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From the writer of the HBO series Treme and The Wire comes a brand new collection of short stories

What really goes on beneath the surface of a city?

There’s the slum kid whose basketball skills earn him loyal friends and bitter rivals. The police informant grappling with his own sick conscience. A helpless young drug dealer watches as violence seeps into the lives of those who he cares about. And a writer on a TV cop show who finds drama and reality are colliding much too close to home.

Corruption, revenge, honour, sacrifice and the fight to survive.

Dark, fast-paced and crackling with energy, these stories expose the violence and darkness on the streets of any city. Gritty and hard-hitting, THE MARTINI SHOT is Pelecanos at his very best.


Even if you didn't know that Pelecanos is a hotshot screenwriter - his CV includes The Wire, The Pacific and Treme - you would soon guess so as you tore through these tough and slangy tales of drugs and death .... Pelecanos knows how to make every word count.
For anyone who has somehow missed out on Pelecanos, he is up there with Elmore Leonard and even Chandler
Pelecanos displays a ferocious understanding of street reality and an empathy for America's downtrodden