Life or Death by Michael Robotham

Life or DeathAudie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of his gang. Five million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is.

For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by fellow inmates and prison guards, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he’s due to be released.

Everybody wants to find Audie, but he’s not running. Instead he’s trying to save a life . . . and not just his own.

Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This is everything you could want in a good crime-thriller:

1. A likeable hero:  Audie Palmer was someone you really root for.

2. An unexpected sidekick: Moss.  He really came into his own.

3. A kickass (albeit miniature) FBI Agent: Desiree Furness.  What stopped her becoming a stock character was seeing her have to fight against the assumptions made about her due to her gender and her height.

4. Snippets of humour: mainly about the above character’s height.  Some of the quips had me laughing aloud.

5. An intriguing whodunnit: or in this case not so much whodunnit but what exactly was done and how Audie got caught up in it.

6. Not told from too many Point Of Views.  The story was mostly told from the POV of 3 main characters: Audie, Moss and Valdez and only ventured into other POVs when the story called for it.  The trouble with some novels is that they introduce far too many characters and jump around too much.

7. A good ending: <spoiler>For a minute there I thought it was going to be one of those bittersweet endings where the good guy has his innocence proven … only to die in a hail of bullets at the end.  As it was, I loved the way this book ended, with Audie and Desiree visiting Moss in prison.  </spoiler>

Book: 5*

Cover: 5*

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