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Short stories and a novella from one of crime fiction’s most revered writers

Whether they’re cops or con men, savage killers or creative types, gangsters or God-fearing citizens, George Pelecanos’ characters are always engaged in a fight for their lives. They fight to advance or simply to survive; they fight against odds, against enemies, and even against themselves. In this, his first collection of stories, the acclaimed novelist introduces readers to a vivid and eclectic cast of combatants.

A seasoned claims investigator tracks a supposedly dead man from Miami to Brazil, only to be thrown off his game by a kid from the local slum. An aging loser takes a last stab at respectability by becoming a police informant. A Greek-American couple adopts an interracial trio of sons and then struggles to keep their family together, giving us a stirring bit of background on one of Pelecanos’ most beloved protagonists, Spero Lucas. In the title novella—which takes its name from Hollywood slang for the last shot of the day—we go behind the scenes of a television cop show, where a writer gets caught up in a drama more real than anything he could have conjured for a script.

By turns heartbreaking and humane, brutal and funny, these finely constructed tales expose the violence and striving beneath the surface of any city and within any human heart. Tough, sexy, fast-paced, and crackling with energy, The Martini Shot is Pelecanos at his very best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the best crime novelists alive, George Pelecanos is an American original.”

    Dennis Lehane, praise for the author

  • “For some time George P. Pelecanos has been the best-kept secret in crime fiction—maybe all fiction…The word among writers and those in the know has long been ‘read Pelecanos.’”

    Michael Connelly, praise for the author

  • “Edgar-finalist Pelecanos showcases his formidable skills in his first story collection. Among the standouts is the unforgettable ‘The Confidential Informant,’ in which a Washington, DC, man who lives in the shadow of his aging Vietnam vet father attempts to prove himself to the old man by helping the police ‘solve a homicide.’ Fans of Pelecanos’ Spero Lucas series will welcome the emotionally charged ‘Chosen,’ which fills in the back story of Lucas’ mixed-race family. In ‘The Dead Their Eyes Implore Us,’ a raucous Depression-era story, a Greek immigrant gets mixed up with a corrupt Pinkerton agent. In the title novella, the life of Victor Ohanion—who, like Pelecanos, is a writer and producer for a cable TV crime show—begins to resemble his scripts after a set worker is murdered; Ohanion decides to settle the score. While these eight tales are not as deep as the author’s novels, the collection is still a winner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The first story collection from the prolific Pelecanos…Most of the stories here appeared in various noir anthologies over the last two decades, when Pelecanos emerged as one of the country’s most distinctive and reliable crime writers, and they showcase an author whose gritty prose style and sympathetic characterization have remained remarkably consistent in that time.”

    Library Journal

  • “Seven stories and a novella from the undisputed king of DC noir…This collection showcases his versatility.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Dion Graham’s character range is on display in Pelecanos’ first collection of stories. The diversity of characters runs the gamut. And while Graham doesn’t nail every accent in the collection, he thoroughly grasps the element that connects all of the characters: struggle. Whether it’s conflict on the street over drugs or identity conflict, family strife at home, or an internal battle with right and wrong, Graham pulls listeners in, helping them empathize with the characters. Graham also exhibits flexibility, adjusting to Pelecanos’ storytelling styles, like the screenplay dialogue in the title novella. Graham delivers atmosphere, dark humor, and genuine humanity in a great listening experience.”


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