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The Double

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The Double

Spero Lucas Series, Book 2
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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 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. Now he's in the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can't last and in pursuit of a dangerous man who's got nothing to lose. Every man has his dark side—but confronting his own may be Spero Lucas' undoing.

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. Now he's in the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can't last and in pursuit of a dangerous man who's got nothing to lose. Every man has his dark side—but confronting his own may be Spero Lucas' undoing.

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  • George Pelecanos is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels set in and around Washington, DC. His works have earned him the Raymond Chandler Award in Italy, the Falcon Award in Japan, and the Grand Prix Du Roman Noir in France. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and a producer and Emmy-nominated writer of the HBO hit series The Wire. He currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives with his family in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 26, 2013
    Reviewed by Patrick Millikin Pelecanos’s novels have always kept one eye toward the recent past—a constant touchstone being the 1970s. The decade’s popular culture, its fashion, film, music, and automobiles inform novels such as Hard Revolution, King Suckerman, and What It Was, which are set during one of the most tumultuous periods in the nation’s history. In a way, all the novels that Pelecanos has written have been influenced by the Vietnam War. Now Pelecanos, a producer of The Wire and Treme who’s also written for both HBO shows, has given us a new series that brings us right up to the present. With Spero Lucas, introduced in 2011’s The Cut, Pelecanos has created one of his finest, and most complex, protagonists. An Iraq War combat veteran, Lucas has seen more than his share of death, but, unlike many of his returning peers, he has found work that allows him to tap into the heightened levels of adrenaline that were awakened overseas. His primary gig is as investigator for D.C. defense attorney Tom Petersen, who gives him a difficult case at the outset of this sequel to The Cut. A client, Calvin Bates, faces the death penalty for the first-degree murder of his mistress, Edwina Christian, whose body has been discovered in a nearby wooded area. Inconsistencies in the case, including physical evidence at the crime scene, have Lucas convinced that the story might not be as cut-and-dried as it appears. In the meantime, Lucas has found himself another side job, the retrieval of a stolen painting called The Double from a young divorcée’s condo. His usual terms apply: 40% of the stolen item’s value, in cash, no questions asked. The trail leads Lucas to a trio of thugs working together on various criminal enterprises: a Russian Internet scammer, a sociopathic lothario preying upon vulnerable women, and a young ex-con and former tweaker. As Lucas follows the various strands of his investigation, he finds himself enjoying the hunt, the prospect of violence that will result as he lures his quarry into the open, and the inevitable confrontation. Indeed, the painting itself becomes an apt metaphor for Lucas’s life: the “civilized,” outward identity and the darker shadow self, containing a primal warrior side that, as Pelecanos writes, he doesn’t fully understand. While several of his most trusted friends, fellow Marines, have been able to leave the violence in them behind, Lucas has been unable to do so. Further complicating matters is a gorgeous, unavailable married woman, with whom Lucas has fallen into a passionate affair. At the background of the novel is Lucas’s own family, his mixed-race siblings, his Greek-American parents. Pelecanos puts the race issue out there, but doesn’t focus on it; the Lucases are simply a family, and a loving one. With respect for D.C.’s past on one side, and a vibrant, youthful new protagonist looking squarely into the future, this is the start of a remarkable series. Longtime Pelecanos diehards will be more than satisfied, and new readers will find themselves jonesing for more. Agent: Sloan Harris, ICM. (Oct.) Patrick Millikin is the editor of the Akashic anthology Phoenix Noir.

  • AudioFile Magazine Prolific George Pelecanos's latest novel is a welcome return to the adventures of ex-Marine Spero Lucas, a man who is trying to keep the monster inside him in check. Pelecanos says that if he had his way, Dion Graham would perform all his books. It's easy to see why. Graham's delivery is exciting and breathy, a style that matches the book's nonstop action. While his occasional overemphasis on unimportant words can be a bit distracting, overall Graham brings Lucas to life as a troubled man who earns a living finding missing items and people, while suppressing his urge for violence. The title has a double meaning, referring to the stolen painting Lucas is hired to find and also to the man who stole it--a heartless killer who could be Lucas's twin. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
  • Kirkus Reviews "This is a novel Spero Lucas would appreciate. Cult favorite Pelecanos deserves an even wider readership."
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