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George Pelecanos' 'Martini Shot' short stories colorful but confined
George Pelecanos' 'Martini Shot' short stories colorful but confined

George Pelecanos is among our most prolific — and compelling — crime novelists, a writer who evokes his hometown of Washington, D.C., much as Dennis Lehane does with Boston or Michael Connelly Los Angeles: as a character in its own right. Complicated, riven by conflicts of race and class and identity, his Washington is not the city of the politicians but a more hardscrabble place in which the only law is that of survival and opportunity is often just another come-on, another lie. Such a Washington sits very much at the center of "The Martini Shot," Pelecanos' first volume of short fiction after 19 novels, which offers a primer of the author's themes and...

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