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The Cut: Spero Lucas, Book 1 | [George Pelecanos]

The Cut: Spero Lucas, Book 1

Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney. He's good at it, and he has carved out a niche: recovering stolen property, no questions asked. His cut is 40 percent. But is any cut worth your family, your lover, your life?
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Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney. He's good at it, and he has carved out a niche: recovering stolen property, no questions asked. His cut is 40 percent.

A high-profile crime boss who has heard of Lucas's specialty hires him to find out who has been stealing from his operation. It's the biggest job Lucas has ever been offered, and he quickly gets a sense of what's going on. But before he can close in on what's been taken, he tangles with a world of men whose amorality and violence leave him reeling. Is any cut worth your family, your lover, your life?

Spero Lucas is George Pelecanos's greatest creation, a young man making his place in the world one battle and one mission at a time. The first in a new series of thrillers featuring Spero Lucas, The Cut is the latest confirmation of why George Pelecanos is "perhaps America's greatest living crime writer" (Stephen King).

©2011 George Pelecanos (P)2011 Hachette

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    Carl Vetlanda, Sweden 09-27-13
    Carl Vetlanda, Sweden 09-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not of average George Pelecanos standard"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story.


    What could George Pelecanos have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written much shorter and less boring introduction.


    What didn’t you like about Dion Graham’s performance?

    Hearing him saying "said Lucas" many hundred times after short few word lines almost turned this book to a cartoon.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Pelecanos use to be a good author, and I've never complained about his other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened and enjoyed several other George Pelecanos books but this one was different, indeed. With only a few seconds between all these "said Lucas" and "said Leo or said somebody else" was, so far, the worst performance in my opinion.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Madison, WI, United States 02-20-14
    Mary Madison, WI, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Stereotypes, caricatures and cliches"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like their characters and plots to be simple and predictable.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George Pelecanos again?

    Probably not.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure. It needed a better book.


    What character would you cut from The Cut?

    Spero Lucas


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I've read from Pelecanos. It will be the last. Is there any character that isn't a caricature or stereotype? Could it be any less predictable? I don't think so. A good mystery writer should first be a good writer.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Ohio, USA 07-23-12
    Daniel Ohio, USA 07-23-12 Member Since 2011

    Dan

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    "Don't believe everything you hear"
    Would you recommend The Cut to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not in audiobook.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dion Graham?

    Yes! Too many forced and fake voices for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I heard only great things about Pelecanos, and loved his contributions on the show "The Wire" and thought I would give this novel a try. My biggest issue is with the narrator, which most likely killed my enjoyment of the novel. The story was in interesting but not so unpredicatable I was ever truly surprised as events unfold.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane United States 03-15-14
    Jane United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Just okay in my book."

    I don't feel that it was a waste of a credit to buy this book, but I don't see me buying book 2 either. It was okay.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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