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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (438 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Phillips Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It’s Christmas Eve, 1979, in Wichita, and Charlie Arglist, a crooked lawyer and strip-club owner, is drunkenly making the rounds before he blows town for good. Getting progressively drunker and deeper in trouble, Charlie needs to drop off a photograph of a local official in a compromising position and steal some drug money. Before it’s all over, a lot of people are going to wind up dead.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A funny, craftily malevolent first novel, an ice-pick-sharp crime story that sustains its film noir energy all the way to an outrageous whammy of an ending.”

    New York Times

  • “A deliciously nasty little book…Phillips writes in a spare, straightforward prose style that’s perfectly suited for the Midwestern setting. It also allows for flashes of wicked wit.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[An] astonishing debut novel from a writer who manages to put a funny, modernist spin on a piece of our noir past…”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A pitch-perfect foray into pulp fiction, witty and bitter, with an ironic conclusion that makes a neat package.”

    Library Journal

  • “The narrator is one of the best, Grover Gardner, whose 13 Earphones Awards attest to his abilities in interpreting character. Never mind that his voice is also one of the most pleasant to listen to, something only God could have bestowed.”

    Land Line

  • A 2001 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Mystery
  • Winner of the 2001 California Book Award Silver Medal
  • A New York Times Notable Book
  • A 2001 New York Times Book Review Book of the Year for Mystery and Thrillers
  • A 2001 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2001 Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2000 Hammett Prize Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura Roberts | 12/22/2013

    " I was digging this book... right up until the ending. A really uneven read, as it seemed to build towards an ending that never came. Maybe I should watch the movie instead? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Betsie Bush | 12/19/2013

    " slow starting out, but the ironic ending was worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Helen | 12/12/2013

    " I read this novel in one evening. I enjoyed it but I believe some of that came from living in Wichita for a time so I was trying to pinpoint what area of town the author was describing. The characters were fleshed out without too many words, which I felt added to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cns | 11/13/2013

    " Again, one of the rare instances where the movie is better than the book. (The other is "The Ice Storm." Maybe having "Ice" in the title is a prerequisite...) But in this case, the book is still great. The movie is just a little better because it has a happy ending. "

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