Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review: LIFE OR DEATH by Michael Robotham

Life or DeathFrom the back of the book:
Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of his gang. Five million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is.

For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by fellow inmates and prison guards, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released.

Everybody wants to find Audie, but he's not running. Instead he's trying to save a life . . . and not just his own.

My Review:
LIFE OR DEATH is a standalone read and perhaps author Michael Robotham's best book yet. Departing from his series books, Robotham has crafted a deftly balanced noir infused piece of crime fiction that pulls no punches.

Brimming with heartache, pain, loss, and honesty, LIFE OR DEATH has all the hallmarks of a darker form of crime fiction, the likes of Victor Gischler, Alan Guthrie, Tony Black, and Ken Bruen would appreciate and who have, themselves accomplished. I couldn't help but think of those authors as I was feverishly turning the pages.

The most impressive aspect of LIFE OR DEATH has got to be clever plot flip which changed my perspective of prison escapee Audie Palmer and the missing 7mil of which he's accused of stealing. Robotham sets the story up only to make it all come crashing down in a moment of crystal clarity that is as heart breaking as it is enthralling to read.

I hope readers are treated to more American noir by Robotham in the future. If LIFE OR DEATH is a sign of things to come, Robotham may well be at the top of my list of favorite crime/noir authors.

1 comment:



  1. Believe me, I'm an avid reader and have read many top authors. This book gave me goosebumps. The plot created by author was so real and thrilling than I was drowned deep inside the book. You can actually feel the pain and thrill the protagonist is going through.

    (Summary, No Spoilers)

    The story actually revolves around a guy named Audie Palmer, who has charges of involvement in a bank robbery in which 4 people got killed and audie was shot in the head, but he survived. The 7 million dollars which were stolen, were never recovered. Audie was sentenced 10 years of imprisonment. During his prison time, he got tortured, beaten, stabbed almost everyday, sometimes beaten by other prisoners and sometimes the cops, everybody wanted to know where the money is, and since Audie was the only survivor, he was the only one knowing what actually happened to the money. 10 Years passed and just a day before Audie was due to be releases, he escaped the prision.

    Which dumbass escapes a day before actual release? This is the question in everybody's mind. But no one knows he is saving someone's life and that isn't him.

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