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
Will read just about anything. Favourites include Tom Robbins, Umberto Eco, Michael Connelly, Chris Brookmyre, Julian Barnes, James Joyce, Tim Butcher, Barbara Kingsolver, Ettienne van Heerden, Deon Meyer and ....
Clever thriller with a believable protagonist - he's Black, he's Greek, he's adopted, it works.
Wouldn't change a thing.
This is one of my favourite books by Pelecanos.
Difficult to say which scene was my favourite. Probably him and his mom or the final shoot-out.
No doubt. Methinks there are plenty readers waiting for Spero Lucas to show up again.
Light, quick, plausible and well read.
A better story.
Written much shorter and less boring introduction.
Hearing him saying "said Lucas" many hundred times after short few word lines almost turned this book to a cartoon.
Pelecanos use to be a good author, and I've never complained about his other books.
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.
People who like their characters and plots to be simple and predictable.
Not sure. It needed a better book.
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.
Not in audiobook.
Yes! Too many forced and fake voices for me.
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.
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