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Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1040 KB
Print Length: 449 pages
Publisher: Sphere (29 July 2014)
Language: English
ASIN: B00HP4HABG
Characters:  Audie Palmer, Desiree Furness

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Synopsis:   

Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is.
For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he’s due to be released.
Everybody wants to find Audie, but he’s not running. Instead he’s trying to save a life . . . and not just his own.

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My Review

Audie Palmer is his own man and is on a mission which starts by escaping gaol the day before he is released.  So what is going on?
This gritty thriller gives up its secrets in measured doses and kept me guessing right through. Audie’s character is great, he is just the sort of guy you want on your side. It is a real good guy vs bad guy story but working out who is who is not so simple.
I enjoyed how Robotham introduces Audie without telling his history and secrets too quickly, and enables us to get right into his psyche.

“The night is over. Audie leans against a damp wall and writes a list of the things he needs. Other people would be running. They would be selling their watch, the gold in their teeth, a spare kidney; they would be catching a bus to Mexico or Canada or working passage on a container ship or swimming to Cuba. Perhaps he desires his own destruction, although Adie doubts he has the necessary moral fibre to support a death wish.”

There are some really great lines which sang to me as I was reading. Some of them are important and serious, and some were clearly lighthearted but no way detracted from its darker meaning. My favourite line says a universal truth:

Waiting sounds like a passive thing, but it wasn’t for Audie.

There is a great balance of humour with the thrills throughout the book such as this which shows the dark side of characters painting a picture I had in my mind when I read it:

“Mercenaries with made-up name, Jake and Stav, they won’t speak unless they have something to say.  They’ll do their job as long as they’re paid.  Jake has long hair tied back in a ponytail, but he’s receding at the front, as if the tide were going out leaving his eyebrows behind.”

The narrative connected with emotions, that took me into the excitement of the chase.

“Looking up and down the sand, he’s filled with a desperate, almost suffocating sadness and sense of abandonment. Why does the world have so little need of him. Why can’t it just be ambivalent?”

Later in the book enters Special Agent Desiree Furness, knee high to a grasshopper short, she is the person who gave me the ‘finally a good cop whose going to do something’ feeling, and she does not disappoint with her quiet but determined character.

It’s great how the strong characters have not necessarily been thrust forward right at the beginning or have remained in the spotlight of the plot. This is quite clever because all of the players are layered in such a way that it keeps the suspense of where it is leading.

The cover of the book is not exciting but this is a great thriller to read!
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Many thanks to the publisher for a copy via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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