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Piccirilli’s latest book strips away the occult overtones associated with some of his earlier works (The Night Class won the 2002 Stoker Award) and jumps full bore into hard-boiled crime writing. This guy evokes Jim Thompson and David Goodis in the way he flays away at our illusions that there is comfort to be found in the human condition. Cranked by stolen cars and raw nerve, getaway driver Chase takes a violent cruise through the world of gangsters high and low, hoping to settle old scores with his con-man grandfather and avenge the murder of his wife. But first he needs some capital, which means a quick score. What Piccirilli’s masterfully realized protagonist gambles is his last remaining glimmer of dignity—a commodity he isn’t sure he needs or even wants. It’s pedal to the metal for 352 pages. Don’t miss it. --Elliott Swanson


“Prepare for a journey as thrilling as it is provocative.” —James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain, on The Cold Spot

“Hard-boiled crime writing ... It’s pedal to the metal for 352 pages. Don’t miss it.”—Booklist

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  • File Size: 3270 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553590855
  • Publisher: Bantam (February 18, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 24, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tom Piccirilli is the author of more than twenty-five novels including A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN, SHADOW SEASON, THE COLD SPOT, and THE LAST KIND WORDS. He's a four-time winner of the Stoker Award, two-time winner of the International Thriller Award, and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, and twice for the Edgar Award. Marilyn Stasio of The New York Tims Book Review called THE LAST KIND WORDS, "A caustic thriller...the characters have strong voices and bristle with funny quirks." New York Times bestselling thriller writer Lee Child said of Tom's work, "Perfect crime fiction...a convincing world, a cast of compelling characters, and above all a great story" And Publishers Weekly extols, "Piccirilli's mastery of the hard-boiled idiom is pitch perfect, particularly in the repartee between his characters, while the picture he paints of the criminal corruption conjoining the innocent and guilty in a small Long Island community is as persuasive as it is seamy. Readers who like a bleak streak in their crime fiction will enjoy this well-wrought novel." Keir Graff of Booklist wrote, "There's more life in Piccirilli's THE LAST KIND WORDS (and more heartache, action, and deliverance) than any other novel I've read in the past couple of years." And Kirkus states, "Consigning most of the violence to the past allows Piccirilli (The Fever Kill, 2007, etc.) to dial down the gore while imparting a soulful, shivery edge to this tale of an unhappy family that's assuredly unhappy in its own special way."

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TMStyles VINE VOICE on March 12, 2009
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Tom Piccirilli's "The Coldest Mile" is a moody, brutally violent, atmospheric, and magnetic sequel to "The Cold Spot". Piccirilli picks up Chase's pursuit of his criminally evil grandfather, Jonah, and Jonah's 2 year-old daughter, Kylie, who is actually Chase's aunt (don't ask). Having been raised to become a "grifter", thief, and getaway driver by his grandfather, Chase is determined to find Kylie and ensure that she is not subject to the same upbringing by the amoral Jonah--even if it means, finding Jonah and killing him.

Chase goes to work as a chauffer (not exactly his idea of being a "driver")for the deteriorating Langan crime family in New Jersey. While awaiting a big cash score, Chase ultimately crosses swords with Bishop, a tough mob hit man, and Sherry Langan, heiress apparent of the mob, who he quickly alienates by spurning her sexual advances. Chase does grab some syndicate money and takes off for Florida in search of Jonah and Kylie.

While searching for his grandfather and Kylie, he encounters various "strings" and grift crews all searching for the big score. Unfortunately, Chase makes a quick and wrong presumption early in his search which ultimately costs him time and leverage when he ultimately finds Jonah and realizes his error. From this point to the novel's finish is a deadly race against the mob and various lesser criminals, past debts calling for vengeance, kidnappers, and death squads all the while in-fighting for control with his malevolent grandfather.

The action is fast paced, violent, and surprisingly informative about the rules and structure of the criminal underworld. Piccirilli's dialogue continues to be spot-on and spell binding at times. His characterizations are multi-layered and believable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne C. Rogers on April 26, 2009
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The Coldest Mile by Tom Piccirilli (the sequel to The Cold Spot) begins where the previous novel left off. Chase needs time to recover from the bullet wounds that he got during his battle with the crew of killers who murdered his wife, Lila. He figures the way to do this and maybe pull down another score is to work for the Langan mob family as a driver for a month or so. The patriarch of the family is on his deathbed, and his lovely, but deadly, daughter is planning to kill her brother once daddy is finally dead. Along with that, the family business is downsizing and moving to Chicago due to the Russian, Jamaican, and Thai mobs trying to muscle in of their territory. This is the chaotic situation that Chase finds himself in the middle of when he's hired not as a driver or wheelman, but rather as a chauffeur. The last chauffeur had his throat cut right in front of Chase by the family's top hit man so that he wouldn't be able to say no to the job. Refusing to wear a chauffeur's hat or the pair of white gloves, Chase clearly knows his days are numbered, especially when the family's daughter, Sherry, offers herself to him and he politely says no to the enticing invitation. No woman likes being rejected by the chauffeur. What Chase has to do is make a big enough score, get out of Dodge, and head to Sarasota, Florida to locate his grandfather Jonah before the old man can destroy the life of a two-year-old girl. Chase knows in his heart that either he or Jonah will die in this final confrontation. Still, he has no choice because the ghosts of his wife and mother are telling him to save this little girl...the girl whose mother was shot in the head by Jonah...the girl who happens to be his grandfather's daughter.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel Anderson on March 4, 2010
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This was the first book of Tom Piccirilli's I read and was hooked. I have a short list of authors I seek out to read everything they've written and Piccirilli has made the short list for me. His books are original and fast paced,the kind that suck you in immediately and won't let you stop reading until you get to the end. I highly recommend this book as well as everything by this author.Others here have related details of the book itself so I will just comment you won't be disappointed with the writting or the storyline
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yggs on April 15, 2009
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I first came across Tom Piccirilli's work a few years ago when I attended a Worldcon conference in Boston. I'd never been to anything like it before, and went to learn more about the writing world. Terry Pratchett was the guest of honor, urban fantasy was amping up in popularity and Harry Potter was still going strong. I felt a mix of awe and disappointment--I attended a lot of interesting panels, coffee klatches and the like. The parties were great, too. But along with this I felt a little disappointment in what I felt was an overbearing amount of kitsch. My concerns weren't about skill or artistry in this regard; not about saying one thing was `good' and another `bad'. No, I was thinking more about aesthetics. I had grown up on early Stephen King, plenty of 19th Century British novels and Dostoevsky. I liked movies like HEAT, SCARFACE and THE RING. I was someone comfortable with the truly grim and tragic and unabashedly seeking out books and stories that were edgy and disturbing. Yet I also wanted something with a very strong sense of character and thirst for insight.

The last day of the conference I swooped in on book stalls hoping for some last minute deals. I wasn't finding much.

Then this girl walked up and handed me a free copy of A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN. I read the first page and split to finish the rest.

And so: it may sound strong, and it's meant to: the one-two punch of its prose style and storyline reinvigorated my interest in contemporary fiction. A southern gothic piece of ambiguous supernatural dread, CHOIR was able to sneak up and knock me out with its wistful concern for a deranged, cursed family simply trying to survive into the next generation.
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