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Strip Audiobook

Strip: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

Their search leads them to Joe Carver, an innocent but hardly defenseless newcomer who evades capture and sets out to make Kapak wish he'd chosen someone else.

Meanwhile, the real culprit, Jefferson Davis Falkins, and his new girlfriend, Carrie, seem to believe they've found a whole new profession: robbing Manco Kapak. Lieutenant Nick Slosser, the police detective in charge of the puzzling and increasingly violent case, has his own troubles, including worries about how he's going to afford to send the oldest child of each of his two bigamous marriages to college without making their mothers suspicious.

As this odd series of difficulties explodes into a triple killing, Carver finds himself in the middle of a brewing gang war over Kapak's little empire, while Falkins and Carrie journey into territory more strange and violent than either had imagined.

©2010 Thomas Perry (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“Perry's exquisite timing and finesse provide near perfect endings to the multiple story lines and make this escapist reading at its best.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 05-19-10
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 05-19-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Review of Strip"

    Love Thomas Perry, with the exception of his books devoted to the woman who hides people. Those are sappy with too sharp a divide between good and evil. Strip is fabulous: fast plot, smart and not overly gruesome. Michael Kramer is one of the best readers out there.

    12 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    CatManda Cathedral City, CA United States 01-04-16
    CatManda Cathedral City, CA United States 01-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "MICHAEL IT'S PRONOUNCE SePULvida"

    When I first moved to the Los Angeles area I couldn't pronounce Los Feliz the way Angelinos pronounced it, because I know how to speak Spanish and so pronounced the two words as they are pronounced in Spanish. I finally learned to pronounce it incorrectly which was the Angelino way -- Lahs Feelis. It drives me kinda crazy hearing Michael Kramer's pronunciation of the street name "Sepulveda," because he puts the accent on the wrong syllable, the penultimate syllable and pronounces the "e" as it would ordinarily be pronounced in Spanish. (He has done this in two Thomas Perry novels that I have listened to and I want to help him get it right). Michael, the accent is on the second syllable not the third and the letter "e" in the penultimate (3rd) syllable is pronounced more like a short "i" in English. Don't accent it; swallow it. Good luck.
    Catmanda

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    Toby 06-21-15
    Toby 06-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "hmmm"

    I am a fan of Thomas Perry, and this book caught me off guard. I've let it set a couple of weeks before I write the review, and decided it is better than I thought.
    Unlike his other books, there is no character I like-no one I rooted for-like the 'hit man' who is really a sympathetic soul forced to kill anyone who stands in his way! This book, on the other hand, is loaded with unlikeable characters. I didn't care what happened to any of them in this convoluted plot.
    However, when Strip wrapped up, I took notice.
    Michael Kramer is superb and voices all characters, male and female, distinctly and believably.
    Get to the end. You'll see what I mean.

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    smallstakes 05-17-15
    smallstakes 05-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A good, twisty read"

    It contains a truly interesting cast of characters, and a good, twisty storyline.

    There were only two things that detracted for me.

    I'd become very intrigued about a character, and it would take such a long time for the narrative to circle back to that person. I'd start to wonder, "But what about... ?" Eventually it would get there and satisfy my curiosity, but during that wondering time, it made me less interested in the current chapter.

    Also, and this is just personal preference, I think this type of story might have benefited from a little more dark or wry humor than was offered. I think it would have been in character for many of the more interesting people... Spence, Joe Carver, Manko Kapak. It was all played pretty straight.

    The intricate storylines were wrapped up to satisfying and not entirely expected conclusions. A good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Tedious dialogue, poorly narrated and produced."

    This novel presents a tableau of rather unique individuals not given enough attention by Perry to read true. A bigamist detective whose story falls flat. An Elmore Leonard type protagonist in witness protection who really should have been center stage, rather than an aging low-level gangster and strip-club owner. There's a sexy clubber cum homicidal gun moll, and the usual 2-dimensional thugs, thieves, and bodyguards from central casting. The worst part of listening to this novel, however, was the dialogue: pointless, rambling, and tedious, like a parody of a George Higgins novel. Are there no editors? Are there no fact checkers? Readers in L.A, have you ever heard of Sepul-VEE-da Boulevard? Or La Cien-AGA? Yet again I wonder about all the 5-star reviews for a very mediocre novel.

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    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 02-10-15
    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 02-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Ellmore Leonard, only better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It's a complex but tightly told story of misfortunes that beset a strip club owner getting on in years and surrounded by an interesting but definitely unsavory cast of characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything -- but everything -- happens in the space of week: low lifes, strip joint men and women, and crooked but elegant policemen converge in a complex and fascinating -- often hilarious but also bloody -- series of mishaps.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Manco Capac, the owner of several strip joints and clubs in LA, is a fascinating character, whom you come to sympathize with in spite of his very spotted history.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh, although there are some gruesome scenes (which some people may not like)


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy books by the late Ellmore Leonard, I'm sure you'll enjoy this book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CBDC Washington, DC USA 02-07-15
    CBDC Washington, DC USA 02-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun - like the Butcher's Boy"

    Perry + Kramer = ideal combo. Really fun book - OK, the underlying story sounds violent - but It's just not that kind of book. There is a distance in the telling that allows you to care, but you're not sure about who. Nobody is a really "good hero" but everyone is human and tries hard and it all works. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 02-03-15
    Jennifer Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 02-03-15
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    "Worth a credit."

    I thought the book started off a bit "iffy", but soon found it good. I had a lot going on while trying to listen to this book, so I may not have given it enough credit. Will definitely check out more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cik Bedah 01-03-15
    Cik Bedah 01-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I want more Spence"
    Where does Strip rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fast paced and good character develeopment


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spence, spence and more spence. I love him.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Spence, the mild southern accent is just soo... ooooohhh


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Err not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jm VA 12-27-14
    jm VA 12-27-14

    otherwise

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    "Good book, one of those can't wait to listen more"
    What did you love best about Strip?

    The story was good, the characters were interesting, the drama and twists held my attention and kept the story exciting. I look forward to another Perry novel as I was nearing the end.


    What other book might you compare Strip to and why?

    I cannot think of any at this moment but will consider Thomas Perry among my usual authors.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a great narrator, I will listen to more books he narrates. He gave just enough voice clues throughout without trying to change his voice too much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book was good, I suppose some of the twists were moving moments but the chuckles from the action were most memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    They should research how locals pronounce street names. Sepulveda Boulevard was mispronounced and at one point it was called street versus boulevard. This did not take from the story, but when a story takes place in an existing city versus some imagined place, why not make it as good as you can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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