George Pelecanos, Athenian god of Crime fiction is a Cut above.

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Crime Fiction Books, Crime Writers
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Crimezine George Pellecanos

Pellecanos: Athenian god of Crime Fiction

George Pelecanos is a name that will be on the kebab loving lips of many a Crimeziner. His idiosyncratic prose and keenly observed charachters have led to comparisons with James Ellroy’s work. Though Crimezine reckons Chester Himes meets classic Elmore Leonard is closer to the mark. Check out the opening of his latest novel at the Facebook link .

Pelecanos, is famed for dredging through the seedy world of Washington DC, no less than fifteen of his novels  have been based there, though these days the life long Washingtonian has upped camp to the more sedate surroundings of Silver Spring Maryland.

Crimezine recommends readers who are  unfamiliar with the Pelecanos oeuvre  start with the excellent Nick Stefanos books, such as A Firing Offense, Nicks Trip and Down by the River where the Dead Men Go. Georges style has evolved substantially over the years, becoming richer and more engaging.

Fans of HBO show The Wire or New Orleans Drama Treme may be familiar with Pelecanos without knowing it. , as George wrote episodes for both series and also produced The Wire for the second and third seasons.

Crimezine, George Pellecanos, the cut, Tony Bulmer

The Cut

George is a man of many obsessions as readers of his work will know. Basketball is a recurring theme, as is a endearing if somewhat trainspotterish interest in popular music. Crimezine is somewhat bewildered at this, as we stopped taking an interest in the “hit parade” after the Ed Sullivan show got canned, but we note approvingly that Pelecanos is a fan of the truly awesome blues rock duo  The Black Keys. Rocking!

George is also known as a full on feta cheese loving fan of everything that is Greek. Crimezine whole heartedly approves, as we are fans of spit roasted meats and toga wearing classicism ourselves. George also professes to be a life long devotee to gas guzzling four wheel drive brand Jeep, although we are not certain that he is truly serious in this enthusiasm, as he can frequently be seen driving a Mustang, which is all very well, just keep the speed down on Mulholland Drive, OK?

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