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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (430 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Piccirilli Narrator: Mike Chamberlain Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9780307989604
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From award-winning author Tom Piccirilli comes what Lee Child calls “perfect crime fiction,” a wholly original novel introducing the Rands, a vipers’ nest of crooks and cons, one generation stealing from the next. Upon the razor-thin edge between love and violence lives a pair of brothers, their bonds frayed by betrayals and guilt, their loyalty to each other their last salvation.

Raised to pick a pocket before he could walk, Terry Rand cut free from his family after his older brother, Collie, went on a senseless killing spree that left eight dead. Five years later, only days before his scheduled execution, Collie contacts Terry and asks him to return home. Collie claims he wasn’t responsible for one of the murders—and insists that the real killer is still on the loose.

Dogged by his own demons, Terry is swept back into the schemes and scams of his family: His father, Pinsch, a retired cat burglar, brokenhearted because of his two sons. His card-sharp uncles, Mal and Grey, who’ve incurred the anger of the local mob. His grandfather, Shep, whose mind is failing but whose fingers can still slip out a wallet  from across the room. His teenage sister, Dale, who’s flirting dangerously with the lure of the family business. And Kimmie, the woman Terry abandoned, who’s now raising a child with Terry’s former best friend.  

Terry pieces together the day his brother turned rabid, delving into a blood history that reveals the Rand family tree is rotten to the roots, and the secrets his ancestors buried are now coming furious and vengeful to the surface.

A meditation on how love can confine a person just as easily as it can free him, juxtaposing shocking violence and sly humor, The Last Kind Words is the brilliantly inventive family saga that only a singular talent like Tom Piccirilli could conjure.

Praise for The Last Kind Words
“A crime noir mystery as hard-boiled as any in recent memory, recalling the work of Chandler, Pelecanos and Connelly . . . Readers literally will be pinned to their seats until the last page is turned.”—Bookreporter
“At once a dark and brooding page-turner and a heartfelt tale about the ties that bind.”—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Heartbroken
“[A] caustic thriller . . . The characters have strong voices and bristle with funny quirks.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Piccirilli] deserves a breakout novel, and this just might be it.”—Booklist (starred review)

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Perfect crime fiction.”

    Lee Child

  • “You’re in for a treat. Tom Piccirilli is one of the most exciting authors around. He writes vivid action that is gripping and smart, with characters you believe in and care about.”

    David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood

  • “Readers who like a bleak streak in their crime fiction will enjoy this well-wrought novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Piccirilli has created a world so real you can smell the mildew.  After writing crime and horror for presses well known and obscure, he deserves a breakout novel and this just might be it.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Oehler | 2/12/2014

    " Hoped this book would be better than it actually was, but it was good... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Berko | 2/10/2014

    " Another great read by Tom Piccirilli. You can't go wrong with anything he's written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ferris | 12/23/2013

    " Audiobook.......I liked this story quite a bit and will read more by the author. Generally, the notion of struggling with being a member of a family of criminals and trying to prove that his brother only committed some of the murders he is being put to death for is a unique plot. What codes of honor exist in families and among criminals is an interesting question. Sometimes I thought too many issues were being tackled at once and the story seemed jumbled. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glennie | 12/2/2013

    " Had a good twist. The dog names were never explained which would have been nice, but I didn't really expect it! Terry was a believable character put in a tough spot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Kayden | 11/27/2013

    " Great book, can't wait to read follow up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 11/16/2013

    " A pretty dismal, hopeless story....still, interesting writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 11/10/2013

    " A rare find. This book is crammed with fantastic characters: eccentric, flawed, and very compelling. And Terrier Rand- to die for! A lead character unlike any other. Plus the plot is damn interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julian Johnson | 9/6/2013

    " thoroughly enjoying it. Well written + as others have commented, clever and well formed characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/7/2013

    " Loved this book. Great crime novel with very interesting characters and a captivating plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darleen | 8/5/2013

    " could have been a contender.........anti-climatic, always waiting for something to HAPPEN.......but i like his writing style "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 6/14/2013

    " This was fabulous and intense and the whole time I was reading I felt like someone was hitting with an emotional baseball bat. I can't wait to read another of Piccirilli's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 2/18/2013

    " Terrier Rand returns home when his brother Collie (yes, they are named after dogs) asks to see him before he is executed for a murder spree. The Rand's are grifters, but anti-violent... or so their self-image insists. Generally too much angst over too many pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Beck | 2/16/2013

    " An excellent story about a family of thieves. A very different story but with excellent characters and a very interesting plot. Excellent description of the family dynamic in a family with issues. Terrier Rand is one of the most interesting protagonists I have ever encountered. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn | 12/12/2012

    " Meh. Interesting premise, but I just couldn't engage with the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krazdi | 9/18/2012

    " Kept me on my toes. Not really believable for a family of thieves to have such morals but intersting premise so thus the four stars. Finished the book pretty quickly as well - I would put in the beach read category. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/2/2012

    " Fantastic...highly recommend ...I am so hoping for another Rand book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray Palen | 5/23/2012

    " Read my review on bookreporter.com "

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About the Author
Author Tom Piccirilli

Tom Piccirilli (1965–2015) was the author of more than twenty novels, including The Cold Spot, The Midnight Road, The Dead Letters, Headstone City, November Mourns, and A Choir of Ill Children. He was a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award and Le Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire. The Midnight Road won the International Thriller Writers Award for best paperback original.

About the Narrator

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles whose audiobook narration has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy.