A Small Town

Thomas Perry. Mysterious, $26 (336p) ISBN 978-0-8021-4806-3
At the start of this uneven thriller from bestseller Perry (The Burglar), a thousand inmates break out from a high security federal correctional facility in rural Colorado. They rampage through nearby Weldonville, causing widespread death and destruction. While most of the escapees are quickly recaptured, after a two-year manhunt the 12 inmates who orchestrated the breakout remain at large. Weldonville Det. Leah Hawkins, whose lover was killed in the violence, sets out with the secret backing of city officials to track down and kill the ringleaders. Despite the previous best efforts of hundreds of FBI agents, Leah nonetheless quickly manages to locate and kill six of them, at which point the surviving fugitives, realizing what’s happening, counterattack from their refuge in an Arkansas survivalist camp. The dramatic setup fails to compensate for two-dimensional characters, especially Leah, and often perfunctory action. In addition, the author misses the chance to consider such larger questions as the morality of Leah’s vigilante killings. Edgar-winner Perry has done better. Agent: Mel Berger, WME. (Jan.)
Reviewed on : 10/08/2019
Release date: 01/01/2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Library Binding - 978-1-4328-7505-3
Paperback - 352 pages - 978-0-8021-4844-5
MP3 CD - 978-1-6651-1829-3
Compact Disc - 978-1-6651-1830-9
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