Re: RARA-AVIS: Big hardboiled epics

From: William Denton (
Date: 28 Sep 2004

On 28 September 2004, wrote:

: First, there's the DC Quartet by George Pelecanos, which follows
: characters over several decades.

I thought of Pelecanos, but of his entire body of work (well, in books, not TV) which is a huge vast portrait of Washington over 60 years, more like Balzac's Human Comedy. (I say that never having read any Balzac and only having the tiniest idea what I'm talking about, but Wikipedia says he's known for hard work, realistic prose, and as a recorder of his age, which certainly fits Pelecanos). But you're right, the DC Quartet fits as a hardboiled epic, considered independent of his other books.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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