This is a novel placed in Washington D.C. with characters that you havenít
seen before. The people in SHAME THE DEVIL run the gamut and include
more than one Greek. The reader enjoys a true depiction of D.C. and
Iím not talking about politicians. This book is about the people. The
choreography of the book is original and especially interesting because
it has a circular movement, like a slow moving tornado. There is a growing
realization of how one personís bad decision affected the lives of so
many others. Like a pebble dropped in still water there is an exponential
ripple effect. This is a story of discovery, revelation, damnation and
redemption. Tell the truth and shame the devil. Thatís exactly what
this novel does. If you donít like rough language or the graphic description
of food likened to womenís genitalia then maybe this book is not for
you. But if you like tough guys and action, or if youíre a mite nostalgic
for music of your time or dig fast cars and loose women maybe you should
check it out. The author, George Pelecanos, is enjoying the limelight
right now, though itís not as if his talent has been hiding out somewhere.
He has recently been featured on televisionís SUNDAY MORNING, been written
up as one of crime novels literary greats in the NEW YORK TIMES and
heís suddenly become the voice of crime fiction. Or perhaps it is not
so sudden, after all, he has written ten books and thereís more to come.
Rumor has it thereís a movie-deal in the makings. I tell you it would
be a shame to be ignorant of his work. George Pelecanos is truly an
American crime writer. SHAME THE DEVIL is a pretty good book.