The Martini Shot

The Martini Shot

A Novella and Stories

Book - 2015
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"Whether they're cops or conmen, 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, 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, the one that comes before the liquor shots begin - 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316284370
Branch Call Number: F PEL
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Pelecanos, George P. Works

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vicchu
Mar 06, 2016

These short stories are interestingly varied in characters and situations. If another volume of Pelecanos stories existed, I would happily check it out, though I have found the author's novels too dark to enjoy. The title story I found especially fun to read, and it was just the right length. All pieces are written from a male point of view.

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