Wild Town Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In trouble more often than not, guilty of assault, manslaughter, and honorably discharged from the military by the skin of his teeth, David "Bugs" McKenna can't seem to help doing the right thing at the wrong time - or the wrong thing, every chance he gets. But when he drifts his way into Ragtown, Texas, things seem to finally be turning around for Bugs. He gets his first job in years as the hotel detective of the landmark Hanlon Hotel. But now that Bugs owes deputy sheriff Lou Ford a favor, things are likely to get ugly, fast - and odds are, it'll have something to do with the bombshell wife of Bugs' new employer....
In Wild Town, Jim Thompson returns to the characters from The Killer Inside Me, which made his reputation, in a virtuoso, multi-character portrait of how one man's life can take a turn for the worse.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 44 minutes|
|Narrator||Kevin T. Collins|
|Audible.ca Release Date||January 16 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #223,133 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#956 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries
#7,171 in Crime Fiction
#7,625 in Hard-Boiled Mystery (Books)
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So, the negatives first. It seems as if it were written in a hurry. Some parts are polished enough, others seem quite raw. There are some inconsistencies (though only one that really bothered me), and a "dirty trick" or two used to keep you from catching on to the plot twists too quickly.
I can't really give a plot synopsis without throwing in spoilers, as the story takes twists and turns at every chapter. The main characters, of course, are not what they seem at first (and you expect this from the beginning). But they are also aware that their circumstances are not what they seem, and in their respective ways are trapped by their own cunning and distrust.
This book really shines in its character development, most of all. The reader sees each character from many different angles, gets to recognize their hidden strengths and flaws, and while they are very different the reader can sympathize with (if not like) almost all of them. This provides no rest, however; the plot twists relentlessly, and each character is all too human and seems fully capable of betrayal for their own reasons.
Tolstoy it's not. But this novel is suspenseful, never boring, and will hold your attention for the day or two it takes to finish it.