Re: RARA-AVIS: Pelecanos's Shoedog

From: E.Borgers (
Date: 09 Sep 2004


What I knew about the origin of SHOEDOG comes of course not from first rank info, and I do not know if the author of the transcript of the interview I read at that time ( on the Internet ) did change something in Pelecanos' explanations. Or did not get the right idea. But this is not common thing. At the time of this interview Pelecanos started to be well known in specialist circles, and increasingly by mystery readers, and he gave many lengthy interviews to different "websites" and mags on line. Now, maybe my word "script" was not technically right here, as there are so many levels and forms of the writing for a film before the detailed final "film stage script" (director's script). We could think of a kind of detailed synopsis, which is something rather common to propose ideas for films.

Anyway if he denies, we have to accept it. But this will not change my opinion about his novel, opinion I had before having heard of the "possible script" explanation.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

>While George has said on occasion that Shoedog was, in part, an homage
>to '70s films, it was never a script (I have this direct from him). His
>intent was an homage to the paperback originals he loves. The whole
>story behind the book is on his website ( Just
>click on the cover of Shoedog.

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