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The Double

The Double

A Novel

Book - 2013 | First edition
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"The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting--"The Double"--Grace Kinkaid's ex-boyfriend stole from her. It's the sort of thing Spero Lucas 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316078399 (hbk.)
0316078395 (hbk.)
Branch Call Number: M PELECANOS
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 12, 2019

The heavy plotting could have been manageable if that was the only flaw to this novel. But it quickly degenerates into a cluster of racialist and misogynistic stereotypes that becomes more and more difficult to push through. I kept waiting for an ironic twist that would unravel into a reflexive parody of the attitudes accumulated across the pages. But the twist never happens, leaving a unpleasant aftertaste.

Jun 07, 2019

I found that his writing of women was from how men want women to be, but really missed the mark.

Feb 22, 2015

Agree with Djeremay. The underlying premise was interesting, but in the end was not substantial enough to make the novel a rewarding read. This novel was missing nearly all of the ingenuity of THE CUT.

Djeremay Aug 24, 2014

Started out good but the plot rapidly ran out of steam. By the time I reached the final scenes I no longer cared. Too bad, as it started with such promise.

mrsgail5756 Jan 28, 2014

A very good book. Not to be missed.

hgeng63 Oct 22, 2013

Pelecanos continues his excavation of American masculinities with this superior yet half-hearted sequel to THE CUT. Fans of his Derek Strange/Terry Quinn novels possibly won't want to miss page 46.


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