Constantine is a drifter with a lot of miles behind him, a lot more ahead and plenty of jobs in between that never showed up on anyone's books.
Back in his home town, he hitches a ride on a bright spring morning with a little man named Polk. There's one stop Polk needs to make, and it changes Constantine's life forever.
Like the kind of cars they don't make anymore and the kind of songs they don't sing, Shoedog has the style, rhythm and muscle of a classic.
George Pelecanos was born in Washington, DC in 1957. He has worked as producer, writer and story editor for the acclaimed and award-winning US crime series, The Wire; his writing for the show earned him an Emmy nomination. 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 has also been involved in the production of several feature films. Most recently he has written an adaptation of King Suckerman for Dimension Films, and was co-writer on Paid in Full. Pelecanos lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and three children.
The coolest writer in America
One of the best crime novelists alive, George Pelecanos is an American original
A model exercise in dysfunction and doomed American cool
For some time George P. Pelecanos has been the best-kept secret in crime fiction, maybe all fiction. His stories have always been powerful tales of character and survival that grip the mind and the heart
A gritty story of redemption and revenge that is utterly gripping from beginning to end
It's brilliant... Why has Tarantino not filmed this?
Evening Standard - N/A
As pared down and light on its feet as his protagonist... He writes like a dream... shocks and entertains right up to the bloody finale.
Guardian - Joanna Hines
The Scotsman - William Leith