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Publisher's Summary

Now a television series starring Michelle Dockery, coming to TNT this fall.

Fresh out of prison and fighting to keep afloat, Letty Dobesh returns to her old tricks burglarizing suites at a luxury hotel. While on the job, she overhears a man hiring a hit man to kill his wife. Letty may not be winning any morality awards, but even she has limits. Unable to go to the police, Letty sets out to derail the job, putting herself on a collision course with the killer that entangles the two of them in a dangerous, seductive relationship.

Good Behavior comprises three interlinked novellas (The Pain of Others, Sunset Key, and Grab), which together form a novel-length portrait of Blake Crouch's all-time favorite character creation, Letty Dobesh. This edition is the complete Letty Dobesh collection.

©2011, 2013, 2016 Blake Crouch. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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HE DIDN'T GET ANGRY, HE JUST KILLED PEOPLE

I DON'T SEE THE WORLD LIKE YOU DO.
This is a borderline five star. It is three novellas. The first story is the best and the second is pretty good and the third and longest is okay. I am a horror fan and the first story is just that. All the stories have twists that you don't see coming. Although, if I watched the show or read any more stories, I think I would see the twists coming, as the same plot structure is repeated for each story.

Conflicted
I am a bit conflicted with this, as we are supposed to be for the bad guys. I like to hear about the other side, but feel guilty about having empathy for bad people. When my I-phone was stolen, I certainly did not have empathy for the crooks who stole it.

Bikini
I also have trouble with the main character's looks. I get tired of books in which the main character can put on a bikini and look ravishing. The main character is a drug addict, in her thirties, never exercises, eats convenient food all the time, but can put on a bikini and turn men's heads.

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I also agree with Claudia. I normally like to hear what caused a writer to write a book, but all of these info dumps by Crouch are just commercials for his new show. It also seems like he is falling in love with writing for TV, which means we can expect less novels and scary stories.

Narrator is excellent

I still liked the stories and feel this is still worth five stars.

85 of 94 people found this review helpful

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Big Disappointment.

What was most disappointing about Blake Crouch’s story?

I didn't hate the story, but I didn't like it. The short stories themselves were just OK, and the notes from Blake Crouch in between were boring. I didn't get this book to listen to him plug his TV show, so it was a big upset to realize that the already rather short 5 hour book was actually even shorter if I didn't listen to that.

Any additional comments?

I have not watched the show, nor have did I listen to Blake Crouch talked after his first segment. The short stories themselves were rather far fetched, even for Blake Crouch.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 02-05-17

WOW!! Three must read novellas!

The TNT TV series Good Behavior is based on the three novellas in this book. Any one of the three is worth the price of the book. The protagonist is Letty Dobesh who is a 36 year old alcohol and drug addicted grifter/flim-flam artist just out of prison. Letty has a lot of problems one of which is having lost custody of her young son. She is successfully fighting her alcohol and drug addictions, but not her addiction to grifting. She has a big heart and all listeners are bound to love her.

In Letty author Blake Crouch has created a unique, wonderful and unforgettable character who is very different from his characters in other books including the Wayward Pines trilogy. Julia Whelan's narration is stellar. Author Blake Crouch comments on each novella when it is concluded.

It would be impossible to recommend this book too strongly. It is simply fabulous!

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Wow!

As one other reviewer mentioned, I'm not a fan of short stories, but these are fantastic with common threads throughout. Both narrators were perfect and wow the stories were intriguing even to this somewhat jaded fiction reader. I am almost hesitant to start the other Blake Crouch novel that I impulsively purchased ... how it can measure up to this?

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wow

i love the tv show but the book as always is waaaaaay better! i love the parallel worlds of lettie book vs tv. Either way if you cant find a part of you in her (tv or book lettie) then you havent lived long enough!

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Not a bad story

The story was pretty good but the author kills it by making his own notes after every segment. I get it was really three stories but honestly, does he need a p remind everyone that they made a tv show out of the book. He mentions its numerous times through the audio. If you have to remind every body about it maybe the shows not that good. I would have gotten through the whole audio book except he has to tell why he wrote the whole thing in segments. Let the story tell it self.

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  • Cathie
  • Savannah, GA, United States
  • 02-17-17

Good, Apart From The Series Plugs

Blake Crouch is consistently one of my favorite authors, and I enjoyed these stories. However, the flow was disrupted by the long ramblings about how the character, stories and series came to be. One would have been fine. I might not have skipped over it. He just carried it too far.

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  • Dubi
  • New York, NY
  • 01-27-17

From Page to Screen

The original source material for TNT's new show Good Behavior, a short story and two novellas by Blake Crouch about Letty Dobesh, a high-strung grifter junkie, as she executes hotel room, art, and casino heists.

If you're a fan of the show, there are significant differences. The entire second story, for example, as well as the way the other two stories end. But until the end, the initial story is virtually the first episode of the show verbatim. The opening scene of the third story is the opening scene of the first episode, and much of the remainder of that story is in the fifth episode, with a different setting and a radically different ending.

But there is very little about Letty's family and no Javier (except as a name for a different and very minor character). What makes the whole thing that much more enjoyable is that Crouch is on hand to discuss the show and the three stories, how he and show's creator and writer incorporated what he already had and how and why they changed things.

That and the dramatic twist endings to all three stories, as well as narration that comes close to Michelle Dockery's characterization, make this an excellent choice for fans of the show. Those who haven't seen the show are likely to check it out after listening to this audiobook.

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Great stories! I only wish they could be longer :(

I was enthralled the whole time. The plots were all so different and Leddy was such a great dynamic character! The narrator was ok, but she was really bad at immitating men.

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Great Listen

really enjoyed Letty. She's entertaining and I want more! I hope a follow length book and series comes out.

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  • Mark Say
  • 02-04-18

Excellent

What a great listen. I really enjoyed this collection of 3 short stories, my only criticism being its just not long enough!!

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  • jojo
  • 01-19-18

Had potential

could have been a good book if it wasn't for several chapters of the author talking.

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  • Lisa F.
  • 06-27-17

Loved it!! Great sassy main character!

Julie's voice pulls you into the stories and matches the character really well. I love the plots!!!

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  • Ms. Sl Wilson-dickson
  • 12-09-16

Another really good Blake Crouch ride

I lreally enjoyed this, I didn't find the writers explanations off putting at all, they were really interesting and easily skipped, only introductions to each story. Gripped by the character and plots. A good read.