Outside the Law

  • by Phillip Thompson
  • Narrated by J. Rodney Turner
  • 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There's a new badge in the land of crime fiction...and it's pinned on a man who can stand tall alongside lawmen like Raylan Givens, Walt Longmire, and Jesse Stone.
Sheriff Colt Harper lives by his own moral code. His relentless crusade against drug crimes in his rural Mississippi county infuriates a Memphis mobster who sends Hack, his cold-blooded assassin, to stop him. ATF Special Agent Molly McDonough, looking to save her troubled career, follows Hack's trail of corpses to Harper's turf. The fates of Harper, McDonough, and Hack collide in a bloody, brutal showdown for justice, redemption, and survival that can only be fought outside the law.

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What the Critics Say

"Tough, fast-paced...Thompson's convincing characters race toward an inevitable and explosive showdown." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sheriff Harper is an old-west gunfighter in the modern world. The action doesn't stop." (David Morrell, New York Times best-selling author of First Blood, the novel that introduced Rambo)

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Customer Reviews

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Not really interesting. Inconsistent characters.

I received a free copy of this book from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Almost halfway through the book, the story progressed without any set direction. I couldn't understand where the story was heading. When it did start moving in one direction, that wasn't still interesting and didn't excite me.

I'm quite bewildered by the actions taken by the main characters in this book. They are never consistent. And are pretty idiotic / unbelievable most of the time. They keep the story moving, but are otherwise glaring mistakes.

Even the climax of the book wasn't all that thrilling.
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- Bikram Agarwal

A combo of Longmire and Dirty Harry that works...

As the title suggests, Sheriff Colt Harper, takes tough and no nonsense approach to law enforcement in this fast-paced police thriller. Obviously the good guys versus the bad guys, but when revenge, remorse, and life-long relationships converge the lines between good and bad become a little blurred. Thompson characters (sheriffs, ATF agents, drug lords, hit-men, dealers, and rednecks) are well developed while taking several twists and turns along the way and come together in an explosive ending. The writing is descriptive and brings the listener right into the setting. This is complemented by the narration of J. Rodney Turner who brings the characters to life with his southern drawl in a steady paced tone. The only drawback to the narration is that I found that I was unable to lay down and listen at night as his smooth voice lulled me to sleep. I suppose that could actually be a plus in some cases. LoL

I would recommend this book to those that enjoy stories about small town lawmen. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.
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- Bill Beaulac

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-13-2017
  • Publisher: Brash Books