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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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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 12-07-14
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 12-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "TEASE OF A STRIPPER"

    This is my first Thomas Perry book. I especially enjoyed the ending, although I wasn't sure where the story was headed till we got there. I agree with the reviewer who said that there were times he didn't know which character to pull for. Occasionally I had to remind myself what I already knew about a character. Look forward to another book by TP.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 12-02-14
    Linda 12-02-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Gansters 'R Us"

    I like the plot twists, it was the perfect read for a rainy afternoon or day at the beach. Violence as part of the scene but not too graphic or blown out. I would have given a higher performance rating but he mispronounced Sepulveda and La Cienega, both well known L.A. locals.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Riverman63 Riverside CA 08-27-12
    Riverman63 Riverside CA 08-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not From Around Here?"

    This would have been a Very Good book IF the editors had taken the time to tell the narrator how to pronounce California / LA street names. It's Ce-Pul-Ved- A, nor Cepel-Veeda. Just one of many gaffs. Too bad as the story was mostly believable/probable but the mispronunciations were just too vast and cut into the enjoyment of the book. I'll try another but this one was a poor showing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Takoma Park, MD, United States 06-23-10
    Bob Takoma Park, MD, United States 06-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Clever, satisfying entertainment"

    This tale teeters just this side of surreal or over-the-top, but in sum it is a richly entertaining read, filled with good characters and compelling twined story lines.
    It is about a bunch of bad guys and people with ill intent or, at the least, weak moral compasses, on a collision course with disaster(and each other) . Yet we come to like most of them, none more than Manco Kapak, the shady strip club owner. I love the narrator's voice for Manco and if anything I wish we'd had more Manco and a bit less of the lengthy diversions into some of the others.
    We are stretched a bit thin to suspend our disbelief over Lt. Slosser's improbable domestic complication, and of the super hero qualities of Joe Carver, whose only known training for this is having run a bar back East. But we get past those quibbles. The ending is a reward in and of itself, even if it is not what one might predict or necessarily like.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 03-19-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 03-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "It starts when a strip club owner gets robbed!"

    I listened to Strip several years ago before I started writing reviews. Strip is not Thomas Perry's best work, not even close. But it is an interesting crime thriller set in the seedier parts of Los Angeles and it has a surprise ending. Narration is better than the story.

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    ruth louisville, KY, United States 08-31-10
    ruth louisville, KY, United States 08-31-10 Member Since 2013
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    "A worthy companion to the Jane Whitefield novels"

    I've read most of Perry's novels. The Whitefield novels stood head and shoulders above the rest ... until "Strip". The plot twists and turns, holding the reader's interest... the characters are interesting and well-developed.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 05-19-10
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 05-19-10 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    smallstakes 05-17-15
    smallstakes 05-17-15 Member Since 2017
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RoJoe 03-16-15
    RoJoe 03-16-15
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    "I really wanted to like this story...."

    I was even upset when one reviewer gave the story a negative review. The story started great. It captured my attention, and I was eager to continue.

    About partway through the story, it felt like the story was written by another author. Some of the scenarios were really far-fetched, and the dialogue became very stilted. I began skipping portions of the book.

    Overall the narrator was very good, but the story was not.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. Plyler Washington state 02-10-13
    M. Plyler Washington state 02-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Get the place names, street names pronounciation!!"

    I love anything that Thomas Perry writes, and this was a great story; the double crosses were dizzying. But if you are going to get someone to read a book, that person should be provided with the correct ways to say local place names. This fellow mispronounced Sepulveda, La Canada, and, as I recall, La Cienaga. Every time a place was mispronounced I felt as if I had bitten down hard on tin foil. That said, it is a great listen, although it was more complex than many Perry novels, with multiple story lines.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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