Life or Death

Life or Death

by Michael Robotham


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Why would a man serving a long prison sentence escape the day before he's due to be released?

Audie Palmer has spent ten years in a Texas prison after pleading guilty to a robbery in which four people died and seven million dollars went missing. During that time he has suffered repeated beatings, stabbings and threats by inmates and guards, all desperate to answer the same question: where's the money?

On the day before Audie is due to be released, he suddenly vanishes. Now everybody is searching for him - the police, FBI, gangsters and other powerful figures - but Audie isn't running to save his own life. Instead, he's trying to save someone else's.

Michael Robotham has created the ultimate underdog hero, an honorable criminal shrouded in mystery and ready to lead readers on a remarkable chase.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316252034
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 274,342
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Robotham is author of Watching You, Say You're Sorry, Bleed for Me, Shatter, and other novels of suspense. A former investigative journalist who has worked in Britain, Australia and the US, Robotham is one of the world's most acclaimed authors of thriller fiction. He lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.

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Stephen King

Life or Death is a nerve-shredding thriller with the heart and soul so often missing from lesser crime and suspense novels.
I couldn't stop reading, yet I didn't want Audie's story to end. Robotham is an absolute master. --Stephen King

Lee Child

I love this guy's books. Try Life or Death and you'll see why.

Steve Berry

A pitch perfect plot with a stunning twist that involves a sheep in wolf's clothing. Talk about topsy turvy --- but it works — big time. --Steve Berry, author of The Lincoln Myth and The Jefferson Key

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Life or Death 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is so good you feel liike your watching this story instead of reading. I have all of his books that are available on my nook. First one I read was Shatter. It was so good I had to read more of his work. I hace not been disappointed. He is that good.
dblueyzDH More than 1 year ago
First of I have to say I have been reading a lot lately and this bool is my number one choice. I have never read anything by this author. I loved the fast pace of the book. Keeping me intrigued along this journey. I would highly recommend  this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers... I cant wait to find my next book by Michael Robotham.. Thank you Darelyne   
scottydback More than 1 year ago
"Life or Death is a nerve-shredding thriller with the heart and soul so often missing from lesser crime and suspense novels. I couldn't stop reading, yet I didn't want Audie's story to end. Robotham is an absolute master." - Stephen King. I figured if the master of storytelling himself liked this book, I had to give it a shot. King's praise nailed it, and so I will leave it at that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story.Nicely written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most heart stopping, heart gripping novels I have read in a very long time. The characters and their stories will stay with me forever. Audie Palmer is a hero for the ages!!!
GraceJReviewerlady More than 1 year ago
It's been a bit of time since I've read a thriller - so many good Christmas books out there to indulge in - and this one has been languishing in my list for far, far too long. One of the most riveting novels I've read this year, and most definitely an author I'm going to be looking to for more thrills! Audie Palmer escapes from prison the day before his release date. That seems quite ridiculous to most people - me included - but is there someone out there who knows why? This is a slow release book, evenly paced throughout the story with enough revelations to keep the reader riveted. The tension is palpable and it makes for an intense, riveting read! Did I know where it was headed - NO. Did I suspect how it would play out - Absolutely NOT. Did I enjoy it? Oh, YES, each and every word. Loved, loved, loved everything about this one, and feel very appreciative for the author's skill in writing such a superbly structured story - one I won't forget for quite some time. I've already recommended it to my nearest and dearest - and he's so picky you'd hardly believe it! My thanks to Little, Brown Book Group for my copy via NetGalley. I chose to read this of my own free will - and I'm so sorry it took so long to reach the top of my list!
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Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
ARC provided in return for an unbiased review. "Why would a man serving a long prison sentence escape the day before he's due to be released?" Why indeed? The answer to this question is the crux of the novel, and it takes its time giving us the answer. We start with Audie Palmer's escape from prison and then through a series of flashbacks interspersed with current action, we gradually learn the story of what happened to Audie and why he makes his seemingly inexplicable escape. It's a long and winding road, but the story holds our interest and while the answer is tragic, the resolution is hopeful. The only real issue I had with the writing was the occasional use of "British-isms" in a story set in Texas and the American Southwest with nary a British character in sight. I enjoy Robotham's writing style and look forward to reading more of his work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters. Good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, a compelling main character, and dialogue that jumps off the page You can actually see and hear the characters as their story unfolds thanks to the brilliant writing i am a big Elmore Leonard fan and i found the writing style very similar A great read.