The Killer Is Dying

The Killer Is Dying

Book - 2011
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A hired killer on his final job, a burned-out detective whose wife is dying slowly and in agony, a young boy abandoned by his parents and living alone by his wits. Three people, solitary and sundered from society.
In what is at one and the same time a coming-of-age novel, a realistic crime novel and a novel of the contemporary Southwest, The Killer Is Dying is above all the story of three men of vastly different age and background, and of the shape their lives take against the unforgiving sunlight and sprawl of America's fifth largest city, Phoenix.
The detective, Sayles, is looking for the killer, Christian, though he doesn't know that. Christian is trying to find the man who stepped in and took down his target before he had the chance. And the boy, Jimmie, is having the killer's dreams. While they never meet, through the course of the novel, all find community.

Publisher: New York : Walker Pub. Co., 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802779458
080277945X
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Sal

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ambergrey100
Jan 02, 2014

I loved his characters and the total "noire" of the book. His best since Drive

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2011

A bit too disjointed and uninspired plot about three characters in modern day Phoenix. I agree with Tommy D Tom's review in Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Killer-Dying-Novel-James-Sallis/dp/080277945X

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