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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (24 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312242913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312242916
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,163,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon Review

In the quartet of novels about life in Washington DC of which The Big Blowdown is chronologically the first, George Pelecanos intelligently breaks down the thin barriers between the noir thriller and the character-driven novel of embattled masculinity. In the 1930s, Pete Karras and Joey Recevo are friends, backing each other up in street fights round the projects. Both go to war and come back changed; Joey is capable of buying into the criminal subculture and cutting adrift from community and Pete, almost fatally, isn't. He ends up betrayed and crippled and, more than ever, obsessed with doing the right thing himself and making Joey do right again... The observation here of small immigrant subcultures, and different kinds of honour, and the getting of wisdom about things as disparate as a good sharp knife for cooking and killing and the purer sorts of jazz, is stunning. He knows what people are doing whether they are Greek cooks learning about African-American food or cops chasing a serial killer. Above all, though, this is a novel about flawed people making bad choices and worse ones; Pelecanos's sense of place and period is always in the service of his subtle grasp of psychology and his passionate moral commitment. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"He is among the finest ten or twelve novelists working in the U.S. today. . . . [a] Balzacian figure so intent upon rendering this nation's whole ramshackle, impossible urban life over the past half-century."
---James Sallis, from his introduction

"Pelecanos writes hard-boiled prose full of music and pain, like he just might be in charge of saving his characters' souls. The Big Blowdown is his Once Upon a Time in D.C.'---a big book with drive and savagery, and elegance too."
---Jonathan Lethem, author of "Motherless Brooklyn"

"A charged page-turner . . . With stylistic panache and forceful conviction, Pelecanos delivers a darkly powerful story of the American city."
---"Publishers Weekly "[starred review]

"Pelecanos's books get into your blood like a shot and a beer after a third shift. Definitely my favorite writer working today."
---Peter Farrelly, author of "Outside Providence"

"A snazzy Lincoln Zephyr of a novel."
---Les Whitten, " Washington Post Book World"

"Bold and broad-shouldered, a crime epic filled with passionate characters and the gritty life of the street. . . . Pelecanos lifted me from my chair and hurled me right into the mean D.C. streets of the 1950s. Bravo!"
---T. Jefferson Parker, author of "The Blue Hour"

"One of those writers whose books I would never miss."
---Harlan Ellison, author of "Mephisto in Onyx"

"To miss out on Pelecanos would be criminal."
---Barry Gifford, author of "Wild at Heart"


Pelecanos writes hard-boiled prose full of music and pain, like he just might be in charge of saving his characters' souls. The Big Blowdown is his Once Upon a Time in D.C.'---a big book with drive and savagery, and elegance too.--Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn

Bold and broad-shouldered, a crime epic filled with passionate characters and the gritty life of the street. . . . Pelecanos lifted me from my chair and hurled me right into the mean D.C. streets of the 1950s. Bravo!--T. Jefferson Parker, author of The Blue Hour

One of those writers whose books I would never miss.--Harlan Ellison, author of Mephisto in Onyx

To miss out on Pelecanos would be criminal.--Barry Gifford, author of Wild at Heart

Pelecanos's books get into your blood like a shot and a beer after a third shift. Definitely my favorite writer working today.--Peter Farrelly, author of Outside Providence

He is among the finest ten or twelve novelists working in the U.S. today. . . . [a] Balzacian figure so intent upon rendering this nation's whole ramshackle, impossible urban life over the past half-century. "James Sallis, from his introduction"

Pelecanos writes hard-boiled prose full of music and pain, like he just might be in charge of saving his characters' souls. The Big Blowdown is his Once Upon a Time in D.C.'---a big book with drive and savagery, and elegance too. Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn

A charged page-turner . . . With stylistic panache and forceful conviction, Pelecanos delivers a darkly powerful story of the American city. "Publishers Weekly [starred review]"

Pelecanos's books get into your blood like a shot and a beer after a third shift. Definitely my favorite writer working today. Peter Farrelly, author of Outside Providence

A snazzy Lincoln Zephyr of a novel. "Les Whitten, Washington Post Book World"

Bold and broad-shouldered, a crime epic filled with passionate characters and the gritty life of the street. . . . Pelecanos lifted me from my chair and hurled me right into the mean D.C. streets of the 1950s. Bravo! T. Jefferson Parker, author of The Blue Hour

One of those writers whose books I would never miss. Harlan Ellison, author of Mephisto in Onyx

To miss out on Pelecanos would be criminal. Barry Gifford, author of Wild at Heart"

He is among the finest ten or twelve novelists working in the U.S. today. . . . [a] Balzacian figure so intent upon rendering this nation's whole ramshackle, impossible urban life over the past half-century. James Sallis, from his introduction

Pelecanos writes hard-boiled prose full of music and pain, like he just might be in charge of saving his characters' souls. The Big Blowdown is his Once Upon a Time in D.C.'---a big book with drive and savagery, and elegance too. Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn

A charged page-turner . . . With stylistic panache and forceful conviction, Pelecanos delivers a darkly powerful story of the American city. Publishers Weekly [starred review]

Pelecanos's books get into your blood like a shot and a beer after a third shift. Definitely my favorite writer working today. Peter Farrelly, author of Outside Providence

A snazzy Lincoln Zephyr of a novel. Les Whitten, Washington Post Book World

Bold and broad-shouldered, a crime epic filled with passionate characters and the gritty life of the street. . . . Pelecanos lifted me from my chair and hurled me right into the mean D.C. streets of the 1950s. Bravo! T. Jefferson Parker, author of The Blue Hour

One of those writers whose books I would never miss. Harlan Ellison, author of Mephisto in Onyx

To miss out on Pelecanos would be criminal. Barry Gifford, author of Wild at Heart

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"He is among the finest ten or twelve novelists working in the U.S. today. . . . [a] Balzacian figure so intent upon rendering this nation's whole ramshackle, impossible urban life over the past half-century." --James Sallis, from his introduction

"Pelecanos writes hard-boiled prose full of music and pain, like he just might be in charge of saving his characters' souls. The Big Blowdown is his Once Upon a Time in D.C.'---a big book with drive and savagery, and elegance too." --Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn

"A charged page-turner . . . With stylistic panache and forceful conviction, Pelecanos delivers a darkly powerful story of the American city." --Publishers Weekly [starred review]

"Pelecanos's books get into your blood like a shot and a beer after a third shift. Definitely my favorite writer working today." --Peter Farrelly, author of Outside Providence

"A snazzy Lincoln Zephyr of a novel." --Les Whitten, Washington Post Book World

"Bold and broad-shouldered, a crime epic filled with passionate characters and the gritty life of the street. . . . Pelecanos lifted me from my chair and hurled me right into the mean D.C. streets of the 1950s. Bravo!" --T. Jefferson Parker, author of The Blue Hour

"One of those writers whose books I would never miss." --Harlan Ellison, author of Mephisto in Onyx

"To miss out on Pelecanos would be criminal." --Barry Gifford, author of Wild at Heart

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