The Cut

The Cut By George P. Pelecanos, The Cut Crime fiction writer George Pelecanos introduces Spero Lucas an anti hero making his place in the world one battle at a time Includes a bonus work of short fiction focusing on Spero s early life Sper
  • Title: The Cut
  • Author: George P. Pelecanos
  • ISBN: 9780316078429
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Cut By George P. Pelecanos, Crime fiction writer George Pelecanos introduces Spero Lucas, an anti hero making his place in the world one battle at a time Includes a bonus work of short fiction focusing on Spero s early life.Spero Lucas has a new line of work Since he returned home to Washington, D.C after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney He s good aCrime fiction writer George Pelecanos introduces Spero Lucas, an anti hero making his place in the world one battle at a time Includes a bonus work of short fiction focusing on Spero s early life.Spero Lucas has a new line of work Since he returned home to Washington, D.C 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 forty 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 Spero 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 The first in a 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
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    1. George P. Pelecanos

      George P Pelecanos born 1957 in Washington, D.C is an American author of detective fiction set primarily in the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C He is also a film and television producer and a television writer He has worked extensively on the HBO series The Wire His novels use an ensemble cast of characters, following their exploits across several generations While there are some elements of redemption for these characters, Pelecanos tends to focus on hard luck, small time criminals and crooked cops whose only way to survive on the crime infested streets of D.C is to get over any way they can His gritty depiction of street life spanning from the late 1960 s to the present puts him in the running as an heir to the work of Jim Thompson and James M Cain.

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    1. When an imprisoned drug dealer hires Spero Lucas to find out who s been stealing his product, Spero takes the case Can Spero recover the stolen weed and collect his forty percent The Cut is a breezy crime tale that reads as smoothly as an El Leonard Pelecanos makes Washington DC as much of a character as Leonard does with Detroit and Miami Spero Lucas is a compelling lead, an ex marine who works as an investigator The drug case he s taken quickly spirals out of control However, the case wasn t a [...]

    2. After several stand alone literary crime novels and working on television shows like The Wire and Treme, it looks like George Pelecanos is getting back into series mode, and he s created a helluva main character who I hope we will be seeing in many, many books to come.Spero Lucas is a young veteran of the Iraq war who now works as an investigator for a defense attorney, but Spero also moonlights in recovering stolen property for 40% of the value A big time pot dealer is awaiting trial in jail, a [...]

    3. The Cut introduces Spero Lucas, a new protagonist from George Pelecanos, the creator of such venerable characters as Derek Strange and Nick Stefanos And as much as I ve enjoyed those other characters, I can t wait to read books featuring this one.Spero Lucas is in his late twenties, an ex Marine recently returned home to Washington, D.C from the war in Iraq He grew up in a racially mixed household where his Greek American parents adopted three of their four children He s devoted to the memory o [...]

    4. Shortly after returning home following a stint in the U.S Marines, Spero Lucas took up working as a freelance investigator Occasionally picking up work for a prominent defence attorney in Washington D.C, Lucas helped to clear a case involving the son of an imprisoned drug dealer Impressed with his work, said drug dealer offers Lucas another job investigate several thefts of high priced product.I ve been recommended novels by George Pelecanos in the past but the sheer volume of novels sitting on [...]

    5. After a couple or a few or however many dramatic novels with a bit of a crime edge George Pelecanos is returning to the formulaic detective type form of his earlier novels The main character is a young Iraq War veteran who does some freelance investigative work for defense attorneys and also makes a bit of money by finding things for people In the case of this book he is looking to find quite a bit of marijuana that has been stolen from a local weed kingpin Like in most of Pelecanos s work that [...]

    6. I think I expected something literary, so I was disappointed by the stock characters and all the paragraphs full of boring to me details Honestly, why name every street Spero takes to get from location to location Does anyone doubt that you know the names of streets in Washington, Mr Pelecanos And why name every brand of every piece of clothing worn Why name every musician Spero listens to All of this came off as so much name dropping to me, as clunky as a paid product placement If you took out [...]

    7. I normally love anything Pelecanos writes, but this one was a disappointment The plot was fine Spero Lucas is hired to investigate the disappearance of some drug shipments.Chaos and a body count ensue.BUT, I m either getting much smarter or George is getting predictable Yeah, I ll have to go with the second theory too The book held few surprises for me, and I could smell it a mile away when someone was about to get a bullet in the brain On the plus side, all the good stuff I ve learned to expec [...]

