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BOOKSHOTS: A solid and engaging crime drama

The Double - George Pelecanos

Who wrote it?


George Pelecanos, an American crime novelist who often focuses on Washington, D.C., and a writer/producer for The Wire and Treme.


Plot in a Box:


A murder and a stolen painting bring Spero Lucas face-to-face with a small ring of criminals—and himself.


Invent a new title for this book


You Know What I’ve Done


Read this if you liked:


The Hunter and other novels by Donald E. Westlake.


Meet the book’s lead:


Lucas, a former marine and adept private investigator, is fiercely loyal and determined. He pursues his cases and passions without compromise.


Said lead would be portrayed in a movie by:


A young Viggo Mortensen, not so much for his physical characteristics as for his intensity, physical capability, and palpable confidence.


Setting: Would you want to live there?


This novel includes thieves, rapists, and murderers, which are not neighbors I find appealing. I’ve never wanted to live in or near Washington, D.C., and a crime novel just is not the right medium to change my mind.


What was your favorite sentence?


Pelecanos' use of short, direct sentences makes choosing one sentence impossible, since the power of the writing comes from the whole, rather than the part.


The Verdict:


Read the rest of Teeney Hood's review here