By George Pelecanos

Brand new tales through: George Pelecanos, James Grady, Kenji Jasper, Jim Beane, Jabari Asim, Ruben Castaneda, James Patton, Norman Kelley, Jennifer Howard, Richard Currey, Lester Irby, and others.

Mystery sensation Pelecanos pens the lead story and edits this groundbreaking choice of tales detailing the seedy underside of the nation's capital. this isn't an anthology of ill-conceived and inauthentic political thrillers. as a substitute, in D.C. Noir, pimps, whores, gangsters, and con-men run rampant in zones of this urban that almost all by no means pay attention about.

"From the Chevy Chase housewife who commits a surprising act to the watchful bum keeping Georgetown road owners, the tome bargains a startling glimpse into the cityscape's darkest corners...Fans of the [noir] style will locate good writing, palpable stress and shock endings."
Washington Post

"Every tale during this all-original noir anthology set within the nation's capital is well-written."
Publishers Weekly

"Imbued with numerous collective years of neighborhood experience."
Washington urban Paper

"[Pelecanos] has assembled a compelling mixture of ex-convicts, retired cops, former crime beat newshounds and some writing execs keen to show their storytelling eye, even if jaundiced or smooth, inward towards the neighborhood...Local haunts and hangouts are lovingly drawn."
Washington Times

"Pick up a duplicate of the publication D.C. Noir...and organize to be transported to another D.C. that the travelers see...Pure Washingtonian."
Washingtonian

"Those searching for redemption in humanity may do good to appear somewhere else, yet this set of gritty city stories, written with the entire needful touches of shadow and fog of the noir masters, is a unprecedented reduce for crime aficionados and will pique the curiosity of somebody who calls the darkish urban home."
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After all, he'd seen you around the way and knew you were no joke. Truth be told, he even made it so he lost the first game or two of the previous series just to make you feel comfortable, just so you could feel like he was an easy mark. You took in all the words, but you didn't really understand them, except for when he said that he had a problem he wanted you to help him with. "What you mean you want me to help you? I don't know you, nigga," was your response. "It's ten G's in it for you," he replied.

The neighbors filed in car by car. By midnight all the lights in their cribs had gone dark. Nobody went in or out of D's place either. It seemed deserted, just like Butchie said it'd be. All you had to do was go in and get rich. Dante decided to stay in the car. Sean told him to honk the horn twice if somebody was comin'. Baba went around the back to make sure nobody was gonna sneak in from the rear. Sean was gonna stay at the front gate. You and Rodney were gonna go up the steps, turn the key, and stuff the Jansport you used for your books with more cash than you'd held in your seventeen years on the planet.

C. W. I was in the waiting area of the Veteran's Hospital emergency room off North Capitol Street, seeing to my father, when Detective Tony Barnes hit me back on my cell. My father had laid his head down on the crossbar of his walker, and it was going to be awhile before someone came and called his name. I walked the phone outside and lit myself a smoke. " said Barnes. " I wasn't about to give Barnes no information without feeling some of his cash money in my hand. " "My pops took ill. make it 9:00.

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