The boys are back in town
Frank Farrow is a natural-born killer. Roman Otis is a fine-looking crooner who does his killing on the side. On a hot D.C. afternoon Frank and Roman hit a pizza shop called May's. When the hit was over, four people were executed. A cop was shot. A boy was dead. And when the sirens stopped wailing and the killers vanished into the heat, dozens of lives were shattered forever.
Now it's three years later, and Dimitri Karras, who lost a son, is starting to live again. But Dimitri's old acquaintance, a P.I. named Nick Stefanos, has just unburied the past--by discovering the killers' identity. Suddenly the second act of a crime story is about to be told. Because the May's pizza parlor killers are coming back into town: where they'll be greeted with open arms, broken hearts, and at least one loaded gun.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Series:||D.C. Quartet Series , #4|
|Product dimensions:||4.13(w) x 6.83(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Hometown:Silver Spring, Maryland
Date of Birth:February 18, 1957
Place of Birth:Washington, D.C.
Education:B.A., University of Maryland at College Park, 1980
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If all of George Pelecanos’s novels present sex in a manner similar to SHAME THE DEVIL, he’s probably a poster child for why men should leave the sex scenes to women. Recent novels I’ve read written by women offer up mind numbing orgasms, pop your socks off titillation, and stimulating suspense followed by window shattering climaxes. This novel, on the other hand, offers up heavy breasts, cupcake-sized nipples, and fingernail ripping orgasms, while slamming into her on the edge of the bed. Sure, sex is great, but it’s all about quality not quantity. What really tipped this novel on the unfavorable scale for me was the writing style, though. Mr. Pelecanos can certainly spin a yarn or two or three, but I had trouble enjoying the ride up the hill, and I certainly felt the drop a bit too much when we started down the other side. The journey felt a bit forced, and the climax a bit anticlimactic for my taste. What really gets my motor running in hard-boiled novels is the action, but I was a bit disappointed by this particular effort. Instead of poetic punches and staccato sentences, it was more like a fisherman casting his line at midnight with a broken reel while wearing sunglasses and having consumed about six beers too many. The women all seemed a bit flat, although none of them would ever be mistaken for flat chested. And there was a distinct and rather prominent dividing line between the good guys and the bad guys with the bad guys avoiding all traces of humanity. I plan to give Mr. Pelecanos another go, with WHAT IT WAS. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
George Pelecanos is my favorite writer. His prose is great, I love his characters and his story-telling, and most of all, he is one cool guy; from the music to the clothes to the car, all of his books ooze cool and Shame the Devil is no different. This is the conclusion to his D.C. quartet, one of my favorite series of books. I never get into story, because I don't like to spoil it, but many readers will like this, but I wouldn't be surprised if some women didn't like at much as men. Pelecanos definitely writes books for men. Regardless of your gender, this is a great book.
I was looking forward to this last installment, but I think Pelecanos lost his way, here. The dialogue is often stilted -- not what you expect in one of Pelecanos's novels -- and without purpose. I didn't particularly buy the premise of the core action -- villains returning. I was disappointed.
Shame The Devil is the first book I've read by George Pelecanos -- but it certainly won't be the last. As a matter of fact, I've already bought his latest mystery, Right As Rain. Shame The Devil is chocked full of the qualities you want in a book -- interesting main plot and sub-plots, very well-developed 'good guys(particuarly Nick Stefanos)and 'bad guys', lots of action, strong, realistic dialogue and a writing style that makes you want to turn the pages as fast as you can. The only quality that I found to be a bit unrealistic is the degree of knowledge so many of the characters have about different styles of music. At this point, Dennis Lehane is my favorite mystery writer but Pelecanos has the potential to be his equal. Do yourself a favor and get a copy of Shame The Devil. Enjoy!
George P. Pelecanos new novel Shame the Devil avoids most of the cliches that abound in crime fiction. The violence around which the novel's story is based is intense, but very sparingly used leaving a lot of room for story telling and character development that transcends most crime novels. The number of characters can be confusing to the reader at first. But once the novel has its legs Pelecanos manages to challenge the reader's concept of justice. He takes on institutions and individuals responsible for seeing justice is done, pulling apart their motives and emotions. Almost everyone in this novel is seeking a form of justice or spiritual peace. It is worth a read to find out who finds it.