By George Pelecanos
Mystery sensation Pelecanos pens the lead story and edits this groundbreaking number of tales detailing the seedy underside of the nation's capital. this isn't an anthology of ill-conceived and inauthentic political thrillers. in its place, in D.C. Noir, pimps, whores, gangsters, and con-men run rampant in zones of this urban that almost all by no means pay attention about.
"From the Chevy Chase housewife who commits a stunning act to the watchful bum preserving Georgetown highway owners, the tome deals a startling glimpse into the cityscape's darkest corners...Fans of the [noir] style will locate strong writing, palpable stress and shock endings."
"Every tale during this all-original noir anthology set within the nation's capital is well-written."
"Imbued with numerous collective years of neighborhood experience."
—Washington urban Paper
"[Pelecanos] has assembled a compelling mixture of ex-convicts, retired law enforcement officials, former crime beat newshounds and some writing execs keen to show their storytelling eye, even if jaundiced or gentle, inward towards the neighborhood...Local haunts and hangouts are lovingly drawn."
"Pick up a replica of the publication D.C. Noir...and arrange to be transported to another D.C. that the travelers see...Pure Washingtonian."
"Those searching for redemption in humanity may do good to appear in different places, yet this set of gritty city stories, written with all of the considered necessary touches of shadow and fog of the noir masters, is an extraordinary minimize for crime aficionados and will pique the curiosity of someone who calls the darkish urban home."
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2. "I don't know about this shit," Sean had grumbled as he passed you the remains of the blunt. Babatunde and Dante were on the other couch and Fat Rodney was upstairs cooking Steak-ums in the kitchen. If you were going to do this, you weren't doing it alone. So you got the crew together and sat them down in your mother's basement. These were the only dudes you trusted in the whole world. "Me neither," Dante added. " "But then again, this nigga sounds weak," Baba fired back. "You know, like the kinda dude ain't never thrown a punch in his life.
Me and Robert Taylor walked out the shop. On the snow-covered sidewalk I handed Robert his bottle of fortified. I knew he'd be heading west into Columbia Heights, where he stays with an ugly-looking woman and her kids. " "What you think? " "They got Coach Gibbs. " Robert lifted his chin. " He went on his way. I crossed Georgia Avenue, quick-stepping out the way of a Ford that was fishtailing in the street. I thought about getting rid of my Bullets cap, in case Marquise and them came up on me, but I was fond of it, and I could not let it go.
They got Coach Gibbs. " Robert lifted his chin. " He went on his way. I crossed Georgia Avenue, quick-stepping out the way of a Ford that was fishtailing in the street. I thought about getting rid of my Bullets cap, in case Marquise and them came up on me, but I was fond of it, and I could not let it go. I unscrewed the top off the Night Train as I went along, taking a deep pull and feeling it warm my chest. Heading up Otis, I saw ragged silver dollars drifting down through the light of the streetlamps.