    8. This is my second go at a Pelecanos novel, there is a lot of praise for his work and positive comments on the cover Still though, and the same i felt the last time I read one of his novels, it seems the storytelling is missing that extra something The writing is good and some nice dialogue and dilemmas included in the story The main protagonist was a likeable character I would like to read of It is the main case that he was on the pursuit of that became slightly boring, the rest of the story wa [...]

    9. With El Leonard gone, who is the heir to the throne I nominate George Pelecanos Urban, tough, cool, gritty, smooth, and real Real You know, that sense when you re reading fiction and the characters and situations pop out and grab you Their point of view is rock solid Leonard s early works are among my favorites 52 Pick Up, Unknown Man No 89, The Switch, City Primeval and to me The Cut echoes those early stories to a T In fact, Spero Lucas brother Leonidas is teaching Unknown Man No 89 is his hig [...]

    10. Meh It s OK It s also frustrating, because Pelecanos is a real good writer I just got through reading an excellent short story by him in USA Noir, titled The Confidential Informant Not an imaginative title, true, but the quality of the writing moves that story beyond genre, and could easily have appeared in your better literary journals It s tone reminded me of Hemingway s The Killers Given a small canvas, Pelecanos can paint a hard masterpiece His novels and I ve read several now , are often fl [...]

    11. Audio the story, the characters, and the colloquial language wasn t my cup of tea Tim rated the next one higher so I ll try that.

    12. George Pelacanos introduces us to a new series hero in The Cut Spero Lucas is an Iraqi War veteran currently working as an unlicensed investigator for a criminal defense attorney in his hometown of Washington, DC The adopted child of a Greek American family, Lucas grew up in a blended family with his two brothers and sister A savvy man, Spero has seen a lot in his 29 years Back from the Middle East, he hustled to make a living taking odd jobs doing security, limousine driving and bouncing before [...]

    13. LE STRADE DI CASAIn questo romanzo Pelecanos introduce il personaggio di Spero Lucas, veterano dell Iraq e investigatore privato senza licenza, destinato a essere protagonista di altre storie in US gi lstata pubblicata la seconda Ma non credo che la legger , preferisco Pelecanos quando si cimenta in storie singole, senza prequel sequel spin off crossover drama format ecc.Ancora e sempre Washington, set prediletto di Pelecanos, citt che conosce meglio delle sue tasche.Ancora toponomastica e itine [...]

    14. Spero Lucas is pretty different as a lead in this kind of series at 29 years he is young Felt weird reading about him when the norm is 40 50 years old men in this genre Pelecanos had it easier making me relate to him since we are the exact same age I liked Lucas despite he is immature in his realationships but that i found to be belieavable He is somewhat amoral and i liked how realisticly it was that he isnt some PI hero when you know his backround It will be interesting to see if he grows as a [...]

    15. George Pelecanos new fictional character is Spero Lucas, a sort of P.I who does material recoveries for a 40% fee or cut, if you will Think Travis McGee Young Spero is an ex Marine back from hard combat seen in Iraq, and he still has some emotional issues to iron out The usual GP cars, guns, music, landmarks, streets, and family are included in The Cut I especially liked Spero s brother Leo who teaches English at Cardoza High School I wish I d had an English teacher covering books authored by Ri [...]

    16. Burned through this one Not because it was awesome, but because the writing is so simple, the plot so basic this is no Travis McGee, and Pelacanos is no MacDonald Maybe he thought he had to talk down to suit the genre I kinda thought since The Wire is so good, this would blow me away with a hyper realistic take on the hard boiled crime book I found there to be a lot of clumsy moralizing, some very simply drawn characters, and a penchant for naming every clothing brand ever I was really disappoin [...]

    17. There is a lot of Derek Strange to Pelecanos new series PI Spero Lucas From his appreciation of music, clothing, and the finer sex to the deep seeding yearning to make the world a better place What separates Lucas from Strange is obvious, age, it felt as though Pelecanos wasn t done with Strange and wanted an avenue to continue the character through a younger modernised rendition For those who love Derek Strange as I do this is fantastic I enjoyed drawing parallels between the two but also liked [...]

