Shoedog, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Constantine is a drifter with a lot of miles behind him, a lot more ahead and plenty of jobs in between that never showed up on anyone's books. Back in his home town, he hitches a ride on a bright spring morning with a little man named Polk.

There's one stop Polk needs to make, and it changes Constantine's life forever. Like the kind of cars they don't make anymore and the kind of songs they don't sing, Shoedog has the style, rhythm and muscle of a classic.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781846687365



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A standalone novel from Pelecanos originally published in '94 but reprinted to capitalise on the name recognition afforded him by his involvement with "The Wire". This reminds me of two things one being Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" involving as it does a heist gone wrong but also showing the background of the participants and how they're brought together and the interaction between them driven by their own circumstances. It also reminds me of James Sallis' "Drive" but executed much better here. The usual Pelecanos trademarks of being centred around DC and frequent namechecks to the music of the characters' eras are all present and correct. If you're a recent convert to Pelecanos this dip into his back catologue is well worth the effort.

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