George P. Pelecanos was born in Washington, D.C. in 1957. He
worked as a line cook, dishwasher, bartender, shoe salesman,
electronics salesman, and construction worker before
publishing his first novel in 1992.
Pelecanos is the author of twelve crime/noir novels set in
and around Washington, D.C.: A Firing Offense, Nick's Trip,
Shoedog, Down By the River Where the Dead Men Go, The Big
Blowdown, King Suckerman, The Sweet Forever, Shame the
Devil, Right as Rain, Hell to Pay, Soul Circus,, Hard
Revolution and Drama City. (See the Bookshelf for more
information on these titles). Drama City was nominated for
an Edgar Award. Hell to Pay was the recipient of the 2003
Los Angeles Times Book Award. The Big Blowdown won the
International Crime Novel of the Year award in France,
Germany, and Japan. His short fiction has appeared in
Esquire and the collections Unusual Suspects, Best American
Mystery Stories of 1997, Measure of Poison, and Best
American Mystery Stories of 2002. He is an award-winning
journalist and essayist who has written for The New York
Times, The Washington Post, GQ, Uncut, Mojo, and numerous
other publications. Esquire magazine called Pelecanos "the
poet laureate of the D.C. crime world."
Pelecanos served as producer on the feature films Caught
(1996), Whatever (1998) and Blackmale (1999), and was the
U.S. distributor of John Woo's cult classic, The Killer.
Most recently, he has written a script based on a team in
the American Basketball Association, The Spirits of St.
Louis, for HBO Films, and is a staff writer and story editor
for the acclaimed HBO dramatic series, The Wire. His novel
Right as Rain is currently in development with director
Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential, Wonder Boys) and Warner
Pelecanos lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife
and three children.