A Small Town

A Small Town

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"In A Small Town, twelve conspirators meticulously plan to throw open all the gates to the prison that contains them, so that more than a thousand convicts may escape and pour into the nearby small town. The newly freed prisoners rape, murder, and destroy the town-burning down homes and businesses. An immense manhunt ensues, but the twelve who plotted it all get away. After two years, all efforts by the local and federal police agencies have been in vain. The mayor and city attorney meet, and Leah Hawkins, a six-foot, two-inch former star basketball player and resident good cop, is placed on sabbatical so that she can tour the country learning advanced police procedures. The sabbatical is merely a ruse, however, as her real job is to track the infamous twelve. And kill them. Leah's mission takes her across the country, from Florida to New York, from California to an anti-government settlement deep in the Ozarks. Soon, the surviving fugitives realize what she is up to, and a race to kill or be killed ensues. Full of exhilarating twists and surprisingly resonant, A Small Town will sweep readers along on Leah's quest for vengeance"--
Publisher: New York : The Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2020
Edition: First Grove Atlantic edition
ISBN: 9780802148063
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Per


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Nov 08, 2020

A dreadful book. An utterly unbelievable plot, cardboard cutout characters. Don't waste your time.

Aug 14, 2020

Action intensive, not real deep. A good read while at the beach. If you like to see bad guys hunted for frontier justice, you'll like this one. The criminals were not the masterminds they first seemed to be- if they had just waited, they might have been let loose due to the Coronavirus. This was a light diversion from reading WW2 histories and political news of the day.

May 17, 2020

Perry is one of those writers who never lets you down, like David Morrell. Loved this cop's revenge novel.

Apr 25, 2020

Audacity is the keyword here. The audacity of twelve psychopaths planning a mass escape from a low security federal prison turned max security prison. The audacity of twelve psychos to punish the small town that “hosted” the prison; to grind that small town into the ground. Then there is the audacity of that small town’s city government to send their own punishment against the twelve psychopaths who escaped. Finally, the escapees are enraged at the audacity of Weldonville to paint a target on their back and decide to fight back.
The small town of Weldonville, Co sends police Lieutenant Leah Hawkins to paint that target on each of the twelve co-conspirators and then take aim. In the small bit of humor present in this book, the town officials who are aware of Leah’s mission use the large federal grants to finance Leah’s mission of retribution and revenge.
Part of Leah does not want these men to die easy, for she has fought the escaped prisoners in the streets, losing friends and loved ones in the battles. Killing the remaining escapees will be easy, for the death toll at the prison and in the town is a heavy burden for Leah.
If you are a fan of Perry’s early works, the not-to-be-missed Jane Whitfield books, then you will know what I mean when I say this is a book in reverse of that terrific series. Instead of helping a person hide completely, this is discovering several people who think they have hidden completely.
Exciting and unusual, A Small Town fascinates with a carefully detailed description of how the bad guys planned both their break out and their own escape; and then how Leah tracks them down.
Perry’s writing is crisp as always, giving just enough information. Thankfully he did not overwhelm with details of the rapes and murders that just about killed Weldonville. When he did give detail it is spread throughout the book in small doses, not too graphic.
Although I liked the content of the epilogue, I didn’t think it connected with anything I had read earlier. It really came out of the blue. This was the only fault I found with the book.
Some of the other reviewers found A Small Town to be implausible. I found the story to be an imaginative fictional thriller. I find most thrillers to be implausible.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for a fair and balanced review. (less)

Jan 14, 2020

I enjoyed this book, but it was hard to see Leah as a real person. She seemed like Rambo. Rambo as a small town cop seems a little far-fetched. Everything seemed to fall in place to easily for her. It needed a more realistic plot

Jan 04, 2020

Mr. Perry is a highly intelligent author, and I've enjoyed many of his books, but with the exceptions of the superlative ones like Metzger's Dog and The Big Fish, et cetera, there is a continuous emotional flatness.
This was a decent read, but again that same flatness, the same lacking of the emotional element. Formulas are a requirement for math, but formulaic writing can grow tedious.
FYI: Endless fearmongering these past 48 hours in the place of any real reportage or news! Yes, Trump -- who I didn't vote for nor have ever cared for -- had the top terrorist, Gen. Zuleimani of Iran, killed in response to this previous 24 attacks on various Iraqi sites, the last one involving the death of an American. The pathetic media these past 48 hours have neglected to mention all the innocent people murdered by Gen. Zuleimani in Thailand, Nigeria, India, Kenya, Argentina and elsewhere [he was directly involved in the deaths of an estimated one-half million Syrians]. I'm not defending Trump but I am attacking Bush, Obama and Reagan for not taking care of business long ago. This week all those lives -- plus the lives of 241 US Marines -- were finally, and justifiably, avenged!
The main media meme, best exemplified by NPR's The Takeaway show this past Friday, is that it's OK to kill the little people, the innocents, but how dare Trump take out the main murderer in a high, or highest, position!
Truly, we have a morally bankrupt news establishment!

Jan 02, 2020

Thomas Perry- although I loved his Jane Whitmore series this book about a female vigilante who kills the 12 ringleaders of a prison break where hundreds of prisoners escaped and commits mayhem on the town was so so. It reminded me of a female Reacher.

Dec 30, 2019

When we click on the title we want to see INFORMATION of value to us. This showed 0 info about anything. I want to see number of pages, short synopsis, etc. This is terrible.

debwalker Dec 16, 2019

What happens when a small town is brutalized by a 1,000-convict prison escape. And what happens when it's vengeance-time.


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