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George Pelecanos

USA flag (1957 - )

George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, a producer and an Emmy-nominated writer of the HBO series The Wire, and the author of fifteen novels set in and around Washington, DC.
Anthology series
Best American Mystery Stories (with Otto Penzler)
The Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (2008)
Anthologies edited
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (1998) : King Suckerman
Dagger Awards Best Novel nominee (2001) : Right As Rain
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2003) : Hell To Pay
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2003) : Hell To Pay
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (2003) : Hell To Pay
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2006) : Drama City
Barry Awards Best Novel winner (2007) : The Night Gardener
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (2010) : The Way Home

George Pelecanos recommends
Sleepy Head (2001)
(Tom Thorne, book 1)
Mark Billingham
"Sleepyhead is one of the finest first-novels I've read in a long while. Mark Billingham has brought a rare and welcome blend of humanity, dimension, and excitement to the genre and earned an instant seat at the top table of crime novelists. An exceptional debut."
In a True Light (2001)
John Harvey
"John Harvey's books are cool, deceptive, seamless, and artfully constructed."
Sky Blues (2002)
Vicki Hendricks
"Supercharged, erotic, real noir... Sky Blues is another Hendricks triumph."
Nineteen Eighty Three (2002)
(Red Riding Quartet, book 4)
David Peace
"David Peace has joined a select group of novelists who are transforming the crime genre with passion and style."
Semiautomatic (2004)
(Andrew Giobberti, book 2)
Robert Reuland
"One of crime fiction's most gifted young writers."
Rain Dogs (2005)
Sean Doolittle
"Sean Doolittle is a young writer with serious chops. With RAIN DOGS he brings it strong."
Priest (2006)
(Jack Taylor, book 5)
Ken Bruen
"Ken Bruen has become the crime novelist to read."
The Dark Streets (2006)
(Jack Liffey, book 9)
John Shannon
"Shannon has written an intelligent, surprising book, found the heart of his working-class characters, and delivered a first-rate thriller in the bargain."
American Visa (2007)
Juan de Recacoechea
"Beautifully written, atmospheric, and stylish in the manner of Chandler... A smart, exotic crime fiction offering."
Quiver (2008)
Peter Leonard
"Quiver's supercharged plot, rhythmic dialogue, and cool-under-pressure characters kept me reading into the night. An impressive, exciting debut from Peter Leonard."
Winterland (2009)
(Loose trilogy, book 1)
Alan Glynn
"A terrific read... completely involving."
Drink the Tea (2010)
(Willis Gidney Mystery, book 1)
Thomas Kaufman
"Thomas Kaufman is a welcome new voice in Washington, D.C. crime fiction."
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (2010)
Tom Franklin
"A highly original crime offering."
The Second Girl (2016)
(Frank Marr, book 1)
David Swinson
"The Second Girl is a terrific DC crime novel."
Murder in Saint Germain (2017)
(Aimee Leduc, book 17)
Cara Black
"As stylish and sexy as the city Cara Black knows so well."

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