• by Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by Bruce Boxleitner
  • 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's not Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband Wayne's fault that they were in the real estate office when a pair of thugs walked in with extortion on their minds. But as far as aging Ojibway Indian hitman Armand Degas is concerned, the Colsons are going to have to pay dearly for seeing too much, and for the damage Wayne inflicted on Armand and his sicko partner Richie Nix with a tire iron. The cops here in middle-of-nowhere Michigan can't help Carmen and Wayne out, and the best the Feds can offer is the Witness Protection Program. So ultimately it's going to have to come down to one wife, one husband, two killers, and one lethal shot.


What the Critics Say

"Masterful...gemlike...bone-chilling." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"Crime fiction doesn't get any better....A bravura performance." (Publishers Weekly)


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Totally forgettable

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Two thugs enter a real estate office to fulfill an extortion scheme, and a woman and her husband see too much and become targets. People I respect love this book, so maybe I didn’t get it. But I found it totally forgettable. Bechdel test: fail.

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- Mark


I haven't read the book, so not sure how much surgery was done to the abridgment. That said, this is Leonard at the top of his form: a trained ear for the nuance of the everyday, and spare confident prose to die for. A quirky story complexly told to sound simple. Plus, a reader who's equally good in his own right. Definitely worth it.
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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2006
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books