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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 25/08/2011
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The first in a stunning action-packed 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. 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 series of thrillers featuring Spero Lucas, The Cut is the latest confirmation of why George Pelecanos is 'perhaps the greatest living crime writer.' (Stephen King)

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781409114567
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 542 g
Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
As you'd expect from a writer with credit for both The Wire and Treme, Pelecanos expertly renders the streets of the US capital and succeeds where many have failed of late: creating a fully formed antihero whom readers will want to meet again. * SHORTLIST *
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. * THE TIMES *
a bloody, brooding thriller of rare authenticity. -- Mark Sanderson * EVENING STANDARD *
expertly crafted writing, pop-culture references ... and a plot that keeps twisting to the dramatic finale. * SHORTLIST *
This is gold-standard character-driven crime writing that few will ever match. I can't wait for the sequel. -- Christopher Fowler * FINANCIAL TIMES *
Pelecanos keeps readers on their toes with with a series of twists that confound stereotypes, drilling the plot along with breakneck prose, sassy dialogue and even shifting into a serious analysis at modern society in all its flawed glory. Exceptional. * THE BIG ISSUE *
The language, like the action, is brutal, fast and hard ... Stephen King describes Pelecanos as 'perhaps the greatest living crime writer' and The Cut certainly marks him out as a name to watch. In fact, he may just come to give Ellroy and Leonard a run for their money in the hard-boiled stakes. * DAILY MAIL *
Pelecanos, heir to Elmore Leonard's throne, has landed another short, sparkling masterpiece. What's more, The Cut is just the beginning of a planned series for tough, streetwise, mother's boy Spero Lucas. * THE MIRROR *
George Pelecanos writes hard-boiled fiction with heart * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *
He's best known for writing acclaimed US TV show The Wire. But George Pelecanos has spent many years penning brilliant but under-appreciated crime novels set in Washington DC ... the dialogue, characters and sense of location are superb. Pelecanos is a Cut above the rest. -- Natasha Harding * THE SUN *

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“Fast Action Crime”

This novel is not for the squeamish. There are several bodies by the end. Bad guys that cross Spero Lucas do so at their peril.
Spero Lucas is the new series hero from the producer of The Wire. Newly returned from... More

Hardback edition
25th July 2011
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“Excellent crime fiction”

Found The Cut an excellent read. One of those books best kept for an occasion where you can read iin 1 or 2 sittings, like on holiday or a train journey.
The author brought to life the sights and sounds of Spero... More

Hardback edition
29th July 2011
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