Shame the Devil

Shame the Devil


By (author) George P. Pelecanos

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  • Publisher: Orion mass market paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 25mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0752849220
  • ISBN 13: 9780752849225
  • Sales rank: 319,596

Product description

Washington, D.C., 1995. What should have been a straightforward restaurant robbery goes horribly wrong. Several workers are shot in cold blood; the gunman's brother is killed by the police; a young boy is run over by a careering getaway car. Three years pass. Victims and their relatives gather in the aftermath, still trying to come to terms with their grief. But gunman Frank Farrow has other ideas. Now the heat has died down, he is on his way back to Washington, determined to avenge his lost brother - by killing everyone involved in his death.

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Author information

George P. Pelecanos was born in Washington, DC in 1957. His first novel was published in 1992 and alongside his consequential success as an author, he has also 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 can also claim credit for involvement in the production of several feature films. Most recently, as a screenwriter for film, he has written an adaptation of King Suckerman for Dimension Films, and was co-writer on the Paid in Full. Pelecanos lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and three children.

Editorial reviews

Very few authors can write a ripping yarn like George P, and his new novel featuring investigator Nick Stefanos is no exception. Stefanos becomes embroiled in an old case in which a massacre took place in a pizza parlour and the perpetrators were never brought to justice. But now they've returned to Washington DC to settle the score with the policeman who killed one of the robbers. But the friends and relatives of the victims, joined together in a support group, discover the plot and exact revenge in a spectacular and bloodthirsty manner with the help of Stefanos. George P's prose shoots off the page like fat off a stove, and Stefanos dispatches villains with the alacrity of a chicken on an egg-laying spree. Excellent stuff. (Kirkus UK)