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3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  782 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
Carnoy follows his 2010 debut, Knife Music, with a thriller set in California’s Silicon Valley that has it all: a convoluted but convincing plot, a likable protagonist facing terrible odds, and a meaty supporting cast working for and against him.

While Richie Foreman served seven years in prison for vehicular manslaughter, the friend he claims was actually behind the wheel,
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by The Overlook Press
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Larry Hoffer
Dec 25, 2012 Larry Hoffer rated it really liked it
I'd rate this a 4.5-star book.

I read a lot of mysteries/thrillers, and while I don't always figure everything out every time, I love books that have enough plot twists to keep me guessing without throwing out red herrings all over the place. David Carnoy's The Big Exit didn't let up the entire time, and although I saw a few things coming, I still thought this was a pretty great read.

It seemed like Richie Forman had it all—a successful career in marketing, a beautiful fiancée, and a terrific sing
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Barbara Mitchell
Feb 07, 2013 Barbara Mitchell rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. This is Carnoy's second thriller but the first I've read and I'm hooked. He is an executive editor at CNET and regularly interviewed on television as a tech expert. With that background you might think his novels would appeal only to techies but you would be wrong. This is a complex plot, masterfully told, that pulled me in and held me firmly until the end. I'm sort of the opposite of a techie but I understood and followed everything.

The characters either just get to yo
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Abigail
Feb 28, 2013 Abigail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mysteries are one of the trickiest stories to tell, especially these days. Throw in technology, procedure and the fact we are basically spoon fed crime drama’s throughout popular media it makes it even harder to present a truly outstanding and gripping tale. David Carnoy has done it with this book. It was three-hundred plus pages of non stop, breath-holding action. The characters were easily embraced and so well fleshed out you felt like you were a fly on the wall in every scene.

It could easily
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Jeffrey
Jan 16, 2013 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2013
Richie Forman was once a promising marketing executive, when his career and life were derailed because he and his partner Mark MacGregor got into a car accident in which a woman was killed and another severely injured. Forman, who was drunk at the time, claimed that he was not driving, even though he was found in the driver's seat. He said that MacGregor was driving. Unconvinced, the jury sent him to jail.

Now he is out of prison and struggling to put the pieces of his life together. He has a gig
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Shelly
Dec 28, 2012 Shelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours
I have read a lot of Crime/Thriller novels over the past 6 months and while this wasn't my favorite, it did keep me turning pages right to the end. It reminded me a little of Gone Girl, plot wise, but I didn't hate myself for wasting time when I was done with it like I did with Gone Girl! I also finished this one much faster.

Richie is fresh out of prison and trying to make a fresh start when he finds himself accused of killing his former best friend. This former best friend married Richie's ex-f
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Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

'The Big Exit' is a thrill-ride of twists and turns that keeps the reader on their toes throughout the entire novel. There are several layers within the plot that weave seamlessly together to create a web of intricate lies, deception, mystery, and even murder. What starts out looking like a horrible crime - a murder of a wealthy Internet businessman - quickly escalates as evidence connects people from the victim's past and a very public trial to the murder. At the heart of the novel is
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Beth Cutwright
Feb 03, 2013 Beth Cutwright rated it really liked it
Let me tell you, NOTHING is as it seems in this mystery suspense novel. This was a fast paced story that circled around very well written characters, although they all seemed to be making fast and sure assumptions as to who was guilty of the murder of Mark MacGregor in the attached garage of his home with an ax-like tomahawk instrument. Ritchie Forman was an ex felon, had served his time and additional time for injuring an inmate during an unprovoked assault. Beth Hill MacGregor was Ritchie's e ...more
Linda Munro
Dec 06, 2012 Linda Munro rated it it was amazing
Here we go again, another book that has been on my want to read list since December 6, 2012 and I have finally read it!

