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Free download º The Martini Shot 107 ´ [Ebook] ➤ The Martini Shot Author George Pelecanos – Insolpro.co.uk Short stories and a novella from one of crime fiction's most revered writersGeorge Pelecanos gets inside the minds and hearts of a cast of indelible characters from the adoptive parents of Spero Lucas Short stories and a novelOm Miami to Brazil only to be thrown off his game by a kid from the local slum An aging loser takes a last stab at respectability by becoming a police informant A Greek American couple adopts an interracial trio of sons and then struggles to keep their family together giving us a stirring bit of background on one of Pelecanos' most beloved protagonists Spero Lucas In the title novella which takes its name from Hollywood slang for the last shot of the day the one that comes before the liuor shots begin we go behind the scenes of a television cop show where a writer gets caught up in a drama real than anything he could have conjured for a scri. Have I said before that I love Pelecanos I might have That aside this book was somewhat disappointing Most of the short stories were pretty good with a couple being well above average However the novella THE MARTINI SHOT was just a step above awful Pelecanos should not write sex scenes He's not good at it His sex scenes actually make me laugh He writes noir mysteries like nobody's business In fact I'd go so far as to say he's one of the 5 or 6 best doing it today but PLEASE leave the sex alone

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Circumstances that stack the deck against people who are just trying to make a decent life for themselves Gritty sexy fast paced humane THE MARTINI SHOT is Pelecanos at his very bestWhether they're cops or conmen savage killers or creative types gangsters or God fearing citizens George Pelecanos' characters are always engaged in a fight for their lives They fight to advance or simply to survive they fight against odds against enemies even against themselves In this his first collection of stories the acclaimed novelist introduces readers to a vivid and eclectic cast of combatantsA seasoned claims investigator tracks a supposedly dead man fr. George Pelecanos has been on my radar for a short time now seeing his name mentioned off and on as being a screenwriter for ‘The Wire’ and also a crime novelnoir writer of many novels so when GoodReads offered this short story collection with the title novella The Martini Shot included as an ARC giveaway I thought it would be a good introduction to his catalog Being his first published collection of short stories I must admit that I was enad by the uniue narratives and open ended style that I enjoyed so much from my trek into the world of Raymond Carver earlier this yearThroughout each short story there seems to be an underlying darkness not necessarily transparent in the beginning but brought to light as it comes to a halt with the writer’s punctuation mark; you are left to your own thoughts of why how or somewhere in betweenAs I have praised the short story collection I must also share my antipathy towards the titled novella The Martini Shot It comprises nearly 13 of the contents of said collection and fails to show any type of skill that the previous shared whether it be with creative context underlying message etc It uses just about every cliché when it comes to a story that’s perhaps part noirpart drama and tries to make itself into a harleuin romance from time to time If this is Pelecanos’s version of taking the piss he’s done a damn good job of it The best thing about it is that it’s the last story and not the first It’ll sell much better that wayWith that said it’s extremely hard for me to rate this collection as a whole considering what I’ve already said If I were to break it down the stories would receive a solid 4 star rating but I would hate to give this anything remotely so high to deceive the reader In regards to publishing this distinctive work of his would’ve been much better as a book of short stories and if someone wanted to make a few extra bucks feel free to dole out ‘The Martini Shot’ by itself Highlights include The Confidential Informant String Music and When You’re Hungry

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The Martini ShotShort stories and a novella from one of crime fiction's most revered writersGeorge Pelecanos gets inside the minds and hearts of a cast of indelible characters from the adoptive parents of Spero Lucas trying to expand and redefine their family to a young boy involved in a drug deal gone bad to a s immigrant dishwasher facing down a corrupt Pinkerton agent In the novella The Martini Shot Pelecanos takes readers behind the scenes of a cable TV cop show where a writer gets caught up in The Martini MOBI #10003 drama real than anything in a script Crackling with energy these stories bring readers to a new understanding of humanity modern life and. I might have liked this martini if it came with some blue cheese olivesOne of the things I love about Pelecanos is that he creates a great sense of time and place which makes his characters come alive and I was slightly worried about reading this collection because I wasn’t sure how well he could pull that off in short stories rather than novels The way he builds a character by describing the streets they walk the liuor they drink the music they hear and the restaurants they eat in didn’t seem like seemed like something that he could condense down easily However I was pleasantly surprised at just how well he was able to almost instantly create characters you felt like you understood whether it was a middle aged loser in an inner city trying to get his father’s respect by turning into a confidential informant to the cops or a ruthless insurance investigator chasing a lead to South AmericaMy favorite aspect was The Martini Shot novella which is the first person account of a TV writer working on a cop show in a rundown city who feels the need to get some justice for a friend who has been murdered Pelecanos’ has done some TV and film work Most notably his time as a producer and writer on The Wire and he made the whole day to day routine of working on a show interesting He also does some clever stuff with the main character blending the real and fictional together while giving us the idea that he kind of sees himself as the lead in a crime story he’s writing I’d be than happy to read an entire book with this setting and character My only complaint is that the sex scenes provided a graphic amount of detail that seem to cross over into soft core porn Maybe he was going for some of those 50 Shades of Grey readersThe short story I liked most provided the background of one Pelecanos' lead characters in a series Spero Lucas by telling us how he came to be adopted by his parents and what their family was like when he was a kid Those are things that have been touched on in the Lucas books but this added a lot of details that I enjoyed However the problem is that like the rest of this collection it really just made hungry for another Spero Lucas novelSo while Pelecanos has the ability to write short stories what I really wanted from almost everything I read here was Except for those sex scenes Then less would have been better It’s like Pelecanos is a great chef who makes entrees that make my mouth water but here he’s only offering a tray of appetizers They’re great to pop in your mouth with that martini but they don’t make for a full meal