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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,496 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kellerman Narrator: Alexander Adams, Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Petra Connor Series Release Date:
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In this riveting, astute, high-tension thriller, the creator of psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware weaves a Dickensian tale of innocence, urban depravity, and the resilience of the human spirit, and brings to the listener one of the most endearing and finely drawn characters in contemporary fiction.

Twelve-year-old Billy Straight—precocious, heartbreakingly perceptive, relentlessly moral—has fled the chaos and abuse of his life at home and is fighting to survive on LA’s meanest streets. All alone, Billy has fashioned a precarious existence for himself, using principled tricks to nourish his body and his mind.

Late one night he watches from his hiding place as a man viciously butchers a woman. The victim turns out to be the ex-wife of a television celebrity with a history of domestic violence, and Billy becomes the center of terrifying attention—from the media, from violent bounty hunters, and from the murderer himself. As he runs for his life, relying on his native wit and instincts for survival, Billy is also tracked by a potential savior: Petra Connor, a tough, gifted, beautiful LAPD homicide detective with a past of her own.

Breathtakingly paced, Billy Straight brings to life one street kid’s efforts to survive in the face of unspeakable evil. Richly layered, emotionally compelling, and peopled by a vivid cast of supporting characters—including Alex Delaware himself in a strong cameo role—this gripping novel represents one of the century’s great story-tellers at the top of his form.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeffrey | 2/11/2014

    " As always Jonathan Kellerman is a very polished writer for these stories. Really enjoyed the tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rod Zemke | 2/9/2014

    " One of his better books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jonna Doughty | 1/19/2014

    " This is probably Kellerman's best novel. Don't read it if you want a peaceful night's sleep, but if you're looking for well-crafted characters, a suspensful storyline, and lots of twists, this is the book for you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Smoochys | 1/14/2014

    " this book just wasn't as good as the delaware books, or maybe i was expecting too much "

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About the Narrator

Alexander Adams was named by AudioFile as one of the Best Voices of the Century and now includes him in their annual Golden Voices roundup of top narration talent. He has recorded over 500 audiobooks. To date he has won eighteen of AudioFile‘s coveted Earphone Awards and one Audie Award.