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Pelecanos, George P.

Works: 259 works in 1,297 publications in 18 languages and 47,111 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Drama  Suspense fiction  Television cop shows  Television programs  Psychological fiction  Television series  Detective and mystery television programs  War television programs 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Producer, Editor, Commentator, Scenarist
Classifications: PS3566.E354, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about George P Pelecanos
Most widely held works by George P Pelecanos
The night gardener : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

70 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 13 languages and held by 2,761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1985, the body of a 14-year-old girl turns up in a Washington, D.C., park, the latest in a series of murders by a killer the media dub "The Night Gardener." T.C. Cook, the aging detective on the case, works with a quiet, almost monomaniacal, focus. Also involved are two young uniformed cops, Gus Ramone, who's diligent, conscientious and unimpressed by heroics, and Dan "Doc" Holiday, an adrenaline junkie who's decidedly less straight. Fast forward 20 years. Detective Ramone, now married with kids of his own, investigates the murder of one of his teenage son's friends. The homicide closely resembles the earlier unsolved Night Gardener murders. Holiday, now an alcoholic chauffeur and bodyguard, follows the case on his own and tracks down Cook, long retired but still obsessed with the original murders. While the three work together toward a suspenseful ending, Pelecanos emphasizes the fallacy of "solving" a murder and explores the ripple effects of violent crime on society
The cut : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

42 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After returning home from serving in Iraq, Spero Lucas makes a living doing special investigations for a defense attorney and catches the attention of a high-profile crime boss who offers Lucas a high paying job he can't refuse
Hell to pay : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

65 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in 11 languages and held by 2,178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hired to find a fourteen-year-old girl who has run away from home and started working as a prostitute, Derek Strange and Terry Quinn are forced to confront a dangerous adversary in pimp Worldwide Wilson
The turnaround : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

37 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirty-five years after a devastating accident that irrevocably shapes the lives of six people, a pair of redemption-seeking survivors reaches out to one another in an effort that is compromised by a fellow survivor's release from prison
Soul circus : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

54 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 2,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the midst of a brutal courtroom battle during which a Washington, D.C. crime overlord faces the death penalty and his rivals vie for his territory, private investigator Derek Strange struggles to protect the life of a witness
Hard revolution : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

57 editions published between 1978 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 2,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two brothers--rookie police officer Derek Strange, and his older brother, Dennis, a troubled Vietnam Veteran--become caught up in the riots engulfing Washington, D.C., in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr
Right as rain : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

66 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in 13 languages and held by 1,942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a mother's request, Derek Strange investigates the killing of one police officer by another in "the D.C. underworld, where police officers and criminals operate by their own secret laws, and where human life is sometimes of less consequence than cash, drugs, and other forms of currency."--Jacket
The double : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

26 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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: finding what's missing, and doing it quietly. But Grace wants more. She wants Lucas to find the man who humiliated her--a violent career criminal with a small gang of brutal thugs at his beck and call. Lucas is a man who knows how to get what he wants, whether it's a thief on the run--or a married woman. In the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can't last, in pursuit of a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he is--and how far he'll go to get what he wants"-
The way home : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

24 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Flynn's rocky relationship with his son Chris, who spent time in a juvenile prison a decade ago, is finally moving away from distrust and scorn. When a burglary breaks their uneasy détente, will Chris be pulled back into treachery and violence?
Drama city : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

49 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 1,691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lorenzo Brown loves his work. In his job as an officer for the Humane Society, he cruises the city streets, looking for dogs that are being mistreated - underfed, unclean, trained to kill. He takes pride in making their lives better. And that pride helps Lorenzo resist the pull of easier money doing the kind of work that got him a recent prison bid." "Rachel Lopez loves her work, too. By day she is a parole officer, helping people - Lorenzo Brown among them - along a path to responsibility and advancement. At night she heads for the city's hotel bars, where she can always find a man who will let her act out her damage. She loses herself in sex and drink and more." "But Rachel's nights are taking a toll on her days. Lorenzo knows the signs. The trouble is, he truly needs her right now. There's an eruption coming in the streets he left behind, the kind of territorial war that takes down everyone even near it. Lorenzo needs every shred of support he can get to keep from being sucked back into that battleground. He reaches out to Rachel - but she may be too far gone to help either of them."--BOOK JACKET
The Pacific by Jeremy Podeswa( Visual )

8 editions published in 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The extraordinary experiences of three men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day
The wire( Visual )

