The Last Kind Words (Terrier Rand #1)
Raised in a clan of small-time thieves and grifters, Terrier Rand decided to cut free from them and go straight after his older brother, Collie ...more
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mmmm... love this book.
a family of thieves, in various states of leaving the lifestyle behind them, living in a custom-made house where generations-worth of ill-gotten loot is squirreled away behind the walls, growing old and soft together; the older generation succumbing to alzheimers, and the younger ones either trying to go straight, or to make the decision to follow the family trade.
one of their own is behind bars after a spree killin ...more
“The last kind words ever spoken to Jesus were spoken by a thief.”
He tried to pull away but I held on.
“We were the first let into heaven. Thieves are pardoned.”
The motto of the Rand's family of honorary thieves.
Thou shall not kill, nor use weapons...
But Collie broke that code and is now on death row for killing eight people. Now that the time has come of his final hour, he denies having to anything with the last murder. Now Terry, his brother, needs to find out who ...more
You really don't expect a family of thieves to have high moral standards, but while Collie Rand sits on death row for the murder ...more
Collie is days away from being executed for multiple murders. Murder is a crime totally fo ...more
(this isn't so much a review as a rambling of some not quite right in the head people I've known in my college days.)
This book is excellent. Not perfect, but very very good. You might want to consider reading it. It might be the sleeper hit of this year's reading for you (sorry, I couldn't figure out what to call that, this season's reading? What season?)
Karen wrote a good review of this book and it gives the major plot stuff you might want to know about. So you should read ...more
Sometimes you read a book and can just tell the author is trying too hard to make it something more than it is. That is not this kind of book. The Last Kind Words is literary crime fiction that doesn't feel like it's trying to be anything but a great fucking story. There is no frill or filler here, no need to seem smarter than your ...more
Nobody grabs an opportunity like a thief. We all doubt our capabilities, but thieves don't. It is rare that we catch someone stealing our wallet. Movies about thieves are very spectacular to watch, but the scene of realizing there's no wallet...more
By Tom Piccirilli
This impressive creative title captured my imagination and became so integral to the plot and content of the book that it is one of the reasons I was drawn into and captured by this pitch perfect, action packed thriller.
This atmospheric noir novel has a cast of intriguing and fascinating characters. They are a charming family of anti heroes with all their idiosyncrasies. The reader is introduced to the Rand family who for generations have been grifters, card s ...more
Terry (Terrier) Rand was born into a family of thieves. His father, Pinsch (Pinscher), was a cat burglar who never seemed entirely enamored of the life; his uncles, Mal (Malamute) and Grey (Greyhound), alw ...more
This book would make a fantastic movie!
Don't let the title fool you as it did me into thinking it would be somewhat of a light romp....
This "canine second story" thieving family is really, really messed up
A story of a family of grifters entwined in petty crime until their eldest son commits murder and the devastating effects on all who love him.
The oldest son Collie is in prison waiting on the needle for going mad dog and savagely murdering seven people... or was it six and if so who is out th ...more
After leaving his family in Long Island five years ago to work out west as a ranch hand, Terry Rand is called back home two weeks before his brother, Collie, is scheduled to be executed after being convicted of a brutal killing spree. While Collie has admited to ...more
Similar to the Cold Spot with its dysfunctional criminal family but slightly better story and characters (including the dog). Also got the sequel so will be reading that one pretty soon too.
If you like beautifully drawn characters with hard edges, this book is for you. It's full of them and they leap off the page. But the real grabber is the pain, the regret, the self-doubt and uncertainty. And yes, the drive and strength and determination too.
The big theme is identity; Terrier Rand struggles with who he is and, more importantly, who he might become. I love this theme, and so does Mr. Pic, if his previous novels are any indication. But the ...more
The Last Kind Words tells the story of Terrier Rand and his family of thieves as they cope with one of their own falling into the underneath and going on an eight victim killing spree. The Rand's grip on the life they once lived where family goes before anything else is slowly spiraling out of control.
For such a harsh tale, the writing is both soft and beautiful. I found myself genuinely caring for these characters despite their sins and transgressions. Al ...more
And holy hell, the titular line (delivered at a funeral) was so goofy, I laughed out loud.
This mystery ends with a whimper instead of a bang.
There are no last kind words to express the time spent completing this novel.