Life or Death

Life or Death

Book - 2015 | First United States edition
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"Audie was sentenced to 10 years for a robbery in which four people died, including two members of his gang. Five million dollars has never been recovered from the robbery, and everybody believes Audie knows where the money is. For 10 years Audie has been beaten, stabbed, and threatened by inmates and guards, all desperate to know the secret. The day before he is due to be released, Audie suddenly vanishes. The hunt for Audie, and the money, is on. But Audie's not running to save his own life--instead, he's trying to save someone else."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY: Mulholland Books, 2015
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780316252058
Characteristics: 418 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 26, 2020

Audie has spent the last ten years in prison, accused of killing four people and stealing seven million dollars. His sentence would have been longer, but his attorney made a deal while he was in a coma. On the day before he is to be paroled, Audie escapes from prison. Nobody knows why he would do that, but the theory is that he is mentally unbalanced because on the day of the robbery, he was shot in the head and had to be put back together like "a jigsaw puzzle." Once he escapes, Audie doesn't behave as a typical escapee from prison. Instead of running to a faraway country, he stays in town and finds places to sleep where he won't be noticed or caught. He has a plan which includes visiting the home of his arresting officer and talking to his sister. Meanwhile, Moss, who was in the prison cell next to Audie is taken from prison and sent on a mission to find Audie and bring him back. He isn't sure why these unknown men want Audie, but the more time he spends looking for him, the less he wants to bring Audie back to men who will surely kill him.

Life or Death does contain some elements of mystery in the story of Audie, why he was imprisoned, and why he escaped with only one day left on his sentence, but the majority of the book is the story of a tragic life. There are some twists and turns in the story, but they are fairly predictable. Audie spends lots of time in the story contemplating choices he has made in the past and trying to determine if they have made any difference in his life or if his whole life has been based on fate. As a result, there is really only one way this story could have ended, but instead, it takes a safer route that defeats the theme that was presented throughout the rest of the story. A different ending would have made a much greater impact and have been much more logical. Overall, this is a decent book, that starts a little slow and leaves the reader feeling a bit defeated.

Jun 10, 2019

Another great book by this author!

Oct 04, 2018

Robotham just doesn't disappoint.

Mar 28, 2018

An incredibly well-written mystery. The author holds the reason behind Audie's seemingly suicidal behavior hidden for most of the story. Intense, tragic and totally enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys action and a relentless hero.

Mar 24, 2018

A great plot, moves quickly and Audie is one unlikely hero.

Jul 27, 2016

Very good book. Would recommend.

Apr 02, 2016

Really enjoyed this one. Will look for more by this author.

Mar 13, 2016

After spending ten hellish years in a Texas prison for his part in an armed-truck robbery gone wrong, Audie Palmer escapes...the night before he's paroled. No one knows why (or where he's gone), but the local cops, the FBI, and Audie's best friend in prison (he's been offered a deal: find Audie and go free) would all like to find out. While they all believe that Audie must have plans to retrieve the never-recovered seven million dollars, he escaped for entirely different reasons. Peppered with stunning plot twists and peopled with fascinating, unforgettable characters, Life or Death is a complex, suspenseful crime novel that also includes a love story.

Jan 23, 2016

Enjoyed this so much, I read it twice. All the glowing reports are well deserved, everything falls into place in the end. Highly recommended.

Dec 30, 2015

Excellent book. It kept me turning pages all night long. Audie did everything for love.

Life is short. Love is Vast. Live your life like there is no tomorrow.

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Sep 24, 2020

Great Story, couldn't put the book down, comparable to i would say Coma or some of the old John Grisham Novels. Highly recommended

RDanks Jun 08, 2015

This book was great! It has a lot of twists and a lot of action.


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