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King Suckerman Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 1998
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Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The story has already been cited here already, so I won't recap, but you care for the characters you like and you're in awe or fear of the others. Referencing all kinds of 70s trappings, music, films, Iceberg Slim, muscle cars etc, you feel like you're watching an awesome film and indeed I'd be less than surprised if it was made into one. I only hope it's by the right people, not someone like Sean Puffy Combs, who would probably cast Jennifer Lopez in the role of Virginia.
I only hope Pelecanos' other books are as good as this.
The characters aren't glamorous, but they're really memorable. Description is one of the author's strong suits, but that doesn't get in the way of an exciting, riveting plot.
Pelecanos' books are my favorites among crime and mystery authors working today; he really captures the sense of Washington D.C. (this book is set during the 1970's), and the characters are true to form.
If you like your fiction hard-boiled, give Pelecanos a try. I wouldn't start with this one. Start with A FIRING OFFENSE.
If you've read some of the earlier ones, like Nick's Trip or A Firing Offense, try the Suckerman.
In 'King Suckerman' the author spends a lot of time, arguably too much time, on waltzing through 1970s memory lane. Blaxploitation flicks and the music of the times dominate the book. Yes, there are some nasty dudes in this book, lots of drug dealing, but before long we realize the author isn't going to deliver anything special. George Pelacanos has done much better ('Shame the Devil', 'Right as Rain').
Bottom line: the author seems to be into more of a nostalgia trip rather than writing a crime novel. But for those craving a taste of pre-disco 1970s ambiance this book is "really baaad".
As usual, Washington, D.C. is both the setting for the story and a living character in the book. There are plenty of tough and weak, cunning and stupid players in the twisting story. If you have a pulse and like crime fiction, I don't see how you can skip this book or anything else Pelecanos writes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mr. Pelicanos did a good, but not great job describing the wasted lives of those young men with so much potential. But it is not his best effort. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert Wolfson
I was disappointed. This was okay but not up to Pelecanos' standard.Published 18 months ago by Tinman
Is it a finely rendered portrait of '70s DC? A deeply emotional tale of crime and revenge? Or pulp trash? It's all these things. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Matt
Having subscribed to the Washington Post for almost 30 plus years, this novel is a Refresher course on the constant drug wars of the time with some of the oddest and memorable... Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by C. J. Sharrer
I read about 50 pages of this book and had absolutely no idea what the plot line was. I tried one more time to read a few more pages, then gave up and deleted it from my Kindle. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Sandra J Slifer
I started with "Down By the River Where The Dead Men Go", "The Night Gardner", "What It Was", and now "King Suckerman". Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by D.
Either the best, or one of the best Pelecanos books. I should have read it before the 8 of his books I consumed previously.Published on February 3, 2013 by jerry cade
Pelgranos is a great fabricator of fiction telling tall tales that are fun and enjoyable to read, especially if you are even somewhat familiar with Washington DC. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by JD Grewell
It's a paradox. If there were more novels like King Suckerman, it would no doubt diminish one's sheer joy in discovering and reading them. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by Kevin P. Hanson