In The Cut Lucas Spero, sharp, confident, and perhaps a bit naïve, returned to D.C. from Iraq and took up a career as a private investigator. It’s been a few years, and now the latest of the very human heroes in George Pelecanos’s fictional universe is starting to sense his own limitations. Hired to find a stolen painting called The Double (Little, Brown, $26), Spero anticipates a smooth closure to a straightforward case. But the thief has a gang of thugs at his beck and call, and the client—the kingpin’s ex-girlfriend—wants revenge as well as the artwork. Pelecanos, always more than a genre writer, achieves both the excitement and suspense of classic crime fiction and creates the characters and plot worthy of a literary novel. The latest from one of D.C.’s finest is not to be missed.

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ISBN: 9780316078399
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 8th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780316078405
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 23rd, 2014

The stunning three-volume National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years (Taschen, $499) speaks for itself, but here are a few details: a slip-cased set, this limited edition contains some 1,500 pages of images, from autochromes to Kodachromes to digital photos. The featured photographers include Steve McCurry, Frans Lanting, James Nachtwey, and scores of others. The terrain is global, starting in America and the Antarctic, moving through Europe and Africa, and winding up in Asia and Oceania. The truly ground-breaking photo-essays are complemented by no less pioneering and authoritative articles, which as well as covering nature, travel, and culture, chart the constantly changing story of how we view the world. With full access to National Geographic’s archives, Taschen has delivered a fittingly monumental commemoration on this beloved magazine’s 125th anniversary.

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By Reuel Golden (Editor), Benedikt Taschen (Editor)
ISBN: 9783836549981
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Published: Taschen - November 17th, 2014

Vincent van Gogh’s The Large Plane Trees and The Road Menders are similar in design and composition. But in fact, the artist copied the second from the first, making bolder color choices and sharpening the details. Analyzing the two paintings, co-curators Eliza Rathbone of the Phillips Collection and the Cleveland Museum of Art’s William Robinson, decided to build a whole show around these and many other van Gogh Repetitions (Yale Univ., $50). Van Gogh did multiple versions of certain landscapes and portraits (with a variety of approaches), and it’s fascinating to see them side by side. The exhibition also becomes a very personal story, as van Gogh’s works are based on paintings by artists he loved, such as Millet and Gaugin, and of sitters whom he trusted, like Dr. Gachet and the postman Joseph Roulin and his family. In addition to the curators’ essays and painting-by-painting entries, two conservators provide technical analyses. (The exhibit will be at the Phillips Collection through January 24, 2014, then heads to the Cleveland Museum of Art.)

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ISBN: 9780300190823
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: The Phillips Collection - November 26th, 2013