    18. I m not going to lie, it was hard for me to root for Spero Lucas when it seemed like he was going to get Ernest killed, all because he had to go after Rooster Who doesn t expect the precocious film loving youth to get offed in books like these Come to think of it, I was worried about all his combat buddies when they were working with him, so I suppose kudos go to Pelecanos for writing characters for whom I can clutch my pearls Kudos also for a fabulous little twist ending that put the extra star [...]

    19. She was dark haired, fully curved, and effortlessly attractive.Woman as sex object on page eight Must be George Pelecanos In spite of that, Pelecanos is the only author I have a complete set for and buy the books as they come out As I start this new book, published in August 2011, I wonder if I am beginning to wear out on George P When I lived in metro DC he was the only crime writer I read He used to be my walk on the dark side Recently I have been reading quite a few mystery and crime authors [...]

    20. When I grew up in Washington, D.C 50s, 60s the streets were mean but manageable You weren t under constant threat, exactly, but you had to have your wits about you if you didn t get street smart you stayed home or moved to the suburbs It was then a very high crime city in the air, not the air conditioning, the way it seems now and usually vied with bigger urban names Detroit, New York to be each year s murder capital De facto segregation had a strong hold and racial tensions were high Though I l [...]

    21. I love times like this when I find a new to me author who has a long backlist for me to read as well I won this book from LibraryThing Since I hadn t read Pelecanos before, I was a little concerned, but all is well I loved this book and this hero Can t wait to find the rest of his books to read.The hero is Spero Lucas Now all this may be familiar to you, but if not, Lucas is a Marine Corp vet who served in Iraq Now he works as an investigator for a lawyer and, as in this instance, occasionally t [...]

    22. Iraq vet Spero Lucas, living in DC, makes money doing jobs for a defense attorney He also runs a side business recovering stolen property When a weed dealer asks him to recover some stolen packages worth a hundred grand each, Lucas gets on the case Two dead hustlers later, Lucas realizes that this case involves dirty cops and some bad guys willing to murder to keep the money flowing, and they know who he is Relying on his training, some vet buddies, and a deep seated, barely formulated rage at i [...]

    23. Pelecanos, George THE CUT 2011 I ve always maintained that if you took away his street map of Washington, D.C and forbid him to talk about musical groups that most of us never heard of, Pelecanos novels would end up being eight page pamphlets His latest thriller, featuring a new protagonist, Spero Lucas, an ex Marine who fought in Iraq, is another case in point The author knows how to write thrillers, though, and this is another one sure to become a best seller Lucas works freelance, making his [...]

    24. If you like to know what your investigator wears, what he eats and where he eats at all times, you should love this novel Not being up on DC geography, I did not need to know where Spero Lucas was walking and exactly what streets he took I did not need to know how he was dressed or how the bad guys were dressed, in meticulous detail I did not need a complete description of the food and the restaurant, each time Spero took a meal In between these descriptions some interesting action scenes occurr [...]

    25. George Pelecanos who is a writer and producer of The Wire has a very good ear for street dialogue Therefore, his bad guys and good guys in his novel sound quite natural The story is good, and his main character, Spero Lucas, an ex marine turned private investigator, is a good one I especially loved that Lucas s brother Leo is teacher who has his kids reading, among others, The Hunter, a Parker novel He quotes lines to his class about the description of Parker This is a great way for Pelecanos to [...]

    26. Very good introduction to the character Spero Lucas I don t know how the actual books read, but the guy that does the reading for the audio books is phenomenal I was drawn in by his speech patterns and delivery He brought the characters to life.

    27. First, this is a finely crafted genre book by a skilled writer, which means it was fun, but was never going to be the life changing, epiphanic, near religious experience of Leaving the Atocha Station But it clipped along, easily held my attention, and was fun to read.Second, what I really took away from this novel, the first by Pelecanos I d read, is what a strange and weird writer he is I don t mean strange and weird as in brilliantly unexpected and transcendent I mean strange and weird as in s [...]

    28. George Pelacanos is definitely my favorite living author next to Stephen King and Tom Wolfe His crime capers are cleanly written and full of rich dialogue and interesting characters It s no wonder that The Wire was such a sharp show with him behind the keyboard This is the third book I ve read of his, and it s another winner That said, I think it s the least inspired of the books I ve read so far The story concerns a Iraqi war veteran who has come home and is doing some freelance investigating H [...]

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