The Last Kind Words

Tom Piccirilli, Author
Tom Piccirilli. Bantam, $26 (336p) ISBN 978-0-553-59248-1
Reviewed on: 04/23/2012
Release date: 06/12/2012
At the start of this sharp slice of contemporary noir from Thriller Award–winner Piccirilli (You’d Better Watch Out), retired second-story-man Terrier Rand, who’s been trying to put his family’s work as professional thieves behind him while ranching out west, has returned east to see his older brother, Collie. Collie is about to be executed for the cold-blooded murder of eight people five years before, though he claims one of those kills wasn’t his. When Terrier starts digging through the evidence, he finds inconsistencies that suggest a serial killer may have been using Collie’s killing spree to cover up his own. 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. Agent: David Hale Smith, DHS Literary. (June)
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