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Sure, he strays from time to time—up to Baltimore to write and produce The Wire, or down to New Orleans to do the same for Treme—but eventually, George Pelecanos always returns to D.C. in his fiction. In last summer’s novel The Cut, Pelecanos sets a tale of crime and vengeance as grisly as he’s ever written against the backdrop of a gentrifying District. The word “hipster” never actually appears, but the book’s hero, Iraq war veteran-turned-private eye Spero Lucas, is a sort of antidote to the myopic little twits who have moved into town lately, and who spend most of the book blissfully ignorant of the darker business going on around them. (Yes, Lucas rides his bike around town, too, but he’s not wearing tweed when he does it.) Tonight, Pelecanos chats about and signs the book near the epicenter of the development that’s cropped up in the District—and into his novels—in the last decade.
Pelecanos discusses his book at 7:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Free. busboysandpoets.com. (202) 387-7638.