Why would a man escape from prison the day before he’s due to be released?
Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven 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 prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, 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.
Life or death is an utterly compelling and gripping read from start to finish and in Audie Palmer we have a character who is both fascinating and determined. Escaping from prison with one day left on his sentence sounds crazy to most people, what difference would 24 hours make – apparently a hell of a lot according to Audie. No one can understand his reasoning and we as readers can’t fathom his decision making as we initially do not hold the clues and know his reasoning.
Slowly but surely we delve deeper into Audie’s character and his past relationships and history and things begin to make sense, but the clever thing here is that Robotham doesn’t give the game away too early. You’re still guessing up to the end but piece by piece things begin to make sense and the complex web of lies and cover-ups are broken thanks to Audie’s dogged approach and FBI agent Desiree’s determination to discover the hidden truth. In fact the pair, although on opposite sides of the law are so well matched and even though she’s taken off the case she doesn’t let things go.
Full of wonderful characters the book is an engrossing read and I defy anyone not to read this quickly. It’s a real page turner if ever there was one. There’s no getting away from it, Audie is the main draw here, I for one experienced a range of emotions reading his story. I didn’t want the book to end!
Terrifically written Life or Death is one book you have to read in 2015!
Robotham just gets better and better.
- Paperback:528 pages
- Publisher:Sphere (16 July 2015)