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Constantine is a drifter, a man with a lot of miles behind him and a lot more ahead and a number of jobs in between that never showed up on anyone's books. He hitches a ride on a bright spring morning with a little man named Polk. Heading down a country road in Polk's hopped-up car, the two men share a few cigarettes. Later, when Constantine walks toward the big brick house, the Beat in his head, the grip of the 45 warm in his hand, the siren wailing at his back, he thinks that the whole thing started on that road, with the car stopping for his upturned thumb. He thinks that the things that happen to a man are put in motion by something just that small, just that random. He thinks about that and he laughs but keeps on walking. A powerful mix of violence and social realism, "Shoedog" is contemporary noir at its more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 16mm | 158.76g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1852427566
  • 9781852427566
  • 2,533,440

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'An excursion into looming noir territories - a world in which everyone seems doomed' Uncut; 'A model exercise in dysfunction and doomed American cool' The Guardian; 'Shoedog packs an unmistakable Pelecanos punch; a murky tale from a muddled world where honour is a rare thing - especially among thieves' Crime Timeshow more

About George Pelecanos

George P. Pelecanos is the author of eleven crime novels including the 'Nick Stefanos Trilogy' and the 'Washington DC Quartet'. Hell to Pay won the best novel of The Gumshoe Awards 2002. King Suckerman was shortlisted for the 1998 Crime Writers' Association Golden Dagger Award. As an independent film producer, George Pelecanos has handled the movies of the Coen Brothers and other cutting edge movie more

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