By George Pelecanos
Because the advertisements director of Nutty Nathan's, Nick Stefanos is aware all of the methods of the electronics enterprise. Blow-out revenues and shady bargains have been his existence. whilst one of many stockboys disappears, it's now not information: simply one other metalhead who went off chasing a few dream of huge cash and simple residing. however the child reminded Nick of himself twelve years in the past: an indignant punk addicted to pace steel and the short existence. So while the boy's grandfather begs Nick to discover the child, Nick says he'll test. A Firing Offense, Nick Stefanos' debut, exhibits why, as Barry Gifford places it, "To fail to see Pelecanos will be criminal."
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Extra info for A Firing Offense (Nick Stefanos Series, Book 1)
See also Classical Music Bergen, Marty In the second Lloyd Hopkins novel, Because the Night, Marty Bergen is a former LAPD ofﬁcer who has been ﬁred for “cowardice under ﬁre” (4). Bergen becomes a writer for the Big Orange Insider, penning several pieces that are critical of the LAPD. But Bergen also is best friends with “Jungle” Jack Herzog, an exemplary cop who has disappeared. Bergen knows that Herzog has committed suicide, deeply ashamed of the homosexual longings he experiences in connection to Bergen.
These tensions mo- mentarily boil over when Upshaw arranges to be appointed supervisor of a joint LAPD/LASD task force investigating the triple murders. ” When Upshaw reminds him that breaking the case will be “good for our careers,” Niles immediately retorts: “For your career, sonny. You’ve got some deal with some Jew DA downtown” (179, emphasis in original). Niles’s anger is not only a rejection of the Upshaw’s authority but also an expression of class and race resentment: Niles knows that he will not be promoted; his career has already been “stalemated” by his connection to the Brenda Allen scandal.
Yet at the same time, he continually identiﬁes with and becomes jealous of Hopkins. In recruiting a prostitute to star in what will turn out to be a snuff ﬁlm, Havilland introduces himself as “Lloyd” (134, 168), and after Oldﬁeld’s staged shooting, a witness tells Hopkins that Havilland “looked kinda like you” (214). As the Ferris wheel turns and turns again, father and son are continually locked in an Oedipal struggle. Ultimately, the cycle seems to be broken when Hopkins ﬁnally defeats Havilland, beating him with the butt of his gun.
A Firing Offense (Nick Stefanos Series, Book 1) by George Pelecanos