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(Spero Lucas #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,044 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Het lijkt gemakkelijk: het waardevolle schilderij Dubbelportret
terughalen, dat door de ex-vriend van Grace Kinkaid van haar gestolen is. Dit is waar Spero Lucas goed in is: terugbrengen wat vermist wordt, discreet. Maar Grace wil meer. Ze wil dat Lucas op zoek gaat naar de man die haar heeft bedrogen – een gewelddadige crimineel.
Lucas is iemand die weet hoe hij moet krijge
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 2014 by Ambo|Anthos (first published October 8th 2013)
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Dan Schwent
While trying to clear a man for the murder of his mistress, Spero Lucas takes on another case, the case of a painting stolen by a woman's former lover. Further complicating things is a love affair Spero is having with a married woman. Can Spero recover The Double and survive his new lady love with his health intact?

First, the official business. I got this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for reviewing it. This new Kindle is quickly paying for itself.

The first Spero Lucas book, The Cut, was also my
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm in a few week period where I can read anything I'd like, and I have been using that time to read new books that I am not necessarily all that excited for. For a change I decided, I'm going to read something I've been meaning to read and that I'll enjoy and life will be good. So I picked The Double, the newest novel by George Pelecanos, which I've been meaning to get around to for almost a year.

I only have an ARC, but the always wonderful Karen got it for me at last year's BEA and it's inscr
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan has a theory that Spero Lucas is the illegitimate son of Travis McGee, and considering the similarities between the two, this seems like a reasonable scenario.

Both are ex-military guys who eschew the traditional American lifestyle of steady jobs and families so that they can live on their own terms. Not only are their attitudes alike, they also have found similar ways to turn a buck by recovering stolen items for a percentage of their value in incidents where the owners can’t use the legal s
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

"Lucas made a low hourly wage working for [defense attorney] Tom Petersen, and he was looking at an eighty-thousand-dollar payoff on the Kinkaid job. A smart guy might have prioritized the work. But Lucas liked to honor his commitments, and . . . he was curious." -- page 39

Two years ago when I read The Cut, crime writer Pelecanos' debut of thirtysomething Marine Corps veteran-turned-Washington D.C. private investigator Spero Lucas, I found it to be a good but mostly serviceable detectiv
A friend of a friend, Grace Kinkaid, comes to Spero with a job: steal back a painting that a con-man recently walked off with. Having disappeared from her life as mysteriously as he appeared, Grace needs to know who he is and if he’s pulling the same tricks with others. Can Spero track down the scumbag, get Grace’s painting back and earn his cut?

I didn’t enjoy The Double quite as much as I did the first Spero Lucas novel, The Cut. In fact, I purposely put off writing this review for several days
Larry H
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd rate this 4.5, maybe even 4.75 stars.

George Pelecanos may be one of the finest crime writers around, but for reasons I can't quite figure out, he's not nearly as well-known as a number of less talented writers in the genre. While his work on the acclaimed television series The Wire has increased his name recognition a bit, it's a shame that more people aren't aware of the talent this man has to draw magnetic yet flawed characters, compellingly twisted plots, and crackling action.

His latest n
Although I like Dion Graham as an actor the inner city dialect of this narration is not something that held my attention. I might focused on the story more had I read the book.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Double, the latest novel by George Pelecanos, features a decent plot and some interesting characters. It is fast-paced and rather suspenseful. In this book, Pelecanos brings back his character Spero Lucas (previously featured in The Cut. Spero, just turned 30, is an Iraq war veteran who puts to good use his Marine training in his current occupation as an investigator for a criminal attorney in Washington, D.C. On the side, he has a business finding stolen property, whether legal or not, for ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Writing this makes me so sad, not liking this book makes me so sad, I was really looking forward to new Pelecanos and I am disheartened at how much I hated everything about this book. Nothing worked right, the pacing was off, how the characters were developed was clunky and much of the information felt like page filler serving no purpose, there are sex scenes that could be in the running for The Worst Sex Scene in Books of 2013, and nothing is gripping or page turning about it.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am an avid fan of George Pelecanos and always look forward to this time of the year which holds the promise of a new book from him, so was as keen as mustard to read this follow-up to The Cut featuring ex-soldier and private investigator Spero Lucas. Unfortunately, The Double didn’t quite live up to my expectations, comprising mostly of sex, cycling, a bit of canoeing, sex, a murder investigation, sex and a missing painting, but here are my thoughts…