21 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 1,459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows a single sprawling drug and murder investigation in Baltimore. Told from the point of view of both the police and their targets, where easy distinctions between good and evil are challenged at every turn
Treme by Anthony Hemingway( Visual )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"La Nouvelle-Orléans. Musiciens, chefs-cuisiniers, Indiens de Mardi Gras et autres habitants de la ville tentent de reconstruire leur vie après le passage de l'ouragan Katrina. Dans cette ville en ruine, ces gens ordianires se retrouvent et s'accrochent pour construire leur avenir et celui de leur ville dévastée. Les créateurs de la série The wire (Sur écoute) nous offrent une série sur l'adversité et l'esprit humain, à la Nouvelle-Orléans, à la suite de la plus grande catastrophe humaine dans l'histoire américaine." (Source : jaquette)
Shame the devil : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

47 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man falling apart after his young son is shot during a robbery in Washington gets a new lease on life when the robber returns to the city. Tipped off by a PI, Dimitri Karras sets out to avenge his son
What it was : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

28 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as a private investigator. His former partner, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn's turf, where a local drug addict's been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well. Red Fury doesn't have a retirement plan, as Vaughn points out - he doesn't care who he has to cross, or kill, to get what he wants. As the violence escalates and the stakes get higher, Strange and Vaughn know the only way to catch their man is to do it their own way. Rich with details of place and time - the cars, the music, the clothes - and fueled by non-stop action, this is Pelecanos writing in the hard-boiled noir style that won him his earliest fans and placed him firmly in the ranks of the top crime writers in America"--
The wire by Sonja Sohn( Visual )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows a single sprawling drug investigation in Baltimore, against the backdrop of the mayor's reelection campaign. Told from the point of view of both the police and their targets, where easy distinctions between good and evil are challenged at every turn
The martini shot : a novella and stories by George P Pelecanos( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Short stories and a novella from one of crime fiction's most revered writers. Whether they're cops or conmen, savage killers or creative types, gangsters or God-fearing citizens, George Pelecanos' characters are always engaged in a fight for their lives. They fight to advance or simply to survive; they fight against odds, against enemies, even against themselves. In this, his first collection of stories, the acclaimed novelist introduces readers to a vivid and eclectic cast of combatants. A seasoned claims investigator tracks a supposedly dead man from Miami to Brazil, only to be thrown off his game by a kid from the local slum. An aging loser takes a last stab at respectability by becoming a police informant. A Greek-American couple adopts an interracial trio of sons and then struggles to keep their family together, giving us a stirring bit of background on one of Pelecanos' most beloved protagonists, Spero Lucas. In the title novella - which takes its name from Hollywood slang for the last shot of the day, the one that comes before the liquor shots begin - we go behind the scenes of a television cop show, where a writer gets caught up in a drama more real than anything he could have conjured for a script. By turns heartbreaking and humane, brutal and funny, these finely constructed tales expose the violence and striving beneath the surface of any city and within any human heart. Tough, sexy, fast-paced, and crackling with energy, The Martini Shot is Pelecanos at his very best"--
The cut : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Recording )

32 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spero Lucas works for a defense attorney conducting special investigations after returning home from serving in Iraq. His specialty is recovering stolen property, no questions asked, for a forty percent cut. He finds himself questioning his specialty when he is hired by a high-profile crime boss to discover who is stealing from his operation and finds himself in an amoral and violent world that leaves him reeling
The wire by David Simon( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"McNutty has been demoted to harbor patrol. Daniels is in the police-archive dungeon, Prez is chafing in the suburbs, and Greggs is stuck behind a desk. Meanwhile, on the docks of Baltimore harbor, the rank and fire scrounge for work and the union bosses take illegitimate measures to reinvigorate business, but a horrific discovery is about to blow the whole port inside out. While the detail is on ice, a new case begins"--Container
The sweet forever : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

29 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A drug war breaks out in Washington involving gangs and crooked policemen. The action is seen through the eyes of Marcus Clay and Dimitri Karras, owners of a record store in the black ghetto
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Alternative Names
George P. Pelecanos scrittore statunitense

George P. Pelecanos US-amerikanischer Journalist, Kriminalschriftsteller, Drehbuchautor und Produzent

George Pelecanos Amerikaans schrijver

George Pelecanos amerikansk forfatter

George Pelecanos écrivain américain

Pelecanos , George

Pelecanos, George 1957-

Pelekanos, Dzordz 1957-

Τζωρτζ Πελεκάνος Αμερικανός συγγραφέας

Джордж Пелеканус

פלקונס, ג׳ורג׳ פ׳

جورج پیکانوس

펠레카노스, 조지


ペレケーノス, ジョージ・P

The cut : a novelHell to pay : a novelThe turnaround : a novelSoul circus : a novelHard revolution : a novelRight as rain : a novelThe way home : a novelDrama city : a novel