Andrew Klavan – The Identity Man

John Shannon is on the run, facing life in prison or death by lethal injection. Then, a bizarre text message draws him to a meeting in the dark of night. A foreigner who calls himself the Identity Man offers Shannon an incredible chance to start again: a new face, a new home, a new beginning.

Soon Shannon is living a life he never dreamed possible. In a ruined city that is trying to rebuild, he finds work as a carpenter and a wood carver. He falls in love. But just as Shannon is within sight of redemption, all hell breaks loose.

It turns out the city is crawling with corruption. There are crooked politicians, gangsters, dirty cops everywhereand all of them seem to want Shannon dead. Moving through the darkness in the burnt-out shambles of a dirty town, he’s got to ferret out the secret of his new life.

Author: Andrew Klavan
Narrator: Andrew Klavan
Duration: 8 hours 46 minutes
Released: 10 Nov 2011
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Language: English

User Review:

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Andrew Klavan tells a ripping yarn about a smalltime hood who is seemingly given a new face and a new chance to start his life over, but is actually being used by unseen forces for their own deadly ends. Set against the backdrop of an unnamed city deep in urban decay (sort of post-Katrina New Orleans, but not named as such), it manages to merge elements of thriller, mystery, and political intrigue into a mix that’s somewhere between The Wire and 3 Days of the Condor, and comes off as one of the freshest novels I’ve listened to all year.

On the narration: Klavan’s voice is spot on (for all but the female parts), and if he weren’t such a darned good writer, I’d suggest a career as a book narrator. A real pleasure to listen to.