George Pelecanos

in Washington, D.C., The United States
February 18, 1957



George Pelecanos was born in Washington, D.C., in 1957. He worked as a line cook, dishwasher, bartender, and woman's shoe salesman before publishing his first novel in 1992.

Pelecanos is the author of eighteen novels set in and around Washington, D.C.: A Firing Offense, Nick's Trip, Shoedog, Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go, The Big Blowdown, King Suckerman, The Sweet Forever, Shame the Devil, Right as Rain, Hell to Pay, Soul Circus, Hard Revolution, Drama City, The Night Gardener, The Turnaround, The Way Home, The Cut, and What It Was. He has been the recipient of the Raymond Chandler award in Italy, the Falcon award in Japan, and the Grand Prix du Roman Noir in France. Hell to Pay and Soul Circus were awarded the 2003 and 2004 Los A

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The Night Gardener

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Right as Rain (Derek Strang...

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The Cut

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The Turnaround

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Drama City

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The Way Home

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Hell to Pay

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Hard Revolution

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“If the storytellers told it true, all stories would end in death.”
George Pelecanos

“Soon it began to drizzle for the second time that night. The drops grew heavier and became visible in the headlights of the cars. It was said by some of the police on the scene that God was crying for the girl in the garden. To others, it was only rain.”
George P. Pelecanos, The Night Gardener

“The thirst for knowledge is like a piece of ass you know you shouldn't chase; in the end, you chase it just the same.”
George Pelecanos, Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go



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