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Soon Shannon is living a life he never dreamed possible. In a ruined city that is trying to rebuild, he finds work as a carpenter and a wood carver. He falls in love. But just as Shannon is within sight of redemption, all hell breaks loose.
It turns out the city is crawling with corruption. There are crooked politicians, gangsters, dirty cops everywhere—and all of them seem to want Shannon dead. Moving through the darkness in the burnt-out shambles of a dirty town, he's got to ferret out the secret of his new life.
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By Peter on 12-17-10
Innovative, fast-paced thriller
Andrew Klavan tells a ripping yarn about a smalltime hood who is seemingly given a new face and a new chance to start his life over, but is actually being used by unseen forces for their own deadly ends. Set against the backdrop of an unnamed city deep in urban decay (sort of post-Katrina New Orleans, but not named as such), it manages to merge elements of thriller, mystery, and political intrigue into a mix that's somewhere between The Wire and 3 Days of the Condor, and comes off as one of the freshest novels I've listened to all year.
On the narration: Klavan's voice is spot on (for all but the female parts), and if he weren't such a darned good writer, I'd suggest a career as a book narrator. A real pleasure to listen to.
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