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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Hamilton Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Nick Mason Novels Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9780451483553
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From New York Times bestselling, two-time Edgar Award–winning author Steve Hamilton comes an unforgettable new hero, a man who will walk out of prison and into a harrowing double life that is anything but free.

Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release twenty years early. He accepts—but the deal comes with a terrible price.

Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He’s returned to society, but he’s still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given. It’s the deal he made with Darius Cole, a criminal mastermind serving a double-life term who runs an empire from his prison cell.

Forced to commit increasingly more dangerous crimes, hunted by the relentless detective who put him behind bars, and desperate to go straight and rebuild his life with his daughter and ex-wife, Nick will ultimately have to risk everything—his family, his sanity, and even his life—to finally break free.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nick Mason is one of the best main characters I’ve read in years. An intense, moving, absolutely relentless book.”

    Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A fascinating, complex audiobook…Narrator Ray Porter may have a lot to do with that. His portrayal of a criminal who is fiercely loyal to his friends and family is outstanding. He conveys the constant pressure and tension felt by Mason with his speech patterns and a tone of raw emotion always held in check. Porter also breathes life into the sinister Darius Cole…The ending is logical and satisfying. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “[An] edgy noir from a crime fiction maestro.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[An] intelligent thriller…The reader has a vulnerable underdog to root for: a loser who may yet be born to win.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A fine premise, a vibrant setting, a charismatic antihero…It’s a tight, gripping book about a man hellbent on reinventing himself against long odds.”

    New York Times

  • “[The Second Life of Nick Mason] is so good, it legitimately stands shoulder to padded paranoid shoulder with the classics of the crime noir genre.”


  • “A high-octane, tension-filled novel.”

    Huffington Post

  • “[A] heart-pounding thriller with cinematic appeal.”


  • “A tense, coiled thriller…It moves like a bullet train, told in a deceptively simple, gin-clear prose that all but sucker punches the reader.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2016
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An NPR Best Book of 2016
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2016
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author
Author Steve Hamilton

Steve Hamilton’s debut, A Cold Day in Paradise won the PWA/SMP Best First Private Eye Novel Contest before winning both an Edgar and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel. His standalone novel The Lock Artist was named a New York Times Notable Crime Book, received an Alex Award, and went on to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing.

About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered fourteen Earphones Awards, two Audie nominations, and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. He is a fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.