There can be no argument that Lucas is a won
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed my first Spero Lucus read. This complicated character gets the job done in the best way he sees fit. The only negative was a bit of preachiness near the end that is best ignored. 8 of 10 stars
Richard Knight
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Pelecanos classic. I even like this one better than The Cut. Wonder if he'll write another Spero book. Here's hoping. ...more
Mal Warwick
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few if any other American writers can capture the rhythms and speech patterns of inner-city streets as well as George Pelecanos. Best known as the lead writer and sometime producer on the celebrated HBO series “The Wire” and later on its successor, “Treme,” Pelecanos has also written 21 novels. The Double, his second outing with Iraq vet Spero Lucas, is his most recent book.

The adopted son of Greek immigrants, Lucas is 28. He is an ex-Marine haunted by his experiences of door-to-door fighting in
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
The title refers to a painting, but it also links to the dual nature of man and, in particular, Spero Lucas, the protagonist of this novel.

Spero is a Marine veteran of Iraq who is trying to readjust to civilian life while continuing to live on the edge as an investigator and retriever of stolen property. When an emotionally damaged woman hires him to recover the stolen painting Spero is plunged into a maelstrom that will test both his courage and his opinion of himself.

Spero Lucas is a complicat
I'm not giving this three stars based on my strong dislike for Spero Lucas, it's just that I didn't really find the story here as interesting as usual. It's a good, quick read, just not very griping. That said, can we talk about how much I'd like to shake my fist at Spero? I find him so unimpressive. (view spoiler) ...more
Wilhelmina Jenkins
I love Pelecanos and I have read almost everything that he has written, but the new series with Spero Lucas as the protagonist just doesn't grab me the way his earlier books did. I suspect that one reason is that, in his earlier books, his setting was the Washington, DC in which I grew up and he wrote about it as well as any author I've ever read. His depiction of the "new" DC just isn't as rich to me. In addition, Spero Lucas is a young man who is a Gulf War veteran who is, I would guess, inter ...more
John McDonald
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading George Pelecanos Double was like taking a walk through the mind of a criminal wanting to do good, but in the end, he was a murderer nonetheless, no matter how Pelecanos made him appear to be on the side of right and justice. But this is what Pelecanos does best: take us on a tour of the mean streets, the conversations of the habitues of the mean streets; and through the colorful and expressive language that Pelecanos uses to personify his characters, inform us of how virtue finds a path ...more
Jeffrey Mervosh
It's a lot of fun to read a crime thriller set in your city, and Pelecanos' eye for geographic detail is pretty great. Many of the routes that Spero Lucas bikes to get to and from interviews or pass hours thinking through a case are familiar to any DC resident, but it's his visits to local establishments that are a lot of fun. Lucas travels between the lines of native Washingtonians and newer transient gentrification, offering views of both sides of the city's physical and symbolic divide. His s ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books-read
Spero Lucas continues his good work recovering assets for people in need. When he goes to recover a painting titled The Double, he walks into a dumb-ass criminal group, and instead of using his brain, he lets his anger guide his brawn into a dangerous situation.
Note to Pelecanos: You are good on details all the way down to street level businesses and popular dub performers. That's beyond me, but you could research the Glock Model 17 to know it has no safety to disengage. You made this mistake tw
Bob M.
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh...I get the feeling Pelecanos thinks of himself as part Chandler part Tarantino. Just like Tarantino writes some dialogue so that movie-goers will say "Wow, isn't he clever", same, I believe goes for Pelecanos. If you take out the supposedly entertaining banter between Lucas and others, this is a short story at best. However, since I could not do what he and others do, my hat is still off to a pretty good plot with backstory. ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. I’ll read more by him and see what I think.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
A decent thriller, somewhat straightforward in presentation, no real twists for the most part. I enjoyed the main character, but something felt off about him. This reminded me a bit of a series I enjoyed as a kid, THE EXECUTIONER. Similar kind of style, perhaps. Basically bad guys doing bad stuff. For the most part I liked it.
Craig Pittman
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terse and effective thriller that slowly makes you aware that there's a lot more going on under the surface.

