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The Cut (Spero Lucas Series #1)

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The Cut

Many said that George Pelecanos' later stand-alone novels were not as good as his, Stefanos, D.C. Quartet, and Strange/Quinn novels (no, they were not as good, but the ones that I have read were fantastic). The Cut brings with it a new character, Spero Lucas, a vet-tur...
Many said that George Pelecanos' later stand-alone novels were not as good as his, Stefanos, D.C. Quartet, and Strange/Quinn novels (no, they were not as good, but the ones that I have read were fantastic). The Cut brings with it a new character, Spero Lucas, a vet-turned investigator for a D.C. defense attorney. And what a character he is. In the only negative review I read, the critic complained about not knowing Lucas enough. For me, I knew him pretty well, and yes, there was some left to know about him, but as Pelecanos writes more books about Lucas, which he plans to do, Lucas will be more developed. The Cut brings Pelecanos back to his roots, a straight up action book that is pure fun. However, behind the action, there is a lot of heart. Pelecanos writes some of the best action scenes, dialogue, and pop-culture references, period.

posted by McCarthy92 on September 12, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Nothing special

Good plot but characters are too stereotypical

posted by aejsc on September 30, 2011

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Phoning It In

    George Pelecanos used to write wonderful crime fiction, but this book makes clear that he's become a victim of his own success. If his writing were only formulaic, it would just be sad. But here the attention to detail is so lacking that the very name of the shooter in a key early incident is confused with some nonexistent character, probably because the scene was lifted whole from some other book. Editing was clearly minimal, if any. Fortunately the short story "Chosen" in the E-book provides a glimpse of how well Pelecanos can write when he takes the time and care. *The Cut* also introduces an interesting new character in Spero Lucas and offers insights about the legacy of father-son relationships. But on the whole, I'd suggest that one thriller starring an IPhone is enough, George.

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