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Publisher's Summary

In A Small Town, 12 conspirators meticulously plan to throw open all the gates to the prison that contains them, so that more than a thousand convicts may escape and pour into the nearby small town. The newly freed prisoners rape, murder, and destroy the town - burning down homes and businesses. An immense search ensues, but the 12 who plotted it all get away.  

After two years, all efforts by the local and federal police agencies have been in vain. The mayor and city attorney meet, and Leah Hawkins, a six-foot, two-inch former star basketball player and resident good cop, is placed on sabbatical so that she can tour the country learning advanced police procedures. The sabbatical is merely a ruse, however, as her real job is to track the infamous 12. And kill them.  

Leah's mission takes her across the country, from Florida to New York, from California to an anti-government settlement deep in the Ozarks. Soon, the surviving fugitives realize what she is up to, and a race to kill or be killed ensues. Full of exhilarating twists and surprisingly resonant, A Small Town will sweep listeners along on Leah's quest for vengeance.

©2019 Thomas Perry (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Thomas Perry does it again!

I found this book very captivating. Audible classifies it as a procedural but I think it’s a thriller. This is no who done it. You know exactly who did it and there is not an ounce of normally acceptable police procedure performed. This book begins with the planning and execution (literally and figuratively) of a prison escape. The town was promised a low security federal prison. After it was built they started receiving maximum security prisoners due to overcrowding. Twelve of these men killed the heart of a town. After the planning and brutal execution of most of the guards they stole their cars and went to work on their families. And they opened the prison gates for all to just walk right out and reign terror on an unsuspecting community. No civilian was not affected. The men had killed the heart of the town. Enter Leah Hawkins. She was a state cop turned town cop and she too lost someone that night. But she has skills. The town council wants these men as dead as the town and they’ve hired Leah to hunt them down. Christina Delaine does a fantastic job narrating. This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION. If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.

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I put off buying this book, afraid the author would be guilty of TMI - too much info - by dwelling on the horror of 1,000 men pillaging the tiny village. He does not. It is interesting,

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This is so good

I am not a fan of women narrators for this gene except for author, Thomas Perry,.. Christina did an excellent job . T.P. never disappoints!. I know I will listen to this story again.

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great as always

great storyline. character development was a little fanatical but Tom Harris always delivers as promised.

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Awesome and unexpected… wow

The plot to this book has so many twists and turns and unexpected results… I wish there were more to this series. This author is a toastmaster of the genre. You can't go wrong with this one it will keep you listening all at 1 time

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Perry Doesn't Disappoint

Action... adventure... all mixed with the stink of gun smoke and smeared with GSR!!! As always, Perry is a craftsman and Cristina Delaine is the perfect actress to bring Perry's ensemble to life. I wish more male writers would allow for a female voice. But then, most male authors lack Perry's talent. Yeah, Perry tends to leap over-the-top, but that's entertainment.

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A Town Destroyed by Criminals

We start out with the town on the verge of being destroyed by escaped convicts, from the federal prison that is the main employer of the townspeople, and see how brilliantly the escapees have prepared their ruthless takeover of the prison. But just when a different writer might have made us experience all their crimes in the town, all the murders and terror and suffering, the story skips forward in time. It has been a couple of years, and the original team of conspirators who terrorized the town have still not been brought to justice. The town's top cop is taking a long leave of absence now to hunt them down and bring them to justice. Not necessarily the criminal justice system. Merely justice. And by then, we are eager for her to be just as resourceful, and just as ruthless, as the escapees were in their original breakout. The narration takes a superb story by one of our most powerful writers, and makes it come to life. I couldn't wait to get to the end. Then I was sad that it was over. All of Perry's novels are good. This might be the best.

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I just wanted to keep listening!

My title says it. I truly enjoyed it. Story would make a great movie or TV series. It could have been more detailed. Should have been. But then, it would have lasted 20 hours or more

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Good not great

Story lacked excitement and anticipation like earlier books. Last chapter was not needed or just missed the mark.

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Not Perry's best, not even close to his top 10

This reminds me of those books written by someone else trying to carry on for a deceased writer like Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum. I've read most of Perry's work and liked some better than others, but at least they all had a story and some interesting characters, both good and bad. This one has the beginnings of a good story, but then just plods along with no real surprises and nothing really memorable. The main character is just barely 3D, but all the rest are flat. Not worth spending a credit.

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