Re: RARA-AVIS: Big hardboiled epics

Date: 28 Sep 2004

Bill wrote:

"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'm sure George would be flattered by your description. At last week's in store appearance, he said that was his goal, to document life in DC over the past several decades. And that is why he is so meticulous wth his research. He claimed that he is very careful with the specific period details (some, but not me, complain that he's too specific, overloading on brand names and musical references, for instance) and that if there are any mistakes, they are few and minor.

He talked a little about his research. All of that brand name detail comes from looking at the ads in newspapers of the time. He gets the feel of the time, though, from extensive interviewing of people who lived through the events he focuses on. He said people are very happy to talk to him and tell him some incredible stuff since they know he's writing fiction, so their names won't appear in the finished product.


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