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Book Details

Title:   The Cut
Author:   George Pelecanos
Times Read:   1
Last Read:   06.15.12

Other Books Read By This Author (16)
- The Big Blowdown
- Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go
- Drama City
- A Firing Offense
- Hard Revolution
- King Suckerman
- The Man Who Came Uptown
- The Martini Shot
- Nick's Trip
- The Night Gardener
- Shame the Devil
- Shoedog
- The Sweet Forever
- The Turnaround
- The Way Home
- What it Was

Notes History
Date Read Note
06.15.12 I decided to read this in hard-back like a week before it comes out in paperback. Odd I know. Anyway, this book follows a new protagonist that's supposedly going to be a series a la Nick Stefanos and Derek Strange. I'm not sure if it's because they were the first Pelecanos books that I read and it took me a while to get used to his style or what but I've traditionally liked his multiple-POV one-off novels more than his more genre-conforming single protagonist books. For that reason I was a bit hesitant with this one but... I should just remember the last 3 times I've been hesitant with the premise of his latest book and ended up loving it because at this point I don't think Mr. Pelecanos would release a bad book so if I don't like it then it's my problem. True to form, the book wound up being utterly absorbing and completely gripping throughout. I will say that much of main character Spero Lucas' interest comes from figuring out just what kind of a guy he is. With Nick and Derek you pretty quickly get the sense what they're about. With Spero you follow him as he continuously meets situations where you genuinely don't know what he'll do. Some of the answers to the questions posed in the book kind of surprise me in a good way. Spero is worth following around but he's not the goodest good guy that Pelecanos has ever written. Some of his actions - ok many of his actions - feel completely natural considering his background yet still take a few seconds to get behind in your head. In that way he starts to remind me of more typical pulp heroes like Travis McGee or Parker than any previous character. Good book. Pelecanos is pretty much my favorite author at this point.



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