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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald E. Westlake Narrator: Stephen R. Thorne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hospitalized after a liaison with another man’s wife ends in violence, Paul Cole has just one goal: to rebuild his shattered life. But with his memory damaged, the police hounding him, and no way even to get home, Paul’s facing steep odds—and a bleak fate if he fails. This final, never-before-published novel by three-time Edgar Award winner Donald E. Westlake is a noir masterpiece, a dark and painful portrait of a man’s struggle against merciless forces that threaten to strip him of his very identity. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel’s deeper meditations will keep you thinking long after you’ve closed the book.”

    USA Today

  • “Westlake’s fans will note the author’s typically careful use of description and dialogue…But this is no typical Westlake novel; in fact, in many ways it’s one of his most interesting books, simply because it’s so very different.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lovely language and the overall discourse on the consequences of thoughtlessness make this a significant final work from a master.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The three-time Edgar winner and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master left a huge body of work as well as a devoted following. Noir fans will be eager to jump on this ‘found’ work even though it’s different from much of his later more comedic work.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ednor | 2/15/2014

    " Really good looking cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sean Hackbarth | 2/11/2014

    " At a fundamental level it's a conservative book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Corey | 2/2/2014

    " I can't remember the last novel I enjoyed this much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dominick | 1/12/2014

    " Is identity inherent or a function of your brain's physical health? Actor Paul Cole gets beaten up, and his memory is damaged; most of his past is gone, and he has difficulty retrieving and retaining memories. His character seems different, and he desperately tries to reclaim himself. This long final novel from Donald E. Westlake isn't really a crime novel (unless you count Cole getting beaten up before the novel begins, there's no crime), but it is as bleak and depressing as noir is. It's also a very early book, not published until now, perhaps becasue it is too literary a novel for the paperback original market in the early 1960s. It's a very good book, perhaps somewhat longer than it needs to be, and perhaps scientifically implausible at points (hey, it was written 50 years ago, what do you want?), but remarkably precise and insightful in its construction of the protagonist. One of Westlake's best, even if it sat unpublished for fifty years. "

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