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 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
In Pelecanos's latest, ex-Marine Spero Lucas, returned from Iraq, is trying to maintain some semblance of humanity and morality while sleuthing on the mean streets of Washington, D.C. Soon he finds himself accepting a job from a notorious crime boss and descending into a world of violence and intrigue. Narrator Dion Graham lends each character including Lucas, his no-nonsense mother, his well-educated African-American stepbrother, his sullen convict client, and a couple of na ve thieves a distinctive, appropriate voice. Graham also shines in his rendering of the author's lively, naturalistic dialogue, while his oddly fluctuating, almost singsong narration becomes less and less distracting as the action ramps up, with Lucas searching for a cache of stolen drugs and his place in civilian life. A Little, Brown/Reagan Arthur Books hardcover.
I enjoyed the book. I agree there was excessive details about local streets and establishments, along with Spero being a little to perfect in regards to "one man army" - not enough experience to take on three thugs with no harm to him. But, I would like to see Pelecanos' continue to the muture and develop this character. I would definitely purchase another Spero novel.
Lucas was a bit too perfect physically and only moderately conflicted by his past in the Middle East. However, it was an enjoyable read if not a tour de force.
Loved the character, Lucas, and especially his Greek heritage.