Week of March 30, 2005 | George Pelecanos
week's guest is George Pelecanos. I discovered Mr. Pelecano's work in
the mid-1990's. His
crime novels take place in Washington D.C., and he writes about the
city with a style and a
flair that is uniquely his own.
read a George Pelecanos novel I keep pen and paper handy,
because I know that I'm going to be buying some new CD's as I read the
book. He uses music
as an integral part of his stories, and he does it effectively. We're
the same age, so I always get
a stroll down memory lane with his musical references.
CITY, recently published by Little, Brown, is Mr.
Pelecanos's latest novel. It features Lorenzo
Brown, a man recently released from spending eight years in prison.
The story follows
Lorenzo as he adapts to life on the street.
in animal control, and I found the
book to be a wonderful look into the life of an ex-con who is trying
to make a better life
for himself and his family after his release from prison.
It is a
fascinating look into a
side of Washington D.C that other writers ignore, or don't know
exists. You will meet some
interesting dogs along the way as a bonus. There is also a strong
female character in
the novel, Rachel Lopez.
chosen DRAMA CITY to be my first featured book on the Kacey Kowars
Show website. DRAMA
CITY is a great place to start with George Pelecanos, but it's only
finish this one you can go back and read RIGHT AS RAIN, with the
of Derek Strange and Terry Quinn. Next you can read THE BIG BLOWDOWN, a
noir classic that features Nick Stefanos, and the fascinating
characters that frequent his grill.
conversation Mr. Pelecanos and I discuss THE SWEET FOREVER, a novel of
heartbreaking beauty and grace.
have not read George Pelecanos you are in for a treat. Don't forget to
read KING SUCKERMAN.
You can also watch THE WIRE on HBO. Mr. Pelecanos started out as a
writer for the show, and now he is a producer. The fourth season
starts in 2006.
He is also
working with Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg on a project with HBO
similar to A BAND OF BROTHERS, but the locale is the Pacific Theater.
I hope you
enjoy my conversation with Mr. Pelecanos. I know I did.