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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (336 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nic Pizzolatto Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan-sharking bar owner, wants him dead. Roy is alert to the possibility that a routine assignment could be a deathtrap. Yet what the would-be killers do to Roy Cady is not the same as what he does to them, and after a smoking spasm of violence, they are mostly dead, and he is mostly alive.

Before Roy makes his getaway, he realizes there are two women in the apartment, one of them still breathing, and he sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a fateful decision. He takes her with him as he goes on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas—an action as ill-advised as it is inescapable. The girl’s name is Rocky, and she is too young, too tough, too sexy—and far too much trouble. Roy, Rocky, and her sister hide in the battered seascape of Galveston’s country-western bars and seedy hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pickup trucks, and ashed-out hopes.

Recalling the moody violence of the early novels of Cormac McCarthy and Denis Johnson, this powerful, potent, and atmospheric thriller is impossible to put down.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by KarenC | 2/16/2014

    " A bleak story in which we want to support the "bad guy." Roy Cady has been a mob bagman and enforcer all his working life, so you know he's done bad things. But after he rescues a young woman during a job gone wrong, and in which he and his partner were ambushed, you want to see him differently. Pizzolatto does a good job getting his characters right and making them come alive; engaging the reader and encouraging sympathy for the difficult situations they face.There isn't a real mystery here, but a sensitive character study of two people who met under bad circumstances and want to move on to make something more of their lives. Roy's dying, we know that from the start, so we watch him take risks to help the young woman and her sister. It was a short, yet engrossing read and I'm curious to see how Pizzolatto develops as an author. I wasn't into it at the beginning, but kept reading based on the strength of its Edgar nomination. By the end I wasn't sorry I had continued. A good debut novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeffrey Turmelle | 2/3/2014

    " Great story. Quick read. This was an interesting character study that reminded me a lot of Dennis Lehane's novels. Violent, but in a good way. Interesting interactions between the characters describing a part of society most of us will never see, or want to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicolette | 1/31/2014

    " For being the author's first novel, this book shows promise in the writer. Although it was not a very deep story, this read was a quick and pleasant one. Hoping for a more in depth novel, I would pick up his next release. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margee | 1/25/2014

    " Hard-boiled and no-words-wasted crime story about a southern hit man on the run, and the young girl he accidentally rescues during a break-in gone wrong. The characters are compelling; the language is plain; the action when it comes, out of nowhere and surprising. A quick and satisfying read. "

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About the Author

Nic Pizzolatto’s fiction has appeared in the Atlantic, the Oxford American, the Missouri Review, the Iowa Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and several other publications. His work has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award, and his story collection Between Here and the Yellow Sea was named by Poets & Writers magazine as one of the top five fiction debuts of the year. In 2012 he created a new series for HBO titled True Detective, the first season of which was nominated for the Emmy for best Drama Series.