Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The Last Kind Words, by Tom Piccirilli
Amazing book. It made the difference clear between books you enjoy and books you love. This wasn't precisely an enjoyable book as you spent so much of it aching and fearing for the characters, particularly the Rand family of thieves. Terry has abandoned the family and the life for five years, but returns when his sister Dale tells him that his brother Collie, who is shortly to be executed for a pointless killing spree, wants to see him. Collie has been convicted of killing eight people, but claims to have only killed seven, and that the killer of the eighth victim is still out there taking the lives of young women. Against his will and better judgement, Terry, who is both deeply messed up and sympathetic, does his best.