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The Cold Spot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    Neo-noir at its best

    After years of writing in the horror and dark fantasy fields, Tom Piccirilli began to focus on supernatural-suspense crossovers with the emphasis on the suspense. With last year's THE FEVER KILL he dropped all supernatural connections and wrote a blazing crime novel heavy with his usual themes of family loyalty, loss, and suriviving with a heavily haunted past. Now for his latest mass market novel, THE COLD SPOT (and the first in a new crime series) Piccirilli gives us an authentic, funny, dark, and complex story of a young criminal's search for peace and love after being raised by his cruel criminal grandfather. Raised as a getaway driver and grifter by his grandfather, Jonah, young Chase is at home in the underworld lifestyle of thieves, heisters, crews and 'strings' where criminals band together to take down big scores. But when Jonah murders one of his own crew, Chase decides to head off on his own even though he knows that Jonah might well come after him and kill him out of anger. With speedy chapters that are still very well drawn we pass by several years of Chase's life where he runs small scams and does some driving as a wheelman for various (often stupid) crews. Then while down south he meets Lila, a deputy sheriff, and his life changes forever. After a brief cat-and-mouse game where Lila first wants to arrest him and then falls under his roguish spell, the two fall in love and get married. Chase goes straight, they move back to New York where Lila becomes a cop and Chase an auto shop teacher, and life is relatively blissful except for two main problems: despite their best efforts and seeing plenty of doctors, Lila cannot conceive, and although Chase says out of the bent life, his knowledge of the criminal world always gives him a synical and dark-tinged point of view. When Lila is assualted while making an arrest, Chase calls in favors to get the bad guy knocked around in prison. When Lila and her fellow police officers are stumped on how one particular car thief scam is being worked, Chase can show them exactly how it's done. Eventually, when tragedy revisits Chase's door, he's forced to return to his brutal grandfather and ask for help. The story then turns as dark and noir as you're likely to find anywhere else, as the two distrusting family members prod and push each other to get what they want. A major lynchpin in all Tom Piccirilli novels is the idea that there's some kind of unfinished business from the past that will inflict itself upon the present. He writes this with a real honesty, insight, and humanity, all of which are often lacking in today's mysteries and crime fiction. I said this about THE FEVER KILL but it bears repeating here for THE COLD SPOT: these books are about as good as a neo-noir novels gets. A fast-paced, cynical but satirical, complex, thoughtful, and often extremely funny story that combines with a lean, powerful prose. Piccirilli gives us not only plenty of action but also takes the time to examine the dark side of family, sorrow, loyalty, revenge, and the potential for redemption. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Breezefoot

    The small, mottled brown she cat padded in. "Are you preoccupied?" She asked Shadow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Fiery

    The russet she-cat watched, amused.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Tortoiseshell she

    Walks to res eight, waiting for love to come to her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Shadow

    He c.ums buckets and dismounts. "Next. Shecat."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Cloud

    Okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    STARCLAN IS AT

    Heaven star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Ck

    Please i want a friend i need one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Blueleaf

    Let me know if i can join at res one. I know herbs so i caan be med cat if necessary. I will not be back until either late monday or sometime tuesday. Good night. (4:22 ET)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Spiritheart

    Layed down and fell to sleep

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Nightwind

    A slender dark gray she cat with black stripes padded calmly in. Her amber eyes were proud but cautious. "My name is Nightwind. May I be deputy? I have been leader of many great and successful clans, including Hazelclan, Waterclan, and creator of Sunclan. I want to help make this clan active and great. Please consider me."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Spottedstar

    Is now old and in Starclan. Hisses. This clan should have treated me well! What disloyalty! I was going to live a happy life, in a nice, active clan, but now LOOK at me! My nine lives were a complete mess! And Nightwind," I see youve joined Celestialclan. And you nver came back here! Hisses and disappears

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great book!!!!

    I am not a big reader and this is the first book I have read in a long time. I couldn't put it down. Every time I had a free moment I would be reading. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good book that will keep you turning the pages!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A reviewer

    When he was ten years old someone killed his eight months pregnant mother with a bullet to her head. His father cannot cope with his loss and leaves Chase in the car while vanishing on his boat. Chase is in foster care until he grandfather Jonah comes for him. Jonah is a career criminal who brings Chase into his life of crime eventually the grandson drove the getaway cars. Chase walks out on his grandfather when he sees Jonah cold bloodedly kill a friend.------------ Chase drifts around the country stealing cars for robberies and leaving once the loot is distributed. In a small town in Mississippi, he and his cohorts botch a robbery. Lila wants to arrest them, but Chase escapes. He hangs around town and soon the thug and the deputy sheriff marry. They move to Long Island where she obtains a police officer job and he becomes a teacher. They are happy together until Lila dies in the line of duty Chase seeks revenge but needs the help of the last man he would ever ask for assistance if he is to succeed.---------- This novel starts at a rapid pace and just keeps getting faster as the action continually comes even after Chase leaves behind his life of crime for marriage in the burbs. When his beloved is killed by a getaway car driver, the homicide hits his soul as that is what he used to do and his heart as the victim is his Lila. He swears to cross a line he never crossed before even for his grandfather. Readers will admire his courage and need to avenge his beloved although his criminal activity past is another story it is the audience¿s reaction to Chase that affirms Tom Piccirilli¿s writing skills.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted July 13, 2011

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    Posted December 29, 2009

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    Posted March 13, 2010

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    Posted February 1, 2010

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