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Review: The Double

January 30, 2014

The Double

An old friend of Grace Kincaid’s stole a painting from her and she wants it back, so she hires Spero Lucas to find it since he works under the radar.  He finds the job to be much more complicated than he imagined.  He’s also become involved with a married woman so he must watch his every step.

The Double, by George Pelecanos, is the second book in the Spero Lucas series.  I read The Cut several years ago and thought it was terrific so I was really looking forward to this one.  I’m sorry to say, I didn’t enjoy it the same way.  Maybe my expectations were too high going in, but it didn’t grab me like the first one did.

Lucas is a veteran and his time deployed has affected him deeply.  He distances himself from others, including his family, and seems to be engaging in more and more dangerous and questionable behavior.  I felt like the book focused on his dark spiral more than the case at hand – maybe that was the point but I found it hard to take at times.

I ended up liking the book but I didn’t love it.  I liked it enough that I will continue with the series, though.  This book does contain a lot of language and some pretty explicit sex scenes.  I listened to the audio version of The Double and discovered why people swoon over Dion Graham.  His voice and his narration were outstanding.  The audio is on 6 CDs and lasts approximately seven and a half hours.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
16 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2014 7:12 am

    I wish there were more books on cd with 6-8 discs instead of the ones with 15-21 I’ve selected lately…LOL (This one probably isn’t a good choice for me though).

  2. January 30, 2014 7:23 am

    Even Jim didn’t like the sex scenes in this one!

  3. January 30, 2014 8:50 am

    Like Diane, every audiobook I pick up lately has around 20 discs. A short listen would be refreshing, but I doubt this will be the one…

  4. January 30, 2014 10:06 am

    I liked The Cut, but I really liked The Turnaround. That was one of my top books of the year I read it.

  5. January 30, 2014 11:50 am

    That’s too bad this didn’t meet your expectations. Maybe the next book will be better?

  6. January 30, 2014 1:14 pm

    Kathy, thanks for your honest review of this audiobook.

  7. January 30, 2014 3:09 pm

    Thanks for the honest take on this. I had not heard of this before. Sounds interesting.

  8. Athira permalink
    January 30, 2014 3:13 pm

    Sounds like a really short book on audio! I would have loved to give it a try just for that reason but doesn’t exactly sound like my book.

  9. January 30, 2014 4:02 pm

    Hopefully the next books in the series will be better for you. This doesn’t sound like something I’d listen to, but I will be checking out other audio books narrated by Dion Graham.

  10. Patty permalink
    January 30, 2014 4:41 pm

    Oh my…it happens…but I hate when I don’t love another book by an author I normally love…

  11. January 30, 2014 5:47 pm

    An author I want to try The Cut is on my wish list.It’s usually the second book of the series that disappoints me. You go in with high expectations. Hopefully the next one will be great 🙂

  12. January 30, 2014 6:23 pm

    I read this author quite a few years back… can not recall what it was….LOL

  13. January 30, 2014 9:03 pm

    I have this one on audio too. I have not listened to Dion Graham, sounds like I am in for a treat.

  14. January 31, 2014 5:45 am

    Hopefully the next one will be better.

  15. February 1, 2014 10:24 am

    What a shame. I really liked the character Spero in The Cut. I’ll probably try this one anyway but I’ll lower my expectations.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    February 9, 2014 7:26 pm

    Say it isn’t so! I really liked THE CUT!

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