The Cut

By George P. Pelecanos (Trade Paperback, 2012)
Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home 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 Lucas 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?

Spero Lucas is George Pelecanos's greatest creation, a young man making his place in the world one battle and one mission at a time. The first in a new 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)
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316078436

    • On Sale Date: 06/05/2012

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books

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Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home 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 Lucas 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?

Spero Lucas is George Pelecanos's greatest creation, a young man making his place in the world one battle and one mission at a time. The first in a new 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)

George Pelecanos is the author of several highly praised and bestselling novels, including The Cut, What It Was, The Way Home, The Turnaround, and The Night Gardener. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and the recipient of numerous international writing awards. He was a producer and Emmy-nominated writer for The Wire and currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives in Maryland.
  • "Every time I read one of George Pelecanos's novels--and The Cut might be the best yet--I'm left a little awed, a little envious, and wholly certain that what I've just experienced is the authentic marriage of art to truth. The guy's a national treasure."

  • "Triple-distilled excellence: first, a truly great new series character; second, a truly great contemporary crime novel; and third, and as always, Pelecanos's status as the undisputed poet laureate of America's most secret city - the three-quarters of Washington DC that tourists never see.  Not just recommended - this is essential reading." (Lee Child).

  • "Pelecanos's excellent first in a new crime series... Both vital and timely, this remarkable novel also connects D.C.'s past and present as only Pelecanos does. Readers will want to see a lot more of Lucas." (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)).

  • "The gifted Pelecanos kicks off a new series...His prose is exhilarating - lean, spare and mean. Grade: A." (Les Roberts, Cleveland Plain Dealer).

  • This is the first mystery to feature Lucas, and he's got plenty of room to grow, if Pelecanos, one of our best contemporary mystery writers, should have a Spero Lucas series up his sleeve...Pelecanos has excelled at character and plot...The characters and the Washington of The Cut are complicated and interesting." (Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times ).

  • "[Pelecanos] maintains a remarkably high level of intelligence and style...A book that entertains can also enrich, instruct and even enlighten. George Pelecanos's books do all of that." (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post).

  • "When Pelecanos is at his best - as he is here - the action hurtles along, marked by 'good, clean writing'...All the societal changes afoot give the author fresh context to explore racial issues that he depicts with empathy and intelligence...There's plenty of heft, but the book crackles with energy as it follows its sometimes hotheaded protagonist...The Cut is hard to put down, and it sticks with you when you do." (Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer).

  • "[The Cut is] peppered with pitch-perfect dialogue and captures the sights, sounds and taste of Washington in rich detail...Pelecanos reads like the real deal." (Christian DuChateau, CNN).

  • (Publishers Weekly).

Product Details

The Cut
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN
  • Pages: 336
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316078436
  • On Sale Date: 06/05/2012
The Cut