Re: RARA-AVIS: Pelecanos's Shoedog

From: E.Borgers (
Date: 08 Sep 2004

SHOEDOG is the worst novel by Pelecanos I read. I really didn't like it at all and I didn't read other novels by Pelecanos for years because of that (I finally changed my mind about further reading, mainly because later recommendations on this list). I remember when I red it some years ago I had the feeling of a
"book-direct-for-movie" (type of mystery books that some publishers like to ask from beginners and other authors to minimize their risks...) but here Shoedog seemed like it was pushed to the extreme of preparation for that goal.

I was right at least for the "script" feeling. I read much later in an interview with Pelecanos that Shoedog was originally a script that was rejected by producers and that Pelecanos modified to publish it as a novel. The modifications must have been minimal and the result is an awful HB/noir novel, unbalanced and pointless.

E.Borgers Hard Boiled Mysteries :

>I was in a Borders today and noticed that Shoedog is out in mass
>paperback. So if anyone's looking for it, it's finally available again.

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