George P. Pelecanos has already established himself as the new master of noir crime fiction with ten outstanding novels to his credit. His latest, HELL TO PAY, marks the return of the Derek Strange/Terry Quinn team that grabbed readers attention in his preceeding bestseller, RIGHT AS RAIN. Pelecanos relates to the dark and seamy side of Washington, DC the way that Michael Connolly and Dennis Lehane look at Los Angeles and Boston --- staring at the underbelly and giving it a voice and a story.
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Pelecanos has written ten crime/noir novels.
His next book, which will be published in 2003 will be called Soul Circus and will feature Derek Strange, Terry Quinn and one of his older characters, Nick Stefanos.
Pelecanos listens to jazz and film soundtracks when he writes.
He just completed a screenplay for HBO Films about a team in the American Basketball Association called THE SPIRITS OF ST LOUIS.
He was the U.S. distributor of John Woo's cult classic, The Killer
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George P. Pelecanos, the author of ten crime/noir novels, was born in Washington, D.C.
in 1957. He served as a producer on the feature films Caught (1996), Whatever
(1998) and Blackmale (1999). He was the U.S. distributer of John Woo's cult
classic, The Killer. As a screenwriter, he has written an adaptation of King
Suckerman for Dimension Films, and was a co-writer on the recently completed feature Paid
in Full. He has completed a script based on a team in the American Basketball
Association, The Spirits of St. Louis, for HBO Films.
Pelecanos spent years developing his writing talent and gathering his material from
hard work and life in Washington D.C. He was employed as a line cook, dishwasher,
bartender, shoe salesman, electronics salesman, and a construction worker-all before
publishing his first novel, A Firing Offense in 1992. His other books since then
include Nick's Trip (1993), Shoedog (1994), Down by the River Where the
Dead Men Go (1995), The Big Blowdown (1996), King Suckerman (1997), The
Sweet Forever (1998), Shame the Devil (2000), Right As Rain (2001) and Hell
To Pay (2002).
The Big Blowdown was the recipient of the International Crime Novel of the Year
award in France, Germany and Japan. Pelecanos' short fiction has appeared in Esquire,
the collections Unusual Suspects and Best American Mystery Stories of 1997. He is an
award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in GQ, Washingtonian, The
Washington Post, and numerous other publications. He currently lives in Silver Spring,
Maryland with his wife and three children.
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