The Cut

The Cut
George Pelecanos
Reviewed by Nash Robbins
Orion
Thu, 25/08/2011
9781409114567
£12.99

George Pelecanos' The Cut introduces Spero Lucas, a veteran of the Iraq war, who acts as an unlicensed investigator and all-around finder of lost things. When he is hired by a jailed drugs baron, Lucas finds his streetwise knowledge and fighting abilities are put to a rigorous test. Pelecanos offers a well-wrought thriller with finely delineated characters, set in Washington, DC – not the high-flying political hotspot of some tales but rather the back streets, where racial issues from past decades still affect neighbourhoods and where the line between good cop and bad criminal are sometimes easy to cross.

Taut and well-paced, The Cut is a terrific addition to the genre.

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