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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.
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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".
The 1968 riots in DC changed the community and the atmosphere of the city radically. How that change effected different portions of the metro area is reflected in the stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed. This was okay but not up to Pelecanos' standard.Published on July 18, 2014 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 on April 5, 2014 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
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
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
"King Suckerman" is the best of Pelecanos' early works. It succeeds in part because of the author's knowledge of the era and the mood and the city. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by J. Smallridge
This is more of what I've come to expect from Pelecanos. This is certainly his name-droppin-est book yet, in terms of movies and records, but it's a trick I like that he uses in... Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Mej
Awhile back the owner of a local independent bookstore recommended Pelecanos to me when I was buying a book by Dennis Lehane. Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by manly-but-bookish