The Big Blowdown (D.C. Quartet Series #1)

The Big Blowdown (D.C. Quartet Series #1)

by George Pelecanos


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For Joey Recevo and Pete Karras, two kids from one of Washington's rougher neighborhoods, the easiest work to find after the War is all criminal—-providing a little muscle for a local boss. But Karris is soft on his fellow immigrants, and the boss can't let his mob get soft, so one of his boys gives Karras a painful lesson.

Three years later, it's the same mob that figures big Nick Stefanos's grill needs protection—-and this decision will once again bring Joey and Pete face-to-face. In this final confrontation, the two of them will find the meaning of friendship, the heart of honor, and the cost of both.

Powerfully told, elegantly wrought, George P. Pelecanos's The Big Blowdown is a knockout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312242916
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/24/1999
Series: D.C. Quartet Series , #1
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 463,409
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

George P. Pelecanos is the author of several novels, including Nick's Trip, The Sweet Forever, King Suckerman, and Shame the Devil. He lives and works in the Washington, D.C., environs.


Silver Spring, Maryland

Date of Birth:

February 18, 1957

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.


B.A., University of Maryland at College Park, 1980

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The Big Blowdown 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read from George Pelecanos, one of the best crime writers of all time. It is the first book of the D.C. Quartet. The writing style is great and belongs on the same shelf as any Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett novel. If you read this, and I hope you will, keep in mind that the actual novel is much more than what is just written in the summary, which is great because I feel that a lot feels more fresh and unspoiled to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taking a step away from his usual, and , tales on the mean streets of present day Washington D.C. , Pelacanos tells a wonderful story of friedships, betrayal and redemption of two friends who go to the War then return. It's one of the best novels i've read in the last two years. The ending is beautiful