Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Author Du Jour: George Pelecanos

(Stolen whole from dude's official website)
George Pelecanos was born in Washington, D.C. in 1957. He worked as a line cook, dishwasher, bartender, and woman's shoe salesman before publishing his first novel in 1992.
Pelecanos is the author of fourteen crime novels set in and around Washington, D.C.: A Firing Offense, Nick's Trip, Shoedog, Down By the River Where the Dead Men Go, The Big Blowdown, King Suckerman, The Sweet Forever, Shame the Devil, Right as Rain, Hell to Pay, Soul Circus, Hard Revolution, Drama City, and The Night Gardener. He has been the recipient of 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. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire and the collections Unusual Suspects, Best American Mystery Stories of 1997, Measures of Poison, Best American Mystery Stories of 2002, Men From Boys, Murder at the Foul Line, and D.C. Noir, for which he also served as editor. He is an award-winning essayist who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, Sight and Sound, Uncut, Mojo, and numerous other publications. Esquire magazine called Pelecanos "the poet laureate of the D.C. crime world."
Pelecanos served as producer on the feature films Caught (Robert M. Young, 1996), Whatever (Susan Skoog, 1998) and BlackMale (George and Mike Baluzy, 1999), and was the U.S. distributor of John Woo's cult classic, The Killer and Richard Bugajski's Interrogation. Most recently, he was a producer, writer, and story editor for the acclaimed HBO dramatic series, The Wire, winner of the Peabody Award and the AFI Award. He was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on that show. 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.

(Thanks, Wikipedia)
* Shoedog (1994)
* Drama City (2005)
* The Night Gardener (2006)
* The Turnaround (2008)
Nick Stefanos Series
* A Firing Offense (1992)
* Nick's Trip (1993)
* Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go (1995)
* Stefanos Novels: Down By The River, A Firing Offence, Nick's Trip (2002)
D.C. Quartet Series
* The Big Blowdown (1996)
* King Suckerman (1997)
* The Sweet Forever (1998)
* Shame the Devil (2000)
Derek Strange and Terry Quinn Series
* Right as Rain (2001)
* Hell to Pay (2002)
* Soul Circus (2003)
* Hard Revolution (2004)
* Right as Rain, Hell to Pay, Soul Circus (omnibus) (2005)

Assorted Links:
G. Pelecanos' official website
Excerpt from The Night Gardener
Excerpt from Hell To Pay
Excerpt from Right as Rain
Interview with IdentityTheory.com

Lastly, G.P. on the Chatshow couch with an idiot of an interviewer.