The Cut by George Pelecanos
(Spero Lucas)

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Whatever he is, he’s not a callous mercenary. He’d like to do some good in this world. Mr. Pelecanos will easily find ways for him to do it.
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<!--StartFragment--> Exclusively available in this e-book edition of The Cut: a bonus work of short fiction by George Pelecanos entitled Chosen that focuses on Spero Lucas's early life and family.

Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense 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 specialty 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 new series of thrillers featuring Spero Lucas, The Cut is the latest confirmation of why George Pelecanos is "perhaps America's greatest living crime writer." (Stephen King)
 

About George Pelecanos

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George Pelecanos is the author of several highly praised and bestselling novels, including The Cut, What It Was, The Way Home, The Turnaround, and The Night Gardener. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and the recipient of numerous international writing awards. He was a producer and Emmy-nominated writer for The Wire and currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives in Maryland.
 
Published August 29, 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books. 329 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Aug 28 2011

Whatever he is, he’s not a callous mercenary. He’d like to do some good in this world. Mr. Pelecanos will easily find ways for him to do it.

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