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The Double (Spero Lucas) Hardcover – October 8, 2013
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Pelicanos makes his protagonist Lucas a very physical and slightly off-kilter guy who never shrinks from violent confrontation. It makes for an adrenalin-filled read. The book is well paced and includes a satisfying ending that gives a clear hint that Lucas could well appear in a sequel.
As a Washingtonian, I liked the familiar geographic settings and the up-to-date political asides and plentiful references to local culture--especially music.
I don't know if the publishers read Amazon reviews, but if they do--they might look into one glittering mistake in the story where hero Lucas takes two showers within 15 minutes of each other (o/a page 122) with not much action in between. This still recognizing that Lucas appears inclined to take a lot of showers for legitimate reasons throughout this novel. Just sayin"
One last observation--I was reading "The Double" in a week when one of the masters of the genre--Elmore Leonard--died. He can't be replaced, but Pelicanos certainly approaches his skill with evocation of place and in the portrayal of many of his offbeat characters.
He also enjoys fast, dangerous action, and he gets plenty of both as an "investigator" who specializes in restoring stolen property to its rightful owners.At one point I was thinking that he and John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee had a lot in common. But Spero is a much more realistic character; he has his faults and self doubts, makes mistakes, and sometimes does things that he knows are dumb.
The Double is another excellent Pelecanos offering which I recommend highly. Only quibble is that it takes a hundred pages to "get going".
This book is the sequel to The Cut, which introduced ex-Marine, current private eye/problem solver Spero Lucas. He came back home from service the Middle East without a clear plan, but with a lingering thirst for the thrill of action. The book's title is that of a painting he is hired to recover, but also a declaration of the book's main theme: Lucas's id and ego. Ostensibly working in the service of people who need help, he's also working to get his 40% recovery fee, and to test himself.
Here, Lucas is testing himself again a trio of criminals, the leader of whom seduces and then preys on lone women in order to rob them. As in many Pelecanos books, the characters are set into motion, and the pages race by as the inevitable showdown between hero and main villain gets closer and closer. And as in all his work, the violence (and sex) is quite graphic. A few things set this one apart: Lucas's romantic interest is a married woman, and that's an interesting new twist in male/female dynamics for Pelecanos. Also, a good chunk of the story takes place in the Maryland counties south of Washington, D.C., where sensibilities are a little more rural and redneckish.
It's a solid entry, nothing flashy or amazing, but solid.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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What wrecked this book was the constant and incessant preoccupation with sex, personal gratification, and more sex. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Batman
Pelecanos captures the DC scene perfectly. His characters have a lot of grit.Published 5 months ago by Chris L
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