The Cut, Hardback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The first in a stunning action-packed series from the writer of THE WIRE. 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 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)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781409114567



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Good but not great. The Cut doesn't stand out like some of Pelecanos' work, thinking of The Night Gardener in particular but it is a fast and enjoyable read. This is similar in style to his Nick Stefanos or Derek Strange novels. Lucas Spero is an interesting character and given his military background he is more convincing in physical confrontations than maybe some other fictional characters. Given that I read nearly everything by Pelecanos I'm sure I'll read more in this intended series but I'll be expecting more.

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