I've been a fan of Pelecanos' writing for quite some time now and have read nearly all of his other books (my favorite is still "The Sweet Forever" but plenty of others are great, including "Drama City" and "The Night Gardener"). He has a keen eye for the urban landscape around the District of Columbia and a knack for dialogue and action scenes. He's not afraid to tackle issues like race
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pelecanos is a great writer, and the book moves very well, but at points it's almost as if he's writing misogynistic porn ...more
Mark Stevens
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I come in praise of Dion Graham. To me, Graham is the ideal narrator for the gritty streets where George Pelecanos sets his stories, in the underbelly of Washington, D.C.

Graham is smooth and nuanced. He gives the stories weight and credibility.

I see Pelecanos name on the spine and I think, dependable. Not always, but close.

“The Double” breaks no new ground. It doesn’t play with the urban crime novel genre—it basks with pride down in the muck and mess and meanness.

We met Spero Lucas in “The Cut
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book from Pelecanos, though we've gotten to the point now where they're starting to blur together (Jamee Lee Burke's David Robichaux novels elicit the same reaction from me). This is the second Spero Lucas novel, about a young Iraq war veteran turned investigator for a local defense attorney. Lucas takes on other jobs, too, including attempting to get back a fairly valuable painting ("the double" of the title) that was stolen from a middle-aged woman who suspects her overgrown beach ...more
Ray Palen
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throughout his career, George Pelecanos has produced some of the grittiest and effective crime noir in the business. Yet, for some unexplained reason, his novels typically take a back-seat to fellow genre writers like Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly.

Having written for independent film as well as the HBO series THE WIRE and TREME, Pelecanos has carved out a nice niche for himself. THE DOUBLE is standard Pelecanos. Set amid the back-drop of modern D.C. and featuring many recurring characters fr
Gloria Feit
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In light of the disjointed activities in recent weeks in the nation’s Capital, the situations described in this novel, featuring Spero Lucas, who initially appeared in “The Cut,” to which this book is a follow-up, should not come as a surprise. Lucas, an ex-Marine, is an investigator for a defense attorney, and takes jobs on the side in which he finds things for people.

“The Double” of the title is a painting, stolen from a woman friend of a bartender who asks Lucas to retrieve it. What seems to
David Carr
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This is fine work, an homage to the masters of the single-minded independent operator, but also a vigorous, swift narrative in its own right. Pelecanos makes his mentors clear: John D. MacDonald, Richard Stark, Don Carpenter (who I have yet to read), and a few select others. Spero Lucas is a descendent of McGee and Parker. The Double -- the name of an art treasure that must be recovered -- holds perhaps the most bloody and ruthless scenes in any book I have read by this author, and the most vivi ...more
Robert Intriago
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-noir, 2013
This is the second in the Spiro Lucas series. It is much better than the original in that it resembles some of Pelecano's earlier work: dark and violent. Spiro works on three different investigations and this leads him to confront some pretty bad characters. He uses an assorted group of friends to assist him in accomplishing his goals. The book contains some very graphic sexual scenes, which in my opinion were excessive and in cases not pertinent to the investigative story. The author uses some ...more
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George Pelecanos was born in Washington, D.C., in 1957. He worked as a line cook, dishwasher, bartender, and woman's shoe salesman before publishing his first novel in 1992.

Pelecanos is the author of eighteen novels set in and around Washington, D.C.: A Firing Offense, Nick's Trip, Shoedog, Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go, The Big Blowdown, King Suckerman, The Sweet Forever, Shame the Devi

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