Thomas Perry – A Small Town

In A Small Town, 12 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 search ensues, but the 12 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 12. 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 listeners along on Leah’s quest for vengeance.

Author: Thomas Perry
Narrator: Christina Delaine
Duration: 11 hours 3 minutes
Released: 20 Jul 2001
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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I found this book very captivating. Audible classifies it as a procedural but I think its a thriller. This is no who done it. You know exactly who did it and there is not an ounce of normally acceptable police procedure performed.
This book begins with the planning and execution (literally and figuratively) of a prison escape.
The town was promised a low security federal prison. After it was built they started receiving maximum security prisoners due to overcrowding. Twelve of these men killed the heart of a town. After the planning and brutal execution of most of the guards they stole their cars and went to work on their families. And they opened the prison gates for all to just walk right out and reign terror on an unsuspecting community. No civilian was not affected. The men had killed the heart of the town.
Enter Leah Hawkins. She was a state cop turned town cop and she too lost someone that night. But she has skills. The town council wants these men as dead as the town and theyve hired Leah to hunt them down.
Christina Delaine does a fantastic job narrating.
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