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The Cold Spot

by Tom Piccirilli

Series: Cold (1)

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Before this book Piccirilli was still on my "heard a lot of good but not sure I'll follow him quite yet" list. Now though, he's on my must follow list of authors. This story is intense, hard hitting and not something to be missed.

Orphaned at a young age, Chase is raised by his grandfather Jonah to be a getaway driver and live a life of crime. Chase has no problem with this until one day when Jonah kills someone in their crew. Chase then goes solo and lives his own life until one day when he needs his grandfather's abilities.

The story involves the search for how a person fits into life, love, revenge, facing the past and then to make it fun, cops and robbers. The book is next to impossible to put down; you just want to keep reading and reading. All the characters are engaging and very easy to picture. And while the plot is a bit predictable, all of the elements that are built around it are not. Trust me and pick this book up and read it. You won't be sorry. ( )
  dagon12 | Nov 20, 2015 |
A mediocre story of love and revenge. Interesting dynamics between the protagonist and his grandfather kept me engaged. ( )
  hemlokgang | Jan 15, 2013 |
Noir thriller about young getaway driver Chase and the world that he can never quite escape. It's a solid read, certainly workmanlike in its presentation, but for me, it came right after reading James Sallis' Drive, which is, in some ways, the same story; and Sallis' book is much better. Still, Piccirilli entertains, falling somewhere between James Crumley and Sallis, which is certainly a reasonable place to land. ( )
1 vote darkline | Jul 10, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553590847, Mass Market Paperback)

Chase was raised as a getaway driver by his grandfather, Jonah, a con man feared by even the hardened career criminals who make up his crew. But when Jonah crosses the line and murders one of his own, Chase goes solo, stealing cars and pulling scores across the country….And then he meets Lila, a strong-willed deputy sheriff with a beguiling smile who shows him what love can be. Chase is on the straight and narrow for the first time in his life—until tragedy hits, and he must reenter the dark world of grifters and crooks. Now Chase is out for revenge—and he’ll have to turn to the one man he hates most in the world. Only Jonah can teach Chase how to become a stone-cold killer. But even as the two men work together, Chase knows that their unresolved past will eventually lead them to a showdown of their own.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:37 -0400)

Chase, grandson of a feared con man, goes on the straight and narrow after falling in love with Lila, a deputy sheriff, until tragedy strikes, and a vengeful Chase turns to his hated grandfather to help teach him how to be a killer.

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