The Double by George Pelecanos
(Spero Lucas)

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By rendering his characters equally self-aware and damaged, he affirms something about them while also making us complicit in their acts.
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Every man has his dark side...Spero Lucas confronts his own in the most explosive thriller yet from one of America's best-loved crime writers.

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. In the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can't last, in pursuit of a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he is--and how far he'll go to get what he wants.
 

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 October 8, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Oct 11 2013

By rendering his characters equally self-aware and damaged, he affirms something about them while also making us complicit in their acts.

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