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Author: Tom Epperson Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483051673

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In 1930s Los Angeles, someone desperately wants to know who Danny Landon is. That someone is Danny Landon himself. His more intimate associates call him “Two Gun Danny,” but all the young man really knows about himself is that some terrible incident has erased his memory. 

Danny’s boss is a mobster named Bud Seitz, a vicious, sadistic killer who’s been given the ironic nickname of “The Kind One.” According to Seitz, Danny’s amnesia is the result of being hit in the head with a lead pipe, but Danny’s not sure of anything. How can he be a gangster when he doesn’t feel like one?

As Danny maneuvers through the corrupt, sun-drenched city, he uncovers terrible secrets and finds himself on a mission to liberate those he cares about.

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  • “Tense, emotional, and unforgiving, Tom Epperson’s The Kind One is a beautifully written take on the dark Hollywood of the 30s—a perfect noir novel that is pure and original, with a heavy heart that beats through each page.”

    - Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Tom Epperson’s Depression-era Los Angeles is spot-on…With gangsters on the chase we race down the Sunset Strip, as bullets are flying and blondes are crying. Epperson knows how to write with philosophic compassion and kick-ass action. What a great read!”

    - Steve Hodell, bestselling author of Black Dahlia Avenger
  • “On every page, the language is crisp and fresh, the details sharp and keenly observed, the dialogue real, never forced…The novel itself is of the highest caliber in its genre and makes the leap into literature, as do the best works in all genres.”

    - Los Angeles Times
  • “Hard-biting noir…Epperson presents Landon’s inner turmoil plausibly and manages to throw in an occasional turn of phrase that Raymond Chandler might have penned…it’s an impressive debut and deserves to be followed by more.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Scott Brick brings the perfect tone to Epperson’s noir tale of mobsters, molls and murder in 1930s Los Angeles…Brick brings a subdued sense of melancholy to his portrayal of Layton, capturing the amnesiac’s conflict between what he thinks he knows and what he feels. Weaving world-weariness into each character’s voice, he brilliantly recreates the shadowy glamour of Depression-era Los Angeles.”

    - Publishers Weekly (audio review)
  • “Scott Brick skillfully performs Tom Epperson’s novel, drawing the listener into a story of mystery and intrigue. Brick never disappoints as he makes these rich characters come to life. From the heroic Danny to a victimized child named Sophie, Brick gives everyone a voice.”

    - AudioFile


  • A 2009 Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved 'Danny', Dulwich and Sophie. The writing was nice to settle into and was believable; the characters were great to get to know. "

    - Swanbender2001, 10/31/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a perfect noir novel about gangsters in the 1930's. Murder, mayhem, love, mystery and a surprise ending. It has it all. "

    - Kathy, 10/21/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Read like a Raymond Chandler book (and that's a good thing). I love Thirties noir mysteries. "

    - Melodie, 2/3/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Tom Epperson's book is well-written and interesting, but unrelentingly bleak. I found myself permanently stalled about half-way through it, unwilling to read about the pain and disaster that were obviously ahead for most - if not all - of the characters. "

    - Laura, 10/6/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This will remind you of L.A. Confidential in many ways but more from the gangster angle. It is a good story that has a good pace. "

    - Kristin, 5/22/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Liked this book, although it wasn't as "noir" as the blurbs implied. "

    - Tom, 3/13/2010
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A good history of a 1930's Los Angeles. The story is fast-paced, and an easy read. "

    - Patrick, 2/20/2010
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " David Goodis meets Nathanael West in this story about an amnesiac in the employ of a Los Angeles crime boss who's trying to figure out if what everybody's telling him about his past is true-- and it's not all that certain that he's going to have much of a future, either. "

    - Ron, 12/20/2009
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I like my noir more hard boiled, and frankly, better written. "

    - Michelle, 11/24/2009
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 3.5 stars- great dialogue and atmosphere ala "L. A. Confidential" "

    - Debi, 8/16/2009

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.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.