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The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting--"The Double"--Grace Kinkaid's ex-boyfriend stole from her. It's the sort of thing Spero Lucas specializes in: finding what's missing, and doing it quietly. But Grace wants more. She wants Lucas to find the man who humiliated her--a violent ...
The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting--"The Double"--Grace Kinkaid's ex-boyfriend stole from her. It's the sort of thing Spero Lucas specializes in: finding what's missing, and doing it quietly. But Grace wants more. She wants Lucas to find the man who humiliated her--a violent career criminal with a small gang of brutal thugs at his beck and call.
Lucas is a man who knows how to get what he wants, whether it's a thief on the run--or a married woman. In the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can't last, in pursuit of a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he is--and how far he'll go to get what he wants.
"The writing is spare; the dialogue rings with authenticity; and walking D.C.'s mean streets with Lucas is the next best thing to being there. Easily the best crime novel I've read this year."
Posted November 15, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2013
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.
Posted October 21, 2013
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.
Posted October 15, 2013
Full disclosure: I'm a confirmed fan of Pelecanos & started reading his books before he had a national reputation. I'll keep reading because I admire his work ethic & commitment to young writers in the community. That said, I found this, his latest effort, even more gratuitously violent than usual. If I didn't know better, I would swear he was objectifying & demeaning his female characters in a deliberate attempt to limit women's interest in his work. The ick factor in "The Double" is high. -- catwak
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Posted February 28, 2014
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