New Gritty Crime Novel

The Double by George Pelecanos
Looking for a gritty crime thriller to read this week? Try George Pelecanos' The Double. This second book in the Spero Lucas crime series (first featured in The Cut) received a starred review from Booklist who praises Pelecanos for delivering "another straight-ahead, head-banging, yet still character-focused crime story."

Summary: The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting "The Double" that Grace Kinkaid's ex-boyfriend stole from her. It's the sort of thing Spero Lucas, a former Marine turned private investigator, specializes in: finding what's missing, and doing it quietly. But Grace wants more. She wants Lucas to find the man who humiliated her--a violent career criminal with a small gang of brutal thugs at his beck and call. Lucas is a man who knows how to get what he wants, whether it's a thief on the run--or a married woman. In the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can't last, in pursuit of a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he is--and how far he'll go to get what he wants.

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