So, what can I say? This book is about a man trying to reclaim his life after spending years in prison for a vehicular murder he claimed to be innocent of. It was a bachelor party for Richie Forman that ended in an accident that took the life of an innocent woman. Richie claimed that his best friend, Mark McGregor, must have somehow put him in the driver’s seat after the acciden
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Kari
Jan 17, 2013 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2013
Have you ever been in the mood for a really great mystery that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat? Well, then, The Big Exit is the book for you! I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is very well written with so many twists and turns that it will leave your head spinning. I don't want to talk about the plot because that would ruin it for readers. Let's just say you will be guessing until the end like me. The story is told through varying points of view. I liked that aspect of the b ...more
Maureen
Dec 05, 2012 Maureen rated it really liked it
This book was absolutely fantastic! Fabulous character development-the characters were colorful but not over the top and were interesting throughout- and a super tight plot that was consistently interesting throughout. The only hiccup was there was one paragraph where the author was talking about "Hughes" being killed and the dead person's name was actually Ramos. Other than that this is a solid punch of a thriller/mystery. There are some cross over characters from his first novel Knife Music (? ...more
Ric
May 14, 2013 Ric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mysteries are made in part by what the author doesn't tell us. In The Big Exit, David Carnoy lays out the mystery right at the start like an invitation into the spider's web. And unwittingly, I enter. So, a husband, murdered at home, and discovered by his wife. Prosaic enough, but, of course, nothing is what it seems. As the narrative progresses, the author parcels out twists and revelations that keep me reading, taking precious fiction time from other books on the queue.

The author uses a style
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Angela
This book started off so strong...and I'm disappointed that it seemed like it wanted the reader to go through dips and turns...make you think that you knew who the "killer" was...and then pull you in a totally different direction. I did assume that the wife was the killer, but...I don't want to spoil this for everyone else. It's one of those books where I expected more, and got so much less. The first half was excellent...but I'm not sure what happened.
Normalene
Nov 01, 2012 Normalene rated it it was amazing
I thought I knew what was going on right away, then there was so much stuff thrown in to the mix, it kept me guessing all the way to the end. The characters wee well developed and quirky although not stereotypes, the archetypes come through strong. Sinatra impersonator gets out of prison, finds out his gilfriend has married his ex-partner but now the partner ends up dead. Wow - the who done it was well played.
Ginny
May 22, 2013 Ginny rated it really liked it
David Carnoy is a new author for me as I haven't read his first book, "Knife Music." The Big Exit was a great thriller with believable characters. I will back-track to read "Knife Music" and wait hopefully for this author to write more and more of this quality of work. This was a really good, really well-written book.
Marisa
Feb 21, 2013 Marisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
I listened to this over the course of a few weeks while driving into work...my first experience with this writer and I really enjoyed it. The story line was intricate and the concept, while not novel, was modern electronic and techie. Good mystery with excellent character development.
Susan
Mar 06, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
Listened to this while skiing in Breckenridge and it was a blast! David Carnoy will definitely be on my future reading list. A great action packed adventure with terrific combo of characters. First rate thriller.
Nicole
Feb 10, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Listened to this book and thought it was a great read. If you enjoy mysteries and audiobooks give it a listen.
Becky
Mar 12, 2017 Becky rated it really liked it
It didn't dawn on me until about 2/3 of the way through the book that the title has meaning. Duh! It relates to the ins and outs of the Silicon Valley corporate world, which lend complexity to the plot. There are also some complicated human relationships. But all is revealed in a peeling-the-onion manner. Along the way, there are some interesting characters, including the title guy with the criminal record and career as a Sinatra impersonator, the lawyer and ex-girlfriend trying to get pregnant, ...more
Jeff Barr
Mar 19, 2017 Jeff Barr rated it liked it
Good writing, but plodding.
Rose
Nov 16, 2016 Rose rated it it was ok
I'm in the middle of a dry spell with library books. This has a predictable plot, superficial characters, and trite dialogue. Mediocre all around...
Vi Louise
Dec 20, 2016 Vi Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I picked this title to become acquainted with the narrator, R. C. Bray, who was referred by a Literary Sisters member. Developed mystery plot with good narration makes a good read for me.
Katie/Doing Dewey
Jan 13, 2013 Katie/Doing Dewey rated it really liked it
Convicted of vehicular manslaughter, Richie is released from prison still claiming his friend actually swapped places and put him behind the wheel. While Richie served his sentence, his friend has gone on to business success and marriage to Richie’s ex-fiance. When that same friend turns up dead, Richie is the obvious suspect. However, while evidence against both Richie and his ex-fiance mounts, not everything is as it seems. Plot twists and intriguing leads kept me reading this one late into th ...more
Anton
Feb 05, 2013 Anton rated it liked it
“The Last Exit” is a noirish detective novel. Instead of taking place in some seedy L.A. neighbourhood, it is set in the Silicon Valley. And instead of starring a hard boiled detective, its protagonist is a recently released excon who moonlights as a Frank Sinatra impersonator. It’s not quite as interesting as that summary makes it sound, but it’s a decent read.

