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Pelecanos, George P. . SHAME THE DEVIL. New York City, NY: Little, Brown & Company, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 300 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's eighth novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Pelecanos' novels are set in Washington, DC, prompting his most ardent followers to call him the Emile Zola of the nation's capital. "We find a society of grieving men and women connected by loss, betrayal, the need for revenge, and the shadowy presence of evil. In the aftermath of a botched armed robbery, a fair number of lives have been thrown into a downward spiral. The problems, however, come on faster and with more fury once the status quo sustaining the survivors has been breached by an ill-wishing and unwanted addition to their little group. Here are two favorite moments: In one, protagonist Dimitri Karras asks the name of a fellow bar patron. Hearing that he's called Happy, Karras comments that he doesn't look too happy. The answer: 'He's pacing himself'. The other: We hear the thoughts of the sociopathic villain: 'Some believed that incarceration was a mark of failure, but Frank disagreed. Prison was an essential element of any career criminal's education' " (Otto Penzler). "Pelecanos is that rare bird among Washington novelists, a writer who loves and knows the city he writes about" (Publishers Weekly). One of about five living American thriller writers who completely inhabit and transcend the genre at the same time. A "must-have" title for George P. Pelecanos collectors. This copy is prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by George P. Pelecanos. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GEORGE P. PELECANOS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0316695238. $50.00

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