The Double

By George P. Pelecanos (Trade Paperback, 2014)
"THE DOUBLE is as good as it gets. The writing is taut, the violence is graphic, and the characters are so well-drawn that they step off the page and into your life." - Associated Press

Every man has his dark side. Spero Lucas confronts his own in the most explosive thriller yet from one of America's best-loved crime writers.

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 dangerously vicious killer, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he is-and how far he'll go to get what he wants.

"THE DOUBLE is as good as it gets. The writing is taut, the violence is graphic, and the characters are so well-drawn that they step off the page and into your life." - Associated Press

Every man has his dark side. Spero Lucas confronts his own in the most explosive thriller yet from one of America's best-loved crime writers.

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 dangerously vicious killer, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he is-and how far he'll go to get what he wants.

George Pelecanos is the author of 19 highly praised and bestselling novels set in and around Washington, DC. He is also an independent film producer. He lives in Maryland.

  • THE DOUBLE by George Pelecanos


  • THE DOUBLE by George Pelecanos

  • "It's astonishing all the good stuff Pelecanos can pack into one unpretentious book: meaty substance, multiple story lines, vital characters, choice dialogue and all those descriptive details ... that make the story so rich." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "Pungent, funny dialogue, believable black-and-white friendships, outstanding scene-setting...THE DOUBLE is fast-paced...its villains feel fresh...Call me a hard-core Pelecanos junkie." (USA TODAY).

  • "THE DOUBLE reinforces Pelecanos' role as a top-drawer tough-guy novelist. As always, his attention to telling details brilliantly evokes life in the darker corners." (Seattle Times).

  • "THE DOUBLE is as good as it gets...The writing is taut, the violence is graphic and the characters are so well-drawn that they step off the page and into your life." (Associated Press).

  • "A rich tale." (New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) ).

  • "Pelecanos' work has antecedents in the books and films of Richard Stark (Donald Westlake), John D. MacDonald, Elmore Leonard and Don Siegel but also a spooky magic all his own -- thanks to the utter believability he maintains."  (Wall Street Journal).

  • "Pelecanos is a restless talent, but his books share a goal in common, which is to offer 'a good story told with clean, efficient writing, a lot involving a problem to be solved or surmounted, and everyday characters the reader could relate to.' This too is part of the challenge, and the strength, of his writing-that he does all that while also managing to give us more...the inner life of the characters, their struggles and their failings, their small solaces and their mistakes...THE DOUBLE is terrific." (Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

The Double
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $15.00 US/$17.00 CAN
  • Pages: 320
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316078405
  • On Sale Date: 09/23/2014
The Double