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Author: Andrew Klavan Narrator: Andrew Klavan Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781609980283
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John Shannon is a petty thief on the run. A three-time loser framed for a murder he didn’t commit, he knows the cops are closing in on him and that he is facing life in prison—or death by lethal injection. Then, as if out of nowhere, a bizarre text message draws him to a meeting in the dark of night. A foreigner who calls himself the “Identity Man” offers Shannon an incredible chance to start again: a new face, a new home, a new beginning.

Soon, to his amazement, Shannon finds himself living a life he never dreamed possible. In a ruined city that is trying to rebuild, he finds work as a carpenter and a wood carver. He meets the beautiful Teresa Grey and for the first time falls in love with the sort of woman who could make him a better man.

It seems too good to be true—and it is. Just as Shannon feels within sight of redemption, all hell breaks loose. It turns out this ruined city is crawling with corruption. There are crooked politicians, gangsters, dirty cops everywhere—and, for some reason he doesn’t understand, all of them seem to want Shannon dead.

John Shannon has run out of second chances, and now he is running out of time. Moving through the darkness in the burnt-out shambles of a dirty town, he has got to ferret out the secret of his new life—and fast—if he wants to be left with any life at all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Klavan is simply one of this country’s best writers. The Identity Man is a masterwork by an author clearly at the top of his game.”

    Brad Thor, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A compelling moral fable in the shape of a gritty, twist-filled thriller.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A work of intense realism pervaded by sorrow, mercy, hope—and ultimately, transcendence.”

    Washington Times

  • “The inexorable pace and superior quality of the writing lift the story onto a level that feels almost mythic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Klavan builds slow-burning tension like nobody’s business…This noir-tinted tale upends the conventions of that genre: instead of noir’s existentialism, where little people are crushed by unfeeling bureaucracy, in Klavan’s world the bloodthirsty bureaucracy actively wants to crush the little guy. Klavan’s world is dark, indeed.”

    Booklist

  • “Klavan’s sure got the touch for putting the common man in uncommon situations and creating the most suspenseful ride you can find.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “A gripping thriller.”

    Entertainment Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 6/8/2011

    " This was a decent suspense novel, which I listened to on audiobook. When an author can get me to root for a "bad guy" (no matter how misunderstood), that is a sign of good writing. I enjoyed this and will be adding other Klavan works to my reading list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 5/7/2011

    " I should have been warned off by the blurb from Glenn Beck! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 5/2/2011

    " Audio -- Someone needs hormone control "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les | 4/29/2011

    " Wow! This is an amazing novel! Tension on every page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 4/13/2011

    " I needed a happy ending and I was glad that John Shannon paid his dues and got his happy ending. I enjoyed reading this book--borrowed it from my local library. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 1/26/2011

    " I had a hard time getting past the political messages buried throughout this book and focusing on the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 1/16/2011

    " Corrupt politicians and cops; what could go wrong??
    Slow start but accelerates quickly. Good read (definitely not PC) and of course there is a political edge, it's Klavan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Msathos | 12/26/2010

    " 3.5 for non-stop action, a surprising hero, and the addition of a new author to my reading list! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scott | 12/11/2010

    " strange book - couldn't even finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 12/8/2010

    " Until half-way through this book, I wondered why I was even reading it. Then -bam- I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roop | 12/1/2010

    " A very good thriller. I could not stop reading till the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 12/1/2010

    " A solid thriller about crime and retribution, a tad long winded but still ultimately a satsifying read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 11/28/2010

    " Very Good; a small time criminal has his looks and identity changed by an unknown benefactor, then finds himself inserted into a corrupt city and manipulated to try and expose the powers that be
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About the Author

Andrew Klavan is an Edgar Award–winning author, screenwriter, and media commentator. A number of his novels have been made into films, including True Crime, directed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say a Word, starring Michael Douglas.

His novels have been nominated for the Edgar Award five times, winning the award three times. In addition to his thrillers, Andrew has also written a The Homelanders series of books for young adults, as well as Klavan is a contributing editor to City Journal and his essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among other places.