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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pete Dexter Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Pete Dexter, the author of The Paperboy, sets this piece of fiction noir in a Los Angeles that comes straight out of the 1950s. A dark, gripping novel, it brings together a black caddy named Train, a police detective called the “Mile Away Man,” and Norah Still, the only survivor of a bloody boat hijacking, whom the detective must keep tabs on—even as he is falling in love with her. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Dexter’s novels…tend to inhabit thriller country, but their dark lyricism and an inspired disregard for traditional plot carry them beyond this generic territory…Dexter’s skill resides in keeping an atmosphere of menace close to the surface at all times, so that violent collision of the worlds surrounding Packard seems inevitable.”

    New Yorker

  • “Compelling…Raw…Train is the work of an American master at the top of his game.”


  • “Powerful…In Packard, Dexter has created a flawed tough-guy hero, ‘the kind of man who would hurt you’—yet one who transcends the hard-boiled-thriller model with his uncommon sensitivity to others’ emotions and a self-awareness that his romantic idealism will probably lead to his own ruin.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Dexter is a skilled writer who knows how to set the scene.”

    Pittsburg Post-Gazette

  • “Quick-witted, muscular, and to the point…The characters are tough, the words tougher.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Superb…Taut…Rich in imagery.”


  • “Pete Dexter fans, rejoice: The wait is over…He writes with an accuracy and power that [will] leave you wishing the book were longer.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Don’t expect some triumph-of-the-underdog sports story…Dexter’s vision of golf as a stark, brutal confrontation-with-self is unlike anything depicted on a sports page…In his lean, powerful style, [he] digs into the complex dangers of race and love. And anyone who expects Dexter to keep it simple might as well tell the cat not to eat the birds.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Extreme noir…Dexter’s prose is muscular, dead-pan, hard-boiled.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “Engrossing…It’s easy to get lost in Dexter’s beautifully constructed sentences. Their attention to detail, their careful rhythms and brutal observations make Train satisfying to read…It revels in its hard-boiled dialogue and Chandleresque cadences, its sudden violence and cheeky humor.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “Brilliant…A strange and riveting book.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Exquisite, painful…He’s the Faulkner of our time; just when you’ve passed judgment on a character, Dexter pulls the rug out from under you.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Visceral, like a punch to the gut…A gutty, gritty gem of a novel…Dexter masterfully builds the suspense and each unwholesome character bounces off the other as the novel wends toward denouement…This is Dexter in top noir form, as only he can pull it off.”

    Denver Post

  • “Taut, tight, and unrelenting, this is Dexter’s best novel since his National Book Award-winning Paris Trout…It’s mean, tough, tender, and emotionally, and conceptually, highly charged.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Utterly gripping…A superbly written book…Illuminated by vivid flashes of humor and humanity…Cunningly structured for maximum impact.”


  • “The strength of the novel lies far beyond its noirish setting or graphic plot twists. It is rather in Dexter’s assured and direct handling of the ever-tangled subject of how ordinary people try to ford the nation’s racial divide in pursuit of, or in flight from, deeper human truths.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Memorable…Stylish and sinewy…Dexter is an irresistibly fluid and engaging writer.”


  • “Chilling…Haunting…Dexter’s writing is a living thing.”

    USA Today

  • “Riveting…Brilliantly observed and psychologically incisive…Confirms Dexter’s place as the most lapidary American prose stylist since Hemingway.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “A beautiful, stomach-churning novel, full of graphic descriptions and brutal plot turns…Dexter’s dark, hypnotic writing is in top form.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “With an exhilarating crime novel that mixes race, sex, murder—and yes, golf—Pete Dexter hits a hole in one.”


  • “Spectacular, explosive…Mythic, comic, and tragic, Train yields a treasure trove of harsh human wisdom.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Dexter is a superb writer…The narrative flows and weaves, dips and dances like a boxer in a championship bout.”


  • “Extraordinary…This masterful book is such a formidable achievement, it creates its own frame of reference. Other writers must now be measured against Pete Dexter.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Winner of the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Larry Hanawalt | 2/17/2014

    " This book took me over. (Stop if it doesn't grab you within the first 10-15 pages.) Love/longing, violence, humor, mystery, race, golf, gambling.... I would call it Southern (California) Gothic: marriage of Raymond Carter and Flannery O'Connor? I would like to see movie versions by Clint Eastwood, the Cohn Brothers and P.T. Anderson. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alexandra Dunnigan | 2/9/2014

    " If I could give this 2.5 stars, I would. Dexter is obviously a talented writer (I've never read Paris Trout), but there was very little plot and I stopped caring half way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane | 2/6/2014

    " I absolutely loved Spooner and really enjoyed Deadwood so I thought I would love this as well. Pete Dexter is a wonderful writer but this book was a bit too dark for me. I had a hard time connecting with any of the main characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chiara | 2/4/2014

    " Train is young, black and a caddy...he trained himself to become the best golf player "

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