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  • Series: Akashic Noir
  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933354585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933354583
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

By broadly interpreting what constitutes noir, Pelecanos has been able to include writers as diverse as Langston Hughes and Ward Just in this high-quality reprint anthology. In his introduction, Pelecanos describes his vision of a century-long overview of D.C. fiction that would focus on issues of race, ethnicity, politics, class, and the attendant struggles and changes that occurred in various eras of our history. Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African-American poet, opens the book on a powerful note with A Council of State, a story of political intrigue first published in 1900 that will still resonate with contemporary readers. The equally powerful final selection, an excerpt from Marita Golden's novel After (2006), presents the agonizing moments just before and after a black police officer fatally shoots a fellow black man, who turns out to have been holding not a gun but a cellphone. Other contributors include Ross Thomas, Jean Toomer and Richard Wright. (Sept.)
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About the Author

George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, a producer and an Emmy-nominated writer on the HBO series The Wire, and the author of a fifteen novels set in and around Washington, D.C. He is the editor of the best-selling first volume of D.C. Noir.

More About the Author

George P. Pelecanos was born in Washington, DC in 1957. His first novel was published in 1992 and alongside his consequential success as an author, he has also worked as producer, writer and story editor for the acclaimed and award-winning US crime series, The Wire. His writing for the show earned him an Emmy nomination.

He is the author of fifteen crime novels set in and around Washington, DC. The Big Blowdown was the recipient of the International Crime Novel of the Year award in both Germany and Japan; King Suckerman was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger Award in the UK. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire and the collections Unusual Suspects and Best American Mystery Stories of 1997. He is an award-winning journalist and pop-culture essayist who has written for the Washington Post.

Pelecanos can also claim credit for involvement in the production of several feature films. Most recently, as a screenwriter for film, he has written an adaptation of King Suckerman for Dimension Films, and was co-writer on the Paid in Full.

His novel Right as Rain is currently in development with director Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential, Wonder Boys) and Warner Brothers. He is a writer on the upcoming World War II miniseries The Pacific, to be produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and HBO. Pelecanos lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and three children. He is at work on his next novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Critical Consumer on July 13, 2010
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A treat, especially for DC area folk: local and perhaps even familiar scenes and settings really add to readability. Stories make for quick, entertaining reads. And, yes, it's generally fairly dark stuff.
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This second volume of D.C. Noir,called "The Classics," features, almost exclusively, African American short story writers of the 20th and early 21st century. Nothing wrong with that, but why not so declare? While most of these stories reflect real difficulties, I would rate them as only noir-ish. While substantive short stories, joys in themselves, in many instances the selections lack some of the twists and reversals and characters that are central to the genre. Call me picky! Very enjoyable, but knocked it down a star for not entirely "as represented."
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