Overview

DOWNFALL is a fast-paced crime/suspense novel that revolves around Tom Cunningham, a man who loses all sight of himself by the promise of riches that he might gain through a supermarket robbery.

Broke and alone, Tom lands in Reno NV after the breakup of his seven year relationship. Not one to hold a steady job, Tom has always viewed his artistic talents as being far too important for common work. He finds the $56.00 remaining in his pocket ...
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DOWNFALL

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Overview

DOWNFALL is a fast-paced crime/suspense novel that revolves around Tom Cunningham, a man who loses all sight of himself by the promise of riches that he might gain through a supermarket robbery.

Broke and alone, Tom lands in Reno NV after the breakup of his seven year relationship. Not one to hold a steady job, Tom has always viewed his artistic talents as being far too important for common work. He finds the $56.00 remaining in his pocket totally unacceptable. Angry and frustrated, Tom strolls through the aisles of a supermarket and has a sudden thought, ‘Hey, how much does this place take in a day? Thirty, forty grand?’ But, ‘Come on, Tommy. You’ve never done anything like this before.’ Still, the thought lingers.
Tom spends the night thinking of the possibilities of a robbery and falls asleep exploring his new and dangerous fantasy. In the morning he decides that the risk may well be worth the reward; that is, if he is careful, very, very careful. ‘With a little luck I might just pull this off.’
Late that afternoon Tom confronts the manager with his gun but the robbery goes sour, leaving the manager dead. The hunt for Tom then begins, with Detective Sergeant Steve Picolli of the Reno police hot on his trail. For Picolli, this particular case is personal. The manager was a personal friend and he vows to do whatever it takes to bring his killer to justice.
Tom escapes first to Miami where the body count only increases. He takes up with a club dancer and, together, they continue his reign of mayhem. Tom then travels to New England, leaving Miami just as the heat on him becomes increasingly uncomfortable, but is ‘made’ by the authorities in New England within a day of his arrival. ‘Why is that?’ he wonders. ‘How come they identified me so quickly?’ Tom realizes then that the information about his trip could’ve only come from the one person who knows him well enough to track him; his past lover, Allegra.
Tom drives back to Lake Tahoe to confront his ex who, unknown to him, has become close to Detective Picolli through the course of his investigation. For his part, Detective Picolli, having learned that the police in Massachusetts had missed Tom and has the uncomfortable feeling that Tom may just return to Tahoe to seek revenge on Allegra for her betrayal. Concerned for her well-being, Picolli heads to Tahoe and to Allegra’s cabin where the action reaches its fast-paced conclusion.
Two things separate DOWNFALL from the average crime novel. First, there are fully thirteen action scenes compared to the usual four to six a reader normally finds in a novel of this genre. The second is in the way that the story shows the steady deterioration of Tom’s spirit. Viewed initially as somewhat of a sympathetic character, Tom grows increasingly more calloused to the murder and mayhem around him and the reader makes this internal journey right at his side. The quick-stepped cadence of DOWNFALL accentuates the tight, often clipped dialogue and the narrative is trimmed to its bare-boned efficiency. As the story progresses the novel’s pace doubles, and then doubles again.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014966658
  • Publisher: David Boyd
  • Publication date: 7/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 242 KB

Meet the Author

D. W. Boyd has had a life-long love affair with writing. Originally a singer/songwriter, he moved into novels in the eighties. DOWNFALL is his third novel. "It was fun to write," he says. Mr. Boyd and his family are currently living in the Low Country of South Carolina "and lovin' it!"
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