A Firing Offense

Paperback | June 29, 2011

byGeorge P. Pelecanos

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As the advertising director of Nutty Nathan's, Nick Stefanos knows all the tricks of the electronics business. Blow-out sales and shady deals were his life. When one of the stockboys disappears, it's not news: just another metalhead who went off chasing some dream of big money and easy living. But the kid reminded Nick of himself twelve years ago: an angry punk hooked on speed metal and the fast life. So when the boy's grandfather begs Nick to find the kid, Nick says he'll try.A Firing Offense, Nick Stefanos' debut, shows why, as Barry Gifford puts it, "To miss out on Pelecanos would be criminal."

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As the advertising director of Nutty Nathan's, Nick Stefanos knows all the tricks of the electronics business. Blow-out sales and shady deals were his life. When one of the stockboys disappears, it's not news: just another metalhead who went off chasing some dream of big money and easy living. But the kid reminded Nick of himself twelv...

George Pelecanos is the author of several highly praised and bestselling novels, includingThe Cut,What It Was,The Way Home,The Turnaround, andThe Night Gardener. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and the recipient of numerous international writing awards. He was a producer and Emmy-nominated writer forThe Wireand cu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:June 29, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316079634

ISBN - 13:9780316079631

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! My arrival at reading the books of George Pelecanos took a circuitous route. Please allow me to expand. In the 90's I was a huge fan of a TV show called Homicide: Life on the Streets. This crime drama was the brainchild of two Baltimore natives, Barry Levinson and David Simon. Simon was a crime reporter with the Baltimore Sun and the series was based on his true crime book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. The show had abysmal ratings during its seven year run but fans and critics loved it. Simon went on to produce two more TV series, The Corner, a six part miniseries directed by Baltimore native, Charles S. Dutton, and The Wire, which ran for five seasons on cable from 2001 to 2006. Writers used on the series included Dennis Lehane (Mystic River), Richard Price (Freedomland) and Washington DC native George Pelecanos. The Wire is one of my favourite TV shows of all time - I have all five seasons on DVD. It is also the highest rated TV show in history on both TV.com and IMDb. After watching The Wire and absolutely loving it, I decided to check out George Pelecanos. I did some research and realized that he wrote in series with recurring characters. His first novel A Firing Offense introduced us to Nick Stefanos, a character loosely based on Pelecanos himself. The book takes place in the late 1980's in DC. What I like about the book is its use of geography, lifestyles, fashions and music of that era to tell the story. I am not much younger than Pelecanos, three years to be exact, and the imagery in the book resonated with me. I could visualize the clothes and hear the music playing as I turned the pages. This is similar to two other authors I enjoy, John Sandford and Ian Rankin. The language used in the book is authentic and the characters are real and flawed. Their coping mechanisms and bad choices rang true with me. This is the type of book I enjoy immersing myself in. I agree with other readers who describe Pelecanos' writing as "gritty" and "noirish". If you enjoy authors like Richard Price, Dennis Lehane and Ian Rankin, you will enjoy George Pelecanos.
Date published: 2013-05-20