Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Cut by George Pelecanos

The Cut I love times like this when I find a new-to-me author who has a long backlist for me to read as well. I won this book from LibraryThing. Since I hadn't read Pelecanos before, I was a little concerned, but all is well - I loved this book and this hero. Can't wait to find the rest of his books to read.

The hero is Spero Lucas. Now all this may be familiar to you, but if not, Lucas is a Marine Corp vet who served in Iraq. Now he works as an investigator for a lawyer and, as in this instance, occasionally takes on a job independently. This one is, believe it or not, for a drug kingpin who is in prison awaiting trial. The title of the book comes from the fact that he gets a 40% cut in his work.

Lucas takes umpteen showers a day, changes his clothes just about as often, but not for vanity; this guy is clean-cut and fit. He bikes, kayaks, does calisthenics in his apartment, anything to keep as fit as possible. I can just see his six pack and guns. Girls, this guy is sexy. And he loves women, even treats them very well. I'm reminded of Robert B. Parker's Spenser in many ways. However, he does goof sometimes or strike out with a woman, i.e., he's human. I love that in a hero.

Pelecanos has a spare writing style with no long, flowery descriptions. I admire his ability to create a character or give the reader a scene without long descriptions. He shows what a person is like; hence the exercise and showers and women. His villains also are evil but three dimensional. One loves to learn the proper use of big fancy words to impress his friends, which just serves to convince them he's a dunce. One of the main rules of writing, one frequently ignored, is to show rather than tell. Pelecanos has mastered this technique.

I highly recommend this book for mystery lovers. Now I'm off to the library to look for more Pelecanos books.


  1. I love Pelacanos' work! I haven't read this one yet, but my husband has and he really enjoyed it.

  2. I love Pelacanos too! My absolute favorite is Drama City.

  3. Hm. The hero sounds great, but a drug dealer in prison? I´m not sure.

  4. I've only read one other Pelacanos book but I really enjoyed it. It was set in Washington D.C. which was interesting. It was not the same main character. I think I'd like this one.

  5. I've heard of Pelecanos but always thought he was more thriller than mystery. Sometimes our assumptions are wrong!

    This sounds good & I've added the series to my TBR list for mysteries. Thanks for the tip.

  6. Another one that's new to me. Am excited this week as the new Charlie Parker thriller by John Connolly is out on Wednesday. He writes like an angel and has a darkly poetic soul...