A Sneak Peek at George Pelecanos’ Latest Book

Patrick Millikin, Customer Service Manager at the Poisoned Pen, is the perfect one to write about George Pelecanos and his latest book, The Man Who Came Uptown. Patrick is the staff noir expert, as well as the editor of Phoenix Noir and The Highway Kind. Millikin’s latest article for Publishers Weekly is “George Pelecanos Knows Why Inmates Need Books.” The article can be found here. https://bit.ly/2ByckDy

George Pelecanos
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Millikin’s article is timed just before the September 4 release of Pelecanos’ new book, The Man Who Came Uptown. The book will be the Poisoned Pen’s October Modern First Clubs Pick, however you can preorder a signed copy of that book, or copies of Pelecanos’ other ones through the Web Store. https://bit.ly/2BKcQie

Here’s the summary of The Man Who Came Uptown.

In bestselling and Emmy-nominated writer George Pelecanos’ “taut and suspenseful” new novel, an ex-offender must choose between the man who got him out and the woman who showed him another path (Booklist, Starred Review)

Michael Hudson spends the long days in prison devouring books given to him by the prison’s librarian, a young woman named Anna who develops a soft spot for her best student. Anna keeps passing Michael books until one day he disappears, suddenly released after a private detective manipulated a witness in Michael’s trial.

Outside, Michael encounters a Washington, D.C. that has changed a lot during his time locked up. Once shady storefronts are now trendy beer gardens and flower shops. But what hasn’t changed is the hard choice between the temptation of crime and doing what’s right. Trying to balance his new job, his love of reading, and the debt he owes to the man who got him released, Michael struggles to figure out his place in this new world before he loses control.
Smart and fast-paced, The Man Who Came Uptown brings Washington, D.C. to life in a high-stakes story of tough choices.