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The Cut [Audio]
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George Pelecanos is the author of several highly praised and bestselling novels, including The Cut, What It Was, The Way Home, The Turnaround, and The Night Gardener. He is also an independent-film producer, an essayist, and the recipient of numerous international writing awards. He was a producer and Emmy-nominated writer for The Wire and currently writes for the acclaimed HBO series Treme. He lives in Maryland.

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When valuable things are stolen, investigator Spero Lucas is the one to find them. Tired of his modest job working for a Washington, DC, defense attorney, he accepts a proposal from a drug lord. A 40 percent commission may be profitable, but it moves him into the shady side, where ensuing double-dealing produces violence and a growing body count. Audie Award-winning actor Dion Graham infuses life into a large cast of characters that include Washington professionals, street punks, and Spero's ex-military buddies, but keeping track of everyone in this short novel becomes a challenge. Fast moving and hard edged, this first episode in a new series is not for everyone, but those who appreciate contemporary urban thrillers can expect a fine listen. [The Reagan Arthur hc, published in August, was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

In Pelecanos's latest, ex-Marine Spero Lucas, returned from Iraq, is trying to maintain some semblance of humanity and morality while sleuthing on the mean streets of Washington, D.C. Soon he finds himself accepting a job from a notorious crime boss and descending into a world of violence and intrigue. Narrator Dion Graham lends each character-including Lucas, his no-nonsense mother, his well-educated African-American stepbrother, his sullen convict client, and a couple of naive thieves-a distinctive, appropriate voice. Graham also shines in his rendering of the author's lively, naturalistic dialogue, while his oddly fluctuating, almost singsong narration becomes less and less distracting as the action ramps up, with Lucas searching for a cache of stolen drugs and his place in civilian life. A Little, Brown/Reagan Arthur Books hardcover. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

"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
"Pelecanos keeps readers on their toes 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
"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

"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

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