Like any good detective story, it centres around a murder. The victim is a tech company mogul named Mark McGregor. The prime suspects ar
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Stephanie

Unfortunately, the only characters I liked in this novel were not the ones you'd expect. And it dragged..... The narrator, R. C. Bray, was just.....ok.

Mysteries are made in part by what the author doesn't tell us. In The Big Exit, David Carnoy lays out the mystery right at the start like an invitation into the spider's web. And unwittingly, I enter. So, a husband, murdered at home, and discovered by his wife. Prosaic enough, but, of course, nothing is supposedly what it seems. As the narrative p
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William Stanger
Jan 05, 2013 William Stanger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Big Exit is the first book by David Carnoy that I have read. I didn't know what to expect, but when I saw it on offer from Partners In Crime Tours for review I thought I would give it a try. I have to say that I was not disappointed, which means it will hopefully not be the last book by David Carnoy that I read.

This book is well written and moves at a decent pace. The characters and the setting (the Silicon Valley) are very believable. Although there is plenty of description in the dialogue,
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JeanBookNerd
Jan 22, 2013 JeanBookNerd rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
David Carnoy’s thrilling murder mystery, The Big Exit, tells the gripping story of a man named Richie Forman who is accused of murdering the husband of his ex-fiancée, Beth Hill. Fingers are pointed at him because he served seven years in prison for vehicular manslaughter…a tragic accident that he claimed that his friend Mark McGregor, the murdered man, was the actual person behind the wheel. Although big names like DNA specialist, Marty Lowenstein, is defending Richie, Detective Sgt. Hank Madde ...more
Tammy
Nov 01, 2012 Tammy rated it liked it
The Big Exit was the first book we have read by author David Carnoy. We had no idea what to expect when we started the book but we have to say, we were delightfully surprised. First, we were drawn in by the rich character development. we felt like each character was incredibly believable and likeable in his/her own way. They were people we could see ourselves having lunch with or working across the hall from. Richie Forman/Frank Sinatra was my favorite character. You can hear Richie’s Sinatra Ac ...more
spencer
Dec 01, 2012 spencer rated it liked it
Silicon Valley is bland. Filled with nondescript buildings and unexciting people, it is one of the last places you would want to set a whodunnit. And if you did, you would at least want to fill up your pages with interesting characters, or at least caricatures of the type of people who we imagine to live there: overworked computer engineers, yoga moms, the nouveau rich who mistake their good luck for genius, maybe an immigrant tied to his job by his work visa.

Instead we are given an ex-con who
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Tammy-&-Michelle
Jan 14, 2013 Tammy-&-Michelle rated it really liked it
The Big Exit was the first book we have read by author David Carnoy. We had no idea what to expect when we started the book but we have to say, we were delightfully surprised. First, we were drawn in by the rich character development. we felt like each character was incredibly believable and likeable in his/her own way. They were people we could see ourselves having lunch with or working across the hall from. Richie Forman/Frank Sinatra was my favorite character. You can hear Richie’s Sinatra Ac ...more
Heather
Feb 04, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Seven years ago Richie Foreman was living the good life. He had a high profile marketing career, was engaged to a beautiful woman, had an incredible best friend, and was an aspiring singer. After a spur of the moment bachelor party his life changed forever. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter but he swears his best friend Mark was driving. The cops believe Mark's story that Richie was the driver and Richie goes to prison for seven years.



Fast forward to the present and Richie is looking fo
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