Monday, September 24, 2012
Spero Lucas is a young veteran (ex-Marine) of the Iraq war who now works as a freelance investigator. He is good at finding things and his standard fee is a 40% cut of the recovered property. After doing some good work to help Washington, DC, lawyer Tom Petersen get car theft charges dismissed against a good kid who made a bad decision, he meets with the boy's father, Anwan Hawkins, who is currently in prison on drug charges. Hawkins explains to Spero the FedEx scheme he uses to smuggle his marijuana. Recent losses of two shipments, however, have been costly and he wants Lucas to find them for him.
In my opinion, this is a very good book. Pelecanos spins an origanal and suspenseful tale, set in the neighborhoods surrounding our nation's capital with a cast of interesting and well-developed characters.