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Orphaned at 10—his mother murdered, his father a suicide—Chase was raised by his grandfather Jonah, a grifter who has used Chase as a getaway driver. After Jonah shoots one of his crew during a poker game, Chase, at 21, realizing that the icy old man could easily turn on his own grandson, strikes off on his own. He works his way around the country stealing cars and driving for petty thieves until one night in Mississippi he runs up against deputy sheriff Lila Bodeen, who sees something in this brash young outlaw that she likes. Tragedy puts Chase back on the road, where he faces not only the killer but the truth—about himself and his shattered family. Piccirilli (The Midnight Road, etc.) tells the gritty, violent and dark tale in an appealingly noirish narrative style, highly economical yet bracingly intimate. (May)
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“[Tom Piccirilli’s] prose has the visceral punch of the best pulp writers of the past century…. The Cold Spot is both funny and ferocious.”—San Francisco Chronicle.
"A powerful, hard-hittng, fiercely original writer of suspense. I highly recommend him." —David Morrell, author of Creepers
"Tom Piccirilli's fiction is visceral and unflinching, yet deeply insightful."—F. Paul Wilson, author of The Keep and Bloodline
"The Cold Spot is truly dazzling. Piccirilli has taken the mystery to a whole other level."—Ken Bruen, award-winning author of The Guards
"Blackest noir, the most minimal kind of minimalism, and at the same time deeply emotional: this is not easy to do. I loved The Cold Spot."—Peter Abrahams, bestselling author of Nerve Damage
"Lean, brutal and completely arresting, Tom Piccirilli's The Cold Spot is a bull's-eye hardboiled tale."—Megan Abbott, author of The Song is You
"The Cold Spot is crime fiction at its very best, an exceptional revenge story so vivid you feel like you're in the back seat of a getaway car with a master storyteller at the wheel."—Jason Starr, author of The Follower
Easy to read, simplistic, not challenging to the reader, good airplane book, not of the same caliber as Lee Child, Coben and other popular authors of this genre.Published on April 11, 2013 by L. Meyer
And the same applies to the sequel to this book, which should be read immediately afterwards.
Picirilli does it again, creating unforgettable, fully fleshed and multi... Read more
one of his better novels. really interesting concept of a "cold spot" which may be familiar to many of us altho to a lesser degree.Published on August 13, 2012 by Life Examined
At this point, I would read a Chinese takeout menu if it was written by Tom Piccirilli. Horror, crime, southern gothic, suspense, action, mystery... Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by Steve Lowe
A lot of thrillers often tell a fast-paced story at the expense of character, but Tom Picirilli's The Cold Spot gives it all to you. Read morePublished on February 15, 2012 by Rib15
Unbelievable neo pulp crime story. I absolutely love this book. Might be my favorite crime story in the past 20 years. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by GmcCullen
I enjoyed The Cold Spot very much. Piccirilli nails the suspense and really explores every facet of each character.
It was a fast read and very enjoyable. Read more
Tom Piccirilli is good at everything he tackles, and since his switch from horror to crime fiction he's only gotten better. Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by Reader/author