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The Martini Shot

(2015)
A collection of stories by

 
 
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's 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's 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.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

January 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Martini Shot: A Novella and Stories
Author(s): George Pelecanos
ISBN: 0-316-28437-8 / 978-0-316-28437-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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January 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Martini Shot and Other Stories
Author(s): George Pelecanos
ISBN: 1-4091-5133-6 / 978-1-4091-5133-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Paperback Editions

March 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Martini Shot: A Novella and Stories
Author(s): George Pelecanos
ISBN: 0-316-28438-6 / 978-0-316-28438-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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January 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Martini Shot and Other Stories
Author(s): George Pelecanos
ISBN: 1-4091-5135-2 / 978-1-4091-5135-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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January 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Martini Shot and Other Stories
Author(s): George Pelecanos
ISBN: 1-4091-5134-4 / 978-1-4091-5134-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Audio Editions

January 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Martini Shot: A Novella and Stories
Author(s): George Pelecanos
ISBN: 1-4789-8316-7 / 978-1-4789-8316-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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January 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Martini Shot Lib/E: A Novella and Stories
Author(s): George P Pelecanos
ISBN: 1-4789-3289-9 / 978-1-4789-3289-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
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January 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Martini Shot: A Novella and Stories
Author(s): George Pelecanos
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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January 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Martini Shot: A Novella and Stories
Author(s): George Pelecanos
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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Kindle Editions

January 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Martini Shot: A Novella and Stories
Author(s): George Pelecanos
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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January 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Martini Shot and Other Stories
Author(s): George Pelecanos
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU