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The Cut (Spero Lucas 1) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

George Pelecanos
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1. August 2011 Spero Lucas 1
Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defence 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 speciality 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 the greatest living crime writer.' (Stephen King)

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  • Taschenbuch: 292 Seiten
  • Verlag: Orion Publishing Group; Auflage: Trade Paperback. (1. August 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9781409114574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409114574
  • ASIN: 1409114570
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,3 x 15,3 x 23,2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 210.211 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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As you'd expect from a writer with credit for both The Wire and Treme, Pelecanos expertly renders the streets of the US capital and succeeds where many have failed of late: creating a fully formed antihero whom readers will want to meet again. SHORTLIST Pelecanos is incapable of writing a book that isn't gripping, and the dialogue is of a brilliance comparable only with Elmore Leonard and George V Higgins. THE TIMES a bloody, brooding thriller of rare authenticity. -- Mark Sanderson EVENING STANDARD expertly crafted writing, pop-culture references ... and a plot that keeps twisting to the dramatic finale. SHORTLIST This is gold-standard character-driven crime writing that few will ever match. I can't wait for the sequel. -- Christopher Fowler FINANCIAL TIMES Pelecanos keeps readers on their toes with with a series of twists that confound stereotypes, drilling the plot along with breakneck prose, sassy dialogue and even shifting into a serious analysis at modern society in all its flawed glory. Exceptional. THE BIG ISSUE The language, like the action, is brutal, fast and hard ... Stephen King describes Pelecanos as 'perhaps the greatest living crime writer' and The Cut certainly marks him out as a name to watch. In fact, he may just come to give Ellroy and Leonard a run for their money in the hard-boiled stakes. DAILY MAIL Pelecanos, heir to Elmore Leonard's throne, has landed another short, sparkling masterpiece. What's more, The Cut is just the beginning of a planned series for tough, streetwise, mother's boy Spero Lucas. THE MIRROR George Pelecanos writes hard-boiled fiction with heart SUNDAY TELEGRAPH He's best known for writing acclaimed US TV show The Wire. But George Pelecanos has spent many years penning brilliant but under-appreciated crime novels set in Washington DC ... the dialogue, characters and sense of location are superb. Pelecanos is a Cut above the rest. -- Natasha Harding THE SUN 20111125 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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George Pelecanos is an independent film producer, an essayist, the recipient of numerous international writing awards, a producer and an EMMY-nominated writer on the HBO hit series THE WIRE. He is the author of a bestselling series of crime novels set in and around Washington, D.C.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Short-Cut 5. August 2012
Vor allem die guten Dialoge überzeugen. Wie ein Drehbuch geschrieben. Lesen als würde man einen Film sehen.
Die volle Präsentation des amerikanischen Life-Styles wurde mir irgendwann zu viel. Der Held konnte kaum das Haus
verlassen, ohne dass die Markennamen seiner Ausstattung aufgezählt wurde. Wie ein Werbe-Comic. Alle Lebensbrüche
des modernen amerikanischen Lebens werden zwar angesprochen, aber der American Dream bleibt unwidersprochen
und unkritisch bis zum happy end auf allen Ebenen. Die Amis sind und bleiben die Guten. Auch wenn es ein paar
Bösewichte in den eigenen Reihen gibt. Handwerklich gut, aber in der Aussage platt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another Classic Pelecanos Joint 26. August 2011
Von A. Ross - Veröffentlicht auf
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I've been reading Pelecanos's books for almost 20 years now, and this latest hits all the marks fans of his have to come to love and expect: cars, music, food, movies, crime, the importance of family and fathers, the struggles of young men to become men, and, of course, a street-level view of everyday Washington, D.C. So, if you've previously read and enjoyed his work, this one should be just as satisfying. And if you're a newcomer, this is a fine place to start.

This book introduces a new protagonist, Spero Lucas, the adopted son of a Greek-American family who has returned to D.C. after years as a soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pelecanos has touched upon the world of veterans in other books, but this is the first to feature one as the main character. Coincidentally, the last book I read before this was Night Dogs, a blistering police novel about a Vietnam veteran cop in mid-'70s Portland. Its portrait of the struggle of a Vietnam vet to adapt to life outside the war (based heavily on the author's own experiences as a cop) gives great insight into the ways going to war can change people forever, and not for the better.

Here, Pelecanos tackles the same dilemma facing many young people coming back home from America's warzones. Spero spent his youth to the military, and now he's in his late-20s, somewhat adrift in civilian society. He's smart, but has no interest in going to college, and spends his days, biking, kayaking, and working as an unlicensed investigator for a criminal defense attorney at the princely wage of $15/hour. The work is interesting enough, but when one of the lawyer's clients makes a proposition to hire Spero for something on the shady side, Spero is lured in by both the money and the potential risk. And that, as Chapter 1 concludes is when, "the truck began to roll downhill."

What follows is a typically engaging Pelecanos story, full of procedural detail, taking the reader across the city. From a classroom at Cardozo High School (where Pelecanos has done some work with kids), to a VFW post, to eerie warehouses in the far reaches of the city, to the legendary Florida Avenue Grill, he is the foremost guide to the streets and people of Washington, D.C. I used to work right down the block from one area that features in the plot, and I drive and bike through the area Spero lives in on a daily basis, and Pelecanos has the sights and sounds dead on. Speaking of sounds, the music for this book is dub, which is a new territory for him, and if you want some good tunes to accompany your read of this book, pick up Augustus Pablo's King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown, Lee Perry's Blackboard Jungle Dub, or one of the "Heavyweight" samplers from the Blood & Fire label.

I suppose the one minor criticism I'd make of the book is that the ending is much "cleaner" than I expected. Without spoiling anything, I will just say that I expected there to be some greater consequences or blowback than there proved to be. However, since this appears to be the launch of a new character and new series, it may be that Pelecanos is going to spend a little time building Spero's world up before heading down that road. A final warning: it's short, you can read it in about three hours, and it's going to leave you wanting more.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Very disappointing work by a great writer 8. September 2011
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I have read all of Pelecanos' prior books and liked or loved all of them. The Cut, sadly, is is his most diappointing book in over a decade, if not ever. His new character, Spero Lucas, lacks the interest and complexity of his prior characters--he is simply another version of Lee Child's superhuman hero, Jack Reacher, with only a black foster brother to give him a non-generic characteristic. Like Reacher, he is a war vet, with a rock hard body, disdain for 9-5 jobs, a yen for aggression and supernatural appeal to women. Early on, Lucas meets a gorgeous law student in an office and she instantly agrees to sleep with him. A few pages later, he meets an attractive lawyer on her porch and--surprise!--she has instant sex with him. Could it be any more repetitive? Sadly, yes--a few pages after that, a prison guard comes on to him.

The plot is predictable and much more superficial than Pelecanos' earlier work. The constant recitals of song titles, urban woes and restaurant specialties seem rote.

Apparently, there will be other Lucas books--I fear Pelecanos has been seduced by the riches showered on Lee Child.

What a shame.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Struggling with Violence! 7. September 2011
Von J.C.Coles - Veröffentlicht auf
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In THE CUT Pelecanos vividly describes not only the struggle of a returning vet coming to terms with rejoining society, but that of young men in the city in general trying to make a living whilst avoiding crime and violence. The writing is in his usual style that uses little adverbs or descriptive prose, but somehow manages to build up the picture for the reader through the actions and reactions of the main characters. The street life and action scenes are very realistic and the main character both believable in his flawed or guiltless motivation and likeable as a result.

Spero Lucas is a tough Iraq veteran who keeps himself super-fit and on return to Washington finds work with a disreputable defence attorney. Spero is trying to find direction on civvy street and whilst figuring this out uses his talents to recover debts for Tom Peterson's clients. Things get heavy when he is hired to protect drop offs for a dangerous crime boss (like there's any other kind) and the bag-men are hit and he becomes chief suspect. Lucas uses his military training to avoid his pursuers and gather forces whilst trying to figure out who is behind it all.

Another great read from Pelecanos that has left me eager for the next!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Introducing Spero Lucas 21. August 2011
Von Richard B. Schwartz - Veröffentlicht auf
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George Pelecanos' novel The Cut introduces what is likely to be a new and important series character: Spero Lucas. Adopted into a Greek family with mixed-race siblings, Spero has recently returned from Iraq. He has set up an unlicensed agency in which he recovers stolen or lost goods, taking a 40% cut. His current employer is a Washington defense lawyer. A heavy chunk of marijuana has gone missing and the lawyer, who represents the drug dealer, wants Spero to find it. In the meantime, Spero is bedding the lawyer's intern and trying to keep his life on track. He hasn't gone to college, but he's a reader and a serious man and he knows metropolitan Washington as well as . . . well, as well as George Pelecanos, which is to say he knows it as well as Mike Davis knows L.A. or Richard Daley knew Chicago.

Spero's assignment quickly goes to hell as people die unexpectedly. He finds himself up against some nasty freelancers with an insider at the police department and an array of heavy weaponry. Spero calls on some of his old Marine buddies for help but basically he's on his own--outnumbered and outgunned.

The writing is pure Pelecanos: lean, spare, stark, with a commanding sense of place and a vision of experience that reminds us of what realism is all about. Spero is an attractive character, capable of sustaining an extended series. Since he is an investigator and since he is in it for the long haul the atmospherics are more Chandlerian than Sophoclean and Washington is more of a series of echoes of cultural resonance than the waste land that Pelecanos often describes.

The plot moves right along and there is just enough sex, drugs, violence and bluesy rock to sustain interest without distracting us from the task at hand: getting Spero's cut.

This is a significant book. Don't miss it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Predictable ? Kinda. Enjoyable ? You bet. 4. September 2011
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I admit I'm in the tank for George Pelecanos- loved his Derek Strange novels, and I think Hard Revolution is a modern classic. There are a lot of familiar elements here- the love of food, frank appreciation of women as sexual partners, the loving look at parts of D.C. you don't see in stock movie footage. And you just know at some point the main character is going to throw down with some bad guys. Pelecanos continues to show his reverence for blue-collar America, the great unseen middle that does its best to stay on the right path. Having brought in a veteran as a new character allows for some new avenues to explore, like the difficulties a lot of Iraq/Afpak vets are facing upon their return to civilian life. And Spero Lucas is superbly trained and experienced in the use of violence- will he be too quick to resort to it ? Time will tell.
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