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Pelecanos, George P.

Works: 230 works in 1,143 publications in 18 languages and 47,394 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Television cop shows  Television programs  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery television programs  Detective and mystery fiction  War television programs  Television mini-series  Domestic fiction 
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 )

61 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 12 languages and held by 2,868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the body of a local teenager turns up in a community garden, veteran homicide detective Gus Ramone teams up with T.C. Cook, a legendary, now retired detective, and Dan "Doc" Holiday, his former partner who left the force under a cloud of suspicion
Hell to pay : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

63 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in 11 languages and held by 2,308 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 )

35 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three teens drive into an unfamiliar neighbourhood, six lives change, and thirty-five years later, two survivors seek salvation while a third seeks retribution
The cut : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

38 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,217 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
Soul circus : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

54 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 2,207 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 )

53 editions published between 1978 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 2,162 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 )

64 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in 13 languages and held by 2,048 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
Drama city : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

46 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 1,803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lorenzo Brown is fresh out of the clink. The former drug enforcer has vowed to go straight and found himself a job as an officer for the Humane Society. He patrols downtown DC looking for ill-treated pets - but in the course of his day repeatedly comes face-to-face with his old life. Rachel Lopez is an attractive young probation officer. Brown is one of her clients but also fast becoming one of her friends - perhaps he is one that can be saved. Nigel Johnson is a smart young drug-dealer on the make. He has plans to make a lot of money AND stay alive to spend it. He already runs his neighbourhood but doesn't realise that he stands on the brink of a vicious turf war which could destroy him. From these basic players, Pelecanos weaves an amazing new novel, one that defines a generation of black, Hispanic and white Americans fighting - literally - for their lives
The double : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

28 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,775 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 Pacific by Jeremy Podeswa( Visual )

8 editions published in 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,623 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 )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 1,377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From David Simon, creator and co-writer of HBO's Emmy Award-winning miniseries The Corner, this unvarnished, highly realistic drama series follows a single sprawling drug and murder investigation in Baltimore- one that culminates in a complex series of dangerous wiretaps and surveillance. Told from the points of view of both the police and their targets, the series captures a universe where easy distinctions between good and evil, and crime and punishment, are challenged at every turn
The way home : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,360 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?
Shame the devil : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

45 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,338 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 )

21 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,250 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 Ed Bianchi( Visual )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everyone is feeling the heat in Baltimore. The drug war is a losing campaign, bodies are piling up in the street and a desperate mayor demands to see some victories before Election Day
The sweet forever : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Book )

29 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 973 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
The cut : a novel by George P Pelecanos( Recording )

24 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 943 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
The martini shot : a novella and stories by George P Pelecanos( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and French and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 wire( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"McNutty has been demoted to harbour 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 harbour, 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 big blowdown by George P Pelecanos( Book )

20 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on two immigrant boys growing up in 1940s Washington--their friendship, their loves and their crimes. One Greek, the other Italian, they are involved in collection work for loan sharks who prey on immigrants. By the author of Nick's Trip
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Hell to pay : a novel
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׳

펠레카노스, 조지


ペレケーノス, ジョージ・P

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