Like the kind of cars they don’t make anymore
and the kind of songs they don’t sing, the novels of George Pelecanos have the
style, rhythm, and muscle of classics. Shoedog
is vintage Pelecanos: a tale that throbs with soul and pulsates with menace.
Constantine was born in Washington, DC, and has been traveling the world
ever since, finding everything but a home. Randolph has stayed in this city
every day, selling shoes in a downtown store, taking care of ladies who lie
about their sizes and sometimes fit him into their beds. Now these two
strangers—one white, one black—have come together in a criminal’s audacious
plan. With five partners and the hit ready to go down, Constantine doesn’t
understand the treacheries, feuds, and fantasies swirling around him—and he’s
fallen for a woman who only doubles his risk. But Randolph, a self-confessed “shoedog,”
can smell trouble a mile away. And when the shooting starts, he’ll give
Constantine a chance to live—or die where he was born.
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