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The Cold Spot Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2008
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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
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Im knocking off a couple of stars here, because once time catches up and the story kicks in, all of the magic seems to get sucked out of the pages. All of the characters flatten out, their development which was beautiful to start with, becomes cliche ridden. Piccirilli lines up step one, step two, step three... follows through and checks them off one by one, but the passion is lacking.
Piccirilli is a first class writer worthy of respect, this however, this book just does not, in the end, work very well. So sad. I think that part of it might be that Piccirilli realized what a masterpiece he had going, ripped out the most interesting parts of the ending, and mashed them into a sequel the author nicely sets up over the last few pages.
The Cold Spot is the story of Michael Chase (a.k.a. Chase), whose pregnant mother was murdered when he was ten years old and whose father later committed suicide from the grief of the tragedy. Chase in then taken in by his grandfather, Jonah, who is a career criminal and a stone cold killer who feels nothing for his victims. Over the next six years, Jonah teaches Chase everything he knows about bank heists, robberies, the con, how to kill, and how to be the best wheelman in the country. The whole relationship between Chase and his grandfather comes to head after a successful heist. During the getaway, one of the members of the crew plays a silly joke with a fish from the nearby market, and Jonah later kills him for it. When Chase confronts his grandfather about the murder of his only friend, he can see a cold look in Jonah's eyes that warn him to back off or he'd be next in line for a bullet. That's when Chase ends his relationship with Jonah and the crew. He then heads down south to start a new life and eventually meets Lila, a deputy sheriff in a small Mississippi town. It's love at first sight for both of them. Chase straightens up his life and marries Lila and has several happy years, until the day she's killed, trying to stop a crew from robbing a diamond merchant. It's then that Chase realizes that if he wants to track down the killers and get some revenge, he's going to have to find Jonah and ask for his help.
Tom Piccirilli has created two fantastic characters in Chase and Jonah. I kept seeing a young Brad Pitt as Chase and R. Lee Emery (the drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket) as Jonah. These are two tough men who will eventually have to face off against each other, and only one of them will walk away. Until that moment arrives, the reader is in for a thrill-ride into the dark and shadowy world of grifters and con artists and bank robbers and the world's greatest wheelman. Chase is a character you immediately root for. Though he's done bad things, he's not a bad person. He basically only fights to protect himself and his family, but God help the person who does him wrong. He'll stop at nothing to get revenge, even if it means his own death. That's a trait he got from his grandfather. And. Lila, the woman who steals Chase's heart--well, think of Sandra Bullock. Because that who Lila reminded me of and what man wouldn't lose his heart to a lady like her and then go on a killing rampage to avenge her death.
The writing in The Cold Spot is tight and fast-paced, while the action and violence hits you squarely in the chest like a .44 magnum bullet. If you enjoy noir crime novels, then this will be a book you won't be able to put down. Even better, when you do reach the last page, there's the knowledge that The Coldest Mile picks up exactly where The Cold Spot ends. God bless Mr. Piccirilli for that. Now, if he will just write more books with Chase in them, he'll have a new following of fans to praise his name and to bow down before him in homage to his magnificent writing skills. Needless to say, this novel is highly recommended to crime fiction buffs that need a shot of adrenaline to give them that fast rush of excitement.
Here in The Cold Spot, we have Chase. He's a guy who is good with cars; he can rebuild and tune just about any car and make it purr like a panther of steel. He's also an up and coming driver for various "strings" of criminals that are more than happy to have him along. He knows the game -- thanks to his Grandfather, Jonah. He taught him everything he knows and loves him in a twisted tough guy criminal sort of way.
But Chase decides he wants to leave the life and go straight after meeting a beautiful and ultra competent police woman while trying to score a small-time jewelry store.
Needless to say, life for Chase doesn't stay peaches and cream. He finds himself missing the action of his old life and sees it slowly bleeding back into him over time.
And it leads him straight back to Jonah. Their love-hate relationship will be stretched, tested, bent and perhaps broken. All while Chase tries to get revenge for a wrong done to him and figure out the pieces of his past that don't quite make sense.
This is a thrilling good read and it goes by fast. Pic shows some serious chops as a crime writer and this will leave you wanting more.
Great stuff if you like crime or noir. He's highly underrated as a writer in my opinion.
Picirilli does it again, creating unforgettable, fully fleshed and multi dimensional characters and weaving fantastic, tight paced, plots.
Always a pleasure to sit down with a book from this guy in our hands.
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