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(04/07/2008) Nick's Trip: A Nick Stefanos Mystery by George P. Pelecanos. New York. 1993. St Martin's Press. keywords: Mystery America Washington DC. 276 pages. Jacket art by John Dawson. 0312088620. March 1993.

NICK'S TRIP continues the journey of Nick Stefanos, who looks for a friend's missing wife while tending bar and generally leading a life of dissolution. Sound wholesome? Not even close. But a hard-boiled novel of great power and heart, it definitely is.

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After his 'promising' (Kirkus Reviews} debut novel. A FIRING OFFENSE. George Pelecanos has come into his own with this complex and powerful new novel of virtue and betrayal. Nick Stefanos, having earned his P. I. license, quickly discovers that snapping photos of unfaithful husbands isn't his thing. Tending bar at the Spot, Nick is closing one night when his high school friend Billy Goodrich shows up. Billy's wife is gone. Nick says he'll find her. And with that first step. Nick sets out on a one-way path that'll take him through a sewer of theft and intrigue and love. Exceptionally moving and true-to-life, NICK'S TRIP is a virtuoso work from one of today's hottest voices in hard-boiled fiction. 'NICK'S TRIP is the kind of book you're always hoping to find and so rarely do. What an authentic, human voice. ' - James Sallis.

 

 

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