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Review: The Cut

December 13, 2011

Spero Lucas does some investigative work for an attorney who’s defending the head of an illegal drug operation.  When he’s done with his work for the attorney the drug boss asks to meet with Spero privately because he’d like to hire him for a job of his own.  It seems that someone has been stealing from his operation and he wants to catch them.  Spero accepts the case and finds himself in the middle of a deadly game.

I thought The Cut by George Pelecanos was fantastic!  I found it to be fast-paced and adrenaline filled and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  The twists and turns kept me guessing and wanting to know more.  Even though the plot was a little complicated, it was easy to follow and, for the most part, felt pretty realistic.

I really enjoyed the character of Spero Lucas and was very excited to hear he’s going to be part of a new series!  He’s troubled by his service in Iraq and I really liked the way Pelecanos showed the plight of some of our veterans in the story.  Spero is close to his mother and brother but has trouble being in a committed relationship.  In other words, he’s a fascinating and complicated character and a big part of the reason this book is so good!

Carl loved this book too!  If you need a gift for someone who loves mysteries or thrillers, you can’t go wrong with The Cut.  I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out!

Challenges: Reagan Arthur Books Challenge

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
31 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2011 4:35 am

    The only George Pelacanos book I read I didn’t love, but maybe I should give him a try again.

  2. December 13, 2011 6:17 am

    This does sound good Kathy, and I’ve enjoyed this author in the past as well.

  3. December 13, 2011 6:22 am

    I’m going to look for this – it sounds like one my husband would enjoy!

  4. December 13, 2011 6:27 am

    I’ve read one title by this author. Can’t remember the title at the moment. I remember having the same feelings. I wanted to stay with the book until finished, a real page turner. Enjoyed your review.

  5. December 13, 2011 6:28 am

    I don’t really a lot of mysteries or thriller, but they always sound good to me. Great review!

  6. kaye permalink
    December 13, 2011 7:19 am

    Sounds exciting and definitely one TBG and I would both like.

  7. December 13, 2011 8:22 am

    You just convinced me to move this one up on my list.

  8. December 13, 2011 9:25 am

    I haven’t written my review yet, but I also read and liked this. I didn’t think it got bogged down in “issues” like some of his more recent novels have.

  9. December 13, 2011 9:31 am

    I don’t often look twice at books like this, but your enthusiasm over this book has me wanting to go out and grab it! What a wonderful and enticing review today, Kathy! Thanks!

  10. December 13, 2011 10:10 am

    I read and reviewed this one quite some time ago and I absolutely gushed over it. I love Spero and his family, and the story was excellent. Glad you got to read it, Kathy.

  11. December 13, 2011 11:12 am

    I just got this from the library, so I’ll be reading it next. Yay, so glad you thought it was fantastic!

  12. December 13, 2011 12:11 pm

    I haven’t read anything by this author yet, but I should. Sounds like I might start with this one…when I get around to it. 😉

  13. December 13, 2011 12:54 pm

    You’ve just solved a Christmas gift dilemma! One of our dear friends is a mystery/thriller reader and I’ve been wondering what to get him. This sounds perfect!

  14. December 13, 2011 12:56 pm

    Sounds like something my friend would enjoy 🙂 But she has already a xmas pressie waiting for her

  15. December 13, 2011 1:10 pm

    Kathy, your enthusiasm for this book is wonderful! 🙂
    I mention your blog in my latest post. . . .

  16. December 13, 2011 1:26 pm

    I like mysteries, must give it a try, thanks! for the review.

  17. December 13, 2011 2:47 pm

    Yep! You are spot on and Pelecanos is just a fabulous writer.

  18. December 13, 2011 3:46 pm

    I really liked this book too and look forward to more Spero.

  19. December 13, 2011 3:48 pm

    Nothing is better than a lively fast paced book. I will check this one out for sure.

  20. December 13, 2011 4:27 pm

    Sounds like another good read that’s fast paced, perfect for when you only have snippets of time to read

  21. December 13, 2011 7:36 pm

    I read The Night Gardener and I loved it. I don’t think it involved this character, but still had great personalities and it was dark and gritty, just the way I like my mysteries!

  22. December 13, 2011 8:08 pm

    I love when you bring me close to a book that was totally off my radar….my sister would love this I think…..and her birthday is in January!! Thanks so much!

  23. December 13, 2011 8:21 pm

    I like his style of writing…sounds like a winner to me!

  24. December 13, 2011 8:35 pm

    Sounds like an exciting read!

  25. December 14, 2011 10:13 am

    I know someone who would love this as a gift! Thank you for the great review and gift suggestion!

  26. December 14, 2011 8:35 pm

    Hmmm…this sounds like one I might be able to talk Mr. Jenners into reading too.

  27. December 15, 2011 12:27 pm

    I don’t read a lot of mysteries or thrillers but this one does sound good.

  28. December 15, 2011 5:10 pm

    I love this one to…and can’t wait for the next.

  29. December 17, 2011 4:16 pm

    Wow, sounds like you really enjoyed this one! I’ll have to pick it up for my father, he loves great mystery books.

  30. December 19, 2011 11:05 pm

    This is an author I’ve been meaning to try for years, knowing that I’ll like his books!

  31. December 29, 2011 3:09 pm

    ohhhh…this sounds so freaking good! I’m going to add it to my wish list and try to get a couple ladies I know to buddy read it with me. I think we might all enjoy it.

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