Washington, DC native George Pelecanos has a new crime mystery thriller that will intrigue his fans and bring about new ones. The www.hachettebookgroup.com website describes his latest novel ‘The Cut’ as a new series featuring protagonist Spero Lucas. Fresh from service in Iraq, Lucas hires on with a defense attorney, for whom he specializes in recovering stolen property. When a big-shot crime boss notices Lucas’s talent, Lucas has to decide what cut, if any, is enough to risk his life for. Pelecanos mysteries are primarily set in the nation’s capital which makes his novels more compelling.
Pelecanos did a 7 p.m. reading and book signing on Monday, September 12, 2011 at Politics and Prose Bookstore (located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW) and appeared yesterday at Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland, located in Washington County with romantic suspense and mystery authors Nora Roberts, Heather Graham and Jeanne Adams starting at 2pm.
The Cut is Pelecanos 17th novel which include other works such as A Firing Offense, Down the River Where the Dead Men Go and The Night Gardener. He is also a film and television producer and writer. David Simon, a native of Baltimore, Maryland and creator/producer of the Baltimore-based popular HBO crime TV drama ‘The Wire’, recruited Pelecanos in 2002 after reading his works. Margaret Talbot, a New Yorker writer, stated that the two men have a lot in common, including a childhood in Silver Spring, Maryland, attendance at the University of Maryland and their interest in the “fate of the American city and the black urban poor.” They first met at the funeral of a mutual friend shortly after Simon delivered the pilot episode. Pelecanos wrote on his website about working on The Wire that “Hands down, this was the best experience of my career”. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002 and ended March 9, 2008, completing five seasons. It is now in syndication on DIRECTV’s Audience Network.
Pelecanos has won and shared with his colleagues in 2007 the Edgar (Allen Poe) Award for Best Television Feature/Mini-Series Teleplay (The Wire, Season 4) presented by the Mystery Writers of America and the Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Dramatic Series (The Wire, Season 4) in 2008. In 2010 he was a co-producer and writer on the HBO mini-series “The Pacific.” Wikipedia states the episode focused on Marines on leave in Australia and featured a displaced Greek family in a prominent guest role. Pelecanos, a Greek American, saw the project as a chance to make a tribute to his father, Pete Pelecanos, who served as a Marine in the Philippines. Pelecanos also joined the same year another HBO series “Treme,” again created by David Simon. The show’s concentration is on the lives of residents in the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Pelecanos, 54, lives with his family in Silver Spring, Maryland. Listen to a recent NPR interview with George Pelecanos below.