy
69 Lagos Noir ( By: Chris Abani (ed)) 2018 Description / Buy
70 Vancouver Noir ( By: R.M. Greenaway) 2018 Description / Buy
71 Hong Kong Noir ( By: Marshall Moore, Xu Xi, Susan Blumberg- Kason, Jason Y. Ng, Ysabelle Cheung, Shannon Young, Brittani Sonnenberg, Tiffany Hawk, James Tam, Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang, Christina Liang, Feng Chi-Shun, Charles Philipp Martin, Shen Jian, Carmen Suen) 2018 Description / Buy
72 Amsterdam Noir ( By: Herman Koch, René Appel, Josh Pachter, Theo Capel, Hanna Bervoets, Michael Berg, Anneloes Timmerije, Murat Isik, Karin Amatmoekrim, Christine Otten, Mensje van Keulen, Max van Olden, Loes den Hollander, Abdelkader Benali, Walter van den Berg, Simon de Waal) 2019 Description / Buy
73 Houston Noir ( By: Gwendolyn Zepeda) 2019 Description / Buy
74 Columbus Noir ( By: Andrew Welsh-Huggins) 2020 Description / Buy
75 Santa Fe Noir ( By: Ariel Gore) 2020 Description / Buy
76 Alabama Noir ( By: Don Noble) 2020 Description / Buy
77 Tampa Bay Noir ( By: Colette Bancroft) 2020 Description / Buy
78 Addis Ababa Noir ( By: Maaza Mengiste) 2020 Description / Buy
79 Miami Noir ( By: Les Standiford) 2020 Description / Buy

George Pelecanos Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Measures of Poison 2002 Description / Buy
2 D.C. Noir 2005 Description / Buy
3 D.C. Noir 2 2008 Description / Buy
4 The Best American Mystery Stories 2008 2008 Description / Buy
5 USA Noir 2013 Description / Buy
6 The Highway Kind 2016 Description / Buy
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Pelecanos first novels were written in first person perspective of Nick Stefano’s, a Greek D.C. resident and a part-time private investigator. After his first four first person narrated novels (Shoedog, A Firing Offense, Down by the River Where Dead Men Go, and Nick’s Trip), George Pelecanos changed his narrative styling and also expanded the scope of his writing. After switching to third person perspective, the author relegated the lead/narrator of his first four books into a supporting character and went ahead to introduce Marcus Clay and Dimitri Karras.

The Big Blowdown was published in 1950’s before Clay and Karras’s characters were introduced. The book follows the lives of people in Washington D.C. tracking down the changes and challenges the 2nd half of the 20th century presented. The fans favorite, King Suckerman published in 1970’s typically uses the sport as a symbol of corporation amongst races thus suggesting that the dynamism of the D.C. people is as a result of goodwill generated by multi-ethnic sports.

In 2001, the author brought in a new team of private investigators, Terry Quinn and Derek Strange who are the lead characters of Right as Rain. These protagonists have also featured in Hell to Pay and Soul Circus. Hard Revolution was published in 2004 and features Derek Strange during his life in the early days in the D.C. police force. Drama City and The Night Gardener were published in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

GEORGE PELECANOS AWARDS

George Pelecanos novels have won and also been nominated for various awards. Drama City was a nominee for 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award. On the other hand, Hell to Pay won the 2002 L.A Times Book Prize for best Mystery/Thriller book. The Turnaround won 2008 Hammett Award for the best category novel.

King Suckerman was listed in 1997 Publishers Weekly, and Booklist starred reviews. Shame the Devil was nominated for 2000 L.A Times Book Prize under best mystery novel category.

BEST GEORGE PELECANOS BOOKS

These are two best books by George Pelecanos, The Big Blowdown (1996) and Hell to Pay (2002).

The Big Blowdown: It is the year 1946, and the easiest way for two local men, Joey Recevo and Pete Karras to find work after the Great War is to offer extra muscles for a local boss who operates a protection scheme with the mafia. The problem with Pete is that he is way too soft on the immigrants and the last thing that their boss wants is a soft man in his mob. Therefore the boys teach Pete a painful lesson that he won’t forget. Three years later, Joey and Pete meet once again, and a final confrontation puts their friendship to an ultimate test.

In this novel, the author George Pelecanos paints a clear picture of the life in DC, with the two vets, the two friends serve as the main character taking them from their teenage years to their thirties. The crime elements in The Big Blowdown are more pronounced than in the author’s previous Nick Stefano’s trilogy. Pete is a conflicted character, and he is not sure on how to act with his family or even his mistress. All in all, the plot development and characters, and character interaction are some of the aspects that you will love most about this book.

Hell to Pay: Hell to Pay is the in the darkest downtown Washington and begins with Strange and Quinn dealing with the normal scraps of the world violent city- a missing girl- now a hooker and a crooked cop and a senseless death on one sunny noon shake Strange’s existence. A fatal accidents strike next to home and a victim is shot by bullets intended for another.

Strange finds all the grief too consuming and vows to track down and finish the killers in a ghetto style. But as he digs investigates deeper and deeper he uncovers questions about himself and the world he lives in, questions that he would rather not ask anyone not even himself.

Hell to Pay is another addictive George Pelecanos novel that deepens the universe that the author created in Right as Rain. The author’s language is never simple or plain, it full of proper nouns and descriptive adjectives to ensure that each aspect presented in the novel is well explained.

When Does The Next George Pelecanos book come out?

George Pelecanos doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Owning Up and was released on February, 6th 2024. It is the newest book in the George Pelecanos Short Story Collections.

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