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A Small Town: A Novel of Crime Kindle Edition
When twelve inmates pull off an audacious prison break, it liberates more than a thousand convicts into the nearby small town. The newly freed prisoners rape, murder, and destroy the quiet community—burning down homes and businesses. An immense search ensues, but the twelve who plotted it all get away.
After two years, the local and federal police agencies have yet to find them. Then, the mayor calls in Leah Hawkins, a local cop who lost a loved one that terrible night. She’s placed on sabbatical to travel across the country learning advanced police procedures. But the sabbatical is merely a ruse. Her real job is to track down the infamous twelve—and kill them.
Leah’s mission takes her from Florida to New York and from the beaches of California to an anti-government settlement deep in the Ozarks. But when the surviving fugitives realize what she’s up to, a race to kill or be killed ensues in this nonstop tale of vengeance from the Edgar Award–winning author of The Butcher’s Boy.
“Leah proves to be both a brilliant detective and a cunning predator.” —Associated Press
“Perry is an expert storyteller . . . A Small Town unfolds like a 1950s film noir.” —Wall Street Journal
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“Since his Edgar Award-winning debut novel, The Butcher's Boy . . . Thomas Perry has put together a rewarding string of suspense novels with as much cool competence as some of his best protagonists bring to their work . . . Perry’s a real pro.” ―Shelf Awareness, on The Old Man --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07YBHX9CQ
- Publisher : Mysterious Press (December 17, 2019)
- Publication date : December 17, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4141 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 339 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,915 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A quick review of the basic plot - a well planned prison break from a prison located pretty much in the middle of nowhere with only a small town nearby. The prison break itself almost caused me to stop reading because it was less about the creative efforts that went into the prison break and more about shooting, hanging and throwing prison guards off high walls. It moved from there to the town where we were told the main bad guys killed more people.
I continued to read because the plot then moved to two years later and the town's police chief setting out (with the help of misdirected federal funds) to take vengeance on the 12 main perpetrators of the prison break, all of whom had escaped capture and were living free. Then comes the disappointing part. The police chief is a tall, very tall, blond woman who would be hard to miss quietly traveling around the country finding these men (who apparently were able to elude the FBI but not this superwoman police chief) and using frankly unbelievable methods to track them down. She sits in coffee shops and bars listening to people talk; she finds a company that makes very believable false identity documents (but just coincidentally leaves copies of those - two years later - in a bucket the police chief (Leah) finds thus allowing her to track down some of the bad guys. Any trace of this easily identifiable police chief are consumed in fires - this is repeated several times throughout the story. In one case someone other than Leah does the killing, but rather than hiding the bodies out in the wilderness drives them to another state to leave them where they can be found - thus eliminating the need for Leah to go on an endless search for the bad guys.
The author managed to throw in a little gratuitous sex scene, a lot of tedious and repetitive discussion about how to find bad guys trying to hide, and a naive do gooder, romantic ending. There was no real suspense in this book. There was no creative approach to the hunt. There was no real story other than "bad guys killed people and a good woman killed them". Definitely not what I expected from the author of the Jane Whitefield series.
If you truly enjoy vigilante justice - and a superwoman dispensing that justice - you might enjoy this book. Otherwise, it was pretty tedious and unimpressive.
Author, Thomas Perry, is a consummate storyteller. The pacing is perfect, there are no superfluous words, the central character is mesmerizing and this is all done without gratuitous violence, foul language or sexual content. It can be done!
So, why four stars instead of 5? That would be the plot itself. I do realize that this is fiction but it’s not science fiction and Leah is not Rambo or Terminator. Being 6’ 2” is not a magic formula that makes a woman able to become a cold blooded...oh dear, don’t want to spoil the story too much. It is a good one, even if a bit far fetched📚
Bah. I've got better things to do with my time. Loved Butcher's Boy but Thomas, you've been writing drivel for suckers.