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Nicks Trip (Five Star Paperback) [Paperback]

George Pelecanos
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26 Aug 1999 Five Star Paperback
Nick Stefanos, having earned his P.I. license, quickly discovers that snapping photos of unfaithful husbands does not make for a fulfilling job. Tending bar one night at the Spot, Nick is visited by his high-school friend, Billy Goodrich. Billy's wife is gone. Nick agrees to find her. And with that first step, he sets out on a one-way trip through a sewer of theft, intrigue and love. George P. Pelecanos' reputation goes from strength to strength. As Barry Gifford puts it, 'To miss out on Pelecanos would be criminal.'

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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; New Ed edition (26 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852427140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852427146
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The private eye business is in a slump, and Nick Stefanos is keeping bar. It stops him drinking while at work, and gives him time to ask about the stabbing of a gay reporter. When a request to find a missing wife comes from an old friend, and we are promptly sidetracked into flashback city with an account of a speed-and-booze fuelled teenage jaunt around the Southland, it is clear that this is one of those elegies for friendship that are part of the Chandler tradition. Things are going to end badly, and they do; along the way, though, Pelecanos introduces us to some jauntily rough-edged characters and Nick applies intelligence, sensitivity and legwork to the puzzles before him. The picture of the slums of Washington DC and of the seedy roadhouses and country bars through which Nick chases the missing April is the right downbeat stuff. What stops this being just a good routine private-eye mystery, though, is Nick; it is partly his endlessly surprising back story and partly the extent to which he is a man on the skids, still not quite accepting that he cannot stay young and uncontrolled forever. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 mavericks.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent follow up to A Firing Offence 23 April 2001
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Nick's Trip takes off where A Firing Offense finishes, with part time private eye Nick Stefanos working at a bar called the Spot when an old friend he hasn't seen in years appears. This starts a hunt for the friend's absent wife who has disappeared. Though this is a crime novel, as with Pelecanos' other books guilt and loss feature greatly and give the whole book a slightly melancolic air. The fact that the main character has a drink problem also comes more apparent, working in the bar doesn't help this. That said this doesn't in any way make this story any less gripping. Pelecanos' second book is excellent, I can thoughly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average P.I. 7 Dec 2003
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Nick Stefanos is a private eye who helps make ends meet by working behind the bar at a place called the Spot. An old buddy from school tracks him down and asks him to find his wife. While working the case we are continually taken back to Nick’s youth as he remembers old friends and family. The storyline lurches from chapter to chapter. One minute he’s working on the case in search of a missing woman, the next he’s running down leads about a murdered friend leaving us to make the necessary mental adjustments.
Nick’s a hard-drinking, hard-smoking bloke who’s marching to the beat of his own drummer. This is not a lighthearted romp; rather, we trudge through the seedier parts of town with a character that tends to fit right in. The method of chasing up leads seems to be an endless series of visits to bars throughout the D.C. area with a necessary shot and a beer at each. You’ve got to be prepared to accept that Nick Stefanos has many faults and weaknesses and is not your average private investigator. Oh, by the way, even with all his faults, I still found the story quite enjoyable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I implore you to read Pelecanos. Sure there are shades of the mighty Burke but the flawed beauty of Stefanos and the strength and beauty of the writing make this a superb novel. Forget the crime/mystery element - this is first rate writing in any catogory.
If any reader has any author recomendations please email me
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Ain't Happy 11 Jan 2001
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The three Nick Stefanos mysteries (of which this is the second) follow the linear descent of their hero from rebellious career stiff to hard drinking private eye to hopeless alcoholic. Along the way, Nick bares his soul more completely than do most first person narrative P.I.'s. His stories are also among the most darkly violent and gritty that I've come across in the genre. "Nick's Trip" is better than "A Firing Offense," the first Stefanos book, if only because it is more plausible and more focussed. Along the way, Nick reunites with an old friend who has become an obnoxious yuppie and whose wife has disappered. He also manages to lose his girlfriend and become a surrogate father. The whole book has an overwhelming feeling of lonliness to it, like a late night country song. It is definately NOT for readers of light mainstream fiction.
Overall, a must read for fans of authors such as James Crumley and Andrew Vachss and anyone else who likes their P.I. fiction truly hard boiled.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best 25 Jun 2006
By Andrew Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a fan of Pelecanos' novels. He is one of the best mystery writers around. His stories are character driven, well written, and full of atmosphere. So what's wrong with Nick's Trip? There's too much trip. We spend too much time driving around and drinking and slumming in sleazy bars. Now in real life that's fun, but in the novel it eventually gets boring. One scene reminds us of another, one bar smells like another, one morning-after feels like another, and eventually we beg Pelecanos to stop the car and let us out. Nick's Trip is a good novel, better than a lot of other mystery novels out there, but it's not Pelecanos' best.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Might Be The Best Book By Pelecanos 26 Jun 2004
By Author Ty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was the first Pelecanos book I ever read, and it had me snared from the very beginning. This guy is so talented, so funny, and so adept at capturing the raw feel of average daily life for a simple bartender who occasionally plays private detective. I found myself in awe of the writing in this book; so original, so humorous...with characters so real that you can't help rooting for them. Pelecanos has now gone on to write books which are far more serious and not nearly as good, in my opinion. His first three books, featuring PI Nick Stefanos, are really fantastic and to me, this is the best of the three. A far cry from the usual tale of the down-and-out PI who drinks too much and cries in his beer all day. This book is truly original, a real gem, and fans of PI fiction (and blue-collar literature) will love it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average P.I. 15 Jun 2001
By Untouchable - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Nick Stefanos is a private eye who helps make ends meet by working behind the bar at a place called the Spot. An old buddy from school tracks him down and asks him to find his wife. While working the case we are continually taken back to Nick's youth as he remembers old friends and family. The storyline lurches from chapter to chapter. One minute he's working on the case in search of a missing woman, the next he's running down leads about a murdered friend leaving us to make the necessary mental adjustments.
Nick's a hard-drinking, hard-smoking bloke who's marching to the beat of his own drummer. This is not a light hearted romp, rather, we trudge through the seedier parts of town with a character who tends to fit right in. The method of chasing up leads seems to be an endless series of visits to bars throughout the D.C. area with a necessary shot and a beer at each. You've got to be prepared to accept that Nick Stefanos has many faults and weaknesses and is not your average private investigator. Oh, by the way, even with all his faults, I still found the story quite enjoyable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Rocks 4 Aug 2000
By Neil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Pelecanos's pace, plotting, and ear for street talk are light years beyond most mystery fare with plodding dialog and flat characters. Like him or not, and like a lot of alkies, there's something about him ya gotta love, Nick's trip is one you want to tbe on. The DC locales are depicted with a neat folding in of history and the contemporary scene. The locales hum with etched characters and sharp dialog. The writing has restraint, dark humor, and a relentless complex and ultimately satisfying plot. The lesbian sex scene is a classic, anti-erotic but pinging on male and female sexuality and aspects of relationship that invoke something deeper. Everyman whose been with a woman whose interest was somewhere else can take something from it. Did I say it was funny as hell?
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