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The Double (Spero Lucas Series #2)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Loved it.

    Pelecanos has a gritty realistic edge in all of his books and charactors. Unfortunately he can't write them fast enough to satisfy me. I'm just being selfish but I wish he would give up writing HBO screenplays (also excellant!) and go back to writing novels full time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

     Pelecanos delivers another excellent contribution to crime genr

     Pelecanos delivers another excellent contribution to crime genre.   It could be argued that  "The Double," the second novel to feature protagonist Spiro Lucas, is at it' heart a "war novel.  Lucas journey and the things plague him is a commentary and rendering of the things that so many vets of the "Bush wars" face.
      Told in his signature clean writing style, and avoiding the trappings of stock characters, Pelecanos invites us to consider the things we fought for and the things we lost in the last decade of war.  He also gives us a heck of a crime drama with action and excitement to spare.   Many think crime novels can't provide the same substance as  "literary" novels.  Pelcanos keeps proving them wrong with every book.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

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    In light of the disjointed activities in recent weeks in the nat

    In light of the disjointed activities in recent weeks in the nation’s Capital, the situations described in this novel, featuring Spero Lucas, who initially appeared in “The Cut,” to which this book is a follow-up, should not come as a surprise. Lucas, an ex-Marine, is an investigator for a defense attorney, and takes jobs on the side in which he finds things for people.

    “The Double” of the title is a painting, stolen from a woman friend of a bartender who asks Lucas to retrieve it. What seems to be a simple enough task turns into all sorts of violence. At the same time, Spero is asked by his English teacher brother to follow up on the murder of one of his students. And just to keep busy, he embarks on a torrid love affair with a married lady.

    Mr. Pelecanos capably blends in Spero’s concerns for his war veteran friends and the flavor of Washington, D.C., past and present. Not the shenanigans in the Capitol, but on the streets and in the suburbs of Virginia and Maryland. Luca is a complicated character, appealing, with loose morals, but rigid ethics. The plot is action-packed and is much more than just a crime story or thriller.

    Highly recommended.

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