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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (51 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Epperson Narrator: Donald Corre Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Acclaimed novelist of The Kind One and screenwriter of such films as One False Move and The Gift, Tom Epperson brings the violence-soaked world of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men and the heroism of Jack Schaefer’s Shane together to create an iconic action thriller for the twenty-first century.

Gina fell for the wrong guy. Joe came into her life promising her everything, and he gave it to her, along with a world of hell. But Gina was stronger than Joe realized. After years of suffering the terror of being married to a criminal, she took the one thing he ever gave her that she wanted: her son, Luke. Then she turned the bastard in.

With her husband behind bars, her father-in-law will stop at nothing for revenge. He wants his grandson back, the heir to his criminal empire. With a vast network that stretches across the country, every favor is called in to kill Gina and return Luke to his grandfather.

Gina can trust no one. Even the US marshal assigned to keep her and Luke safe is on the payroll. So with a gun and stolen diamonds in her purse—and derelicts, the law, and hit men on her tail—Gina takes Luke and runs.

Los Angeles was only supposed to be a quick stop—sleep, eat, and continue running—but then they meet Gray. He says he’s a sailor, but he seems to be hiding a lot. And when the time comes, he’s the only thing standing between her and the grave.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Simply a great thriller—full of action but about people, tough but not bleak, fast and yet thoughtful. Highly recommended.”

    Lee Child

  • Sailor is a great read! Just as you think you know where you’re going, Tom Epperson throws another twist in your path. Style and story, I loved it all.”

    Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[An] exquisitely written, expertly plotted thriller…In places, the novel reads like a modernday noir; in others, it feels like a Tarantino movie—not surprising, perhaps, from an author whose 2009 debut novel The Kind One was Edgar-nominated and who makes movies with Billy Bob Thornton. If this one doesn’t also get an award nomination or two, it’ll be a big surprise—and a gross injustice.”

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  • Sailor is a modern-day fable, compelling and heartbreaking. It will grab you from page one and keep you a grateful hostage until its surprising and moving conclusion.”

    Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Employing spare, almost hallucinatory prose, and a keen eye for detail, Tom Epperson has created an unforgettable cast of characters set against a sun-bleached noir background. By turns frightening and darkly comic, Sailor is the literary equivalent of a Coen brothers film.”

    Eric Van Lustbader, New York Times bestselling author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Penny | 11/20/2013

    " An excellent novel, kudos Mr. Epperson, I could hardly stand to set it down for any length of time whatsoever. Didn't want to go to bed or anything, just read. You are definitely going on my list of authors to watch! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mike Cavosie | 10/9/2013

    " Good story, but fuck, why so many sentence fragments? Which got really annoying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Amy | 6/17/2013

    " Herky jerky writing + flat characters + and a plot that hasn't even thought about developing by page 80 = did-not-finish shelf. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by imsocrafty | 4/17/2013

    " Is it wrong that I wanted her to get whacked? I couldn't even finish listening to this one. "

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About the Author

Tom Epperson is the cowriter, with Billy Bob Thornton, of A Family Thing (starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones, nominated for the Humanitas Prize), One False Move (named as one of the year’s best films by a number of top critics), and The Gift (directed by Sam Raimi and starring Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves, and Hilary Swank). Epperson’s first book, The Kind One, was nominated for an Edgar and a Barry Award in 2009. He lives in Los Angeles.