The Cut

George Pelecanos

The Cut

The first in a stunning action-packed new series from the writer of THE WIRE. Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defence 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 speciality 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. 4.0 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
The Cut

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction
Format Hardcover
Pages 304
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication August 2011
ISBN 978-1409114567
Publisher Orion
 

The first in a stunning action-packed new series from the writer of THE WIRE. Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defence 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 speciality 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.

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Reviews

The Financial Times

Christopher Fowler

Rather than merely surviving, Lucas enjoys the streets, acting as a guide to a world that, in less expert hands, would feel over-familiar from TV shows. This is gold-standard character-driven crime writing that few will ever match.

26/08/2011

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The Daily Mail

Geoffrey Wansell

The language, like the action, is brutal, fast and hard. Lucas takes no prisoners, nor does he dwell unduly on the morality of what he’s asked to do. Stephen King has described Pelecanos as ‘perhaps the greatest living crime writer’ and The Cut certainly marks him out as a name to watch.

25/08/2011

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The Times

Marcel Berlins

Pelecanos is incapable of writing a book that isn’t gripping, and the dialogue is of a brilliance comparable only with Elmore Leonard and George V. Higgins. I’m not convinced, though, that Spero is interesting enough to sustain a series.

13/08/2011

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The Washington Post

Jonathan Tardley

Pelecanos clearly knows that he is in the business of entertainment, and he goes about it in a thoroughly professional way. But entertainment needn’t be an end in itself. A book that entertains can also enrich, instruct and even enlighten. George Pelecanos’s books do all of that, which is plenty good enough for me.

26/08/2011

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The Sunday Times

John Dugdale

While the novel exudes brio and freshness, its most significant aspect is the shift away from the standard Pelecanos protagonist, a nonviolent type pursuing peace and tolerance — whereas Lucas ... has few qualms about gunning villains down ...

18/09/2011

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The Evening Standard

Mark Sanderson

No one does violence better than Pelecanos - the sudden bursts of gunfire take your breath away - but he is unusual in the way he embeds it in a narrative that explores the age-old themes of family and belonging ... The result is a bloody, brooding thriller of rare authenticity.

25/08/2011

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The New York Times

Janet Maslin

Does a fine job of establishing Spero as a durable and highly appealing hero. And it sets up a back story and modus operandi that will work well for him in the future.

28/08/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Carolyn Kellogg

Where Pelecanos has excelled at character and plot, he's gone a little thin on the prose itself. People and settings are often described with the same stock phrases, which serve their purpose but function like a cheap establishing shot used again and again.

28/08/2011

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