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At once authentic and flip, by turns wildly funny and deadly serious, as riveting as it is inventive, The Long Fall twists sibling rivalry inside out and sets the conventional crime novel on its head. In sunbaked Phoenix, Arizona, this never-predictable tale tosses into its antic mix a dead father, his two sons—one a small-time ex-con with a consistent genius for sabotagin ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 14th 2003 by Carroll & Graf (first published May 2003)
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James Thane
Jan 11, 2011 James Thane rated it liked it
Fresh out of prison for stealing a load of valuable cacti, Jimmy Coates borrows $6,000 from a loan shark and blows it on a losing bet. Shortly thereafter, he also loses his job as a performer at the Old Wild West Park in Phoenix when he fails a drug test in rather spectacular fashion.

Ray Harp, the loan shark, is hard on Jimmy's trail, looking to make an example of him. Harp's right-hand man, Aaron Limbe, has a personal score to settle with Jimmy whom he blames for getting him kicked off the Phoe
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Jim Thomsen
Jun 25, 2011 Jim Thomsen rated it it was amazing
An absolute gem of a literary crime novel, "The Long Fall" is an expertly concocted cocktail of character development, tight plotting and musical language that explores deep themes of discontent and desire to change.

It somehow manages the trick of not wasting a single word while rising high above the Patterson writing waterline. It has all the tone and discipline of high literature but skips the flat affect-less affectations of the "serious" MFA-grad-style novels, balancing wit and generous col
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Valerie Downs
Apr 23, 2014 Valerie Downs rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm

I have to admit the author did a fine job of developing the characters, it was generally easy to like - well dislike them. I am not so sure that there was a likable character in the book at all. Most of them were "victims" of society or someone else's actions, a hard childhood or a stifling marriage. Really? No characters in the book that actually had any kind of moral compass? This was a dark book, and I wish I had listened to my intuition that by 25% into the book that it wasn't going to i
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Alan Mills
Apr 09, 2015 Alan Mills rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-crime
Loved this book. First I ever heard of the author (Thanks, TyrusBooks for practically giving it away, while I only paid 99 cents, I'll gladly pay full price to read more!)

Down and out loser, just out of prison, get rich quick scheme disappeared on a bad bet at the track lands Jimmy deep in debt to the local loan shark. His brother wrote him off as a loser, and cheated him out of his inheritance. Jimmy's life spirals away, into mayhem and murder, but always with a smart mouth and a good line. Mor
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Chris
Sep 10, 2007 Chris rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: action, pulp, noir
So I feel a little weird reviewing a book written by one of my former professors, but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway.

At first, I wasn't really into it. The first few pages tripped me up rather badly, in fact. I couldn't quite get my bearings as to where Jimmy was and what he was doing. And then there was a long passage that was all commas and tons of metaphors. I felt completely out of breath by the time I reached the end of it (which was the intended effect, so, you know, well done). I ha
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Francis
Mar 01, 2015 Francis rated it liked it
You know I kinda liked it. I think this guy can write. Just not enough story. Sorta, like building a really good foundation for a pale pink, three bedroom, two car garage, stucco in the suburbs.

You kinda admire the intent, but you don't truly get the sense of it.
Patrick Jr.
Jun 25, 2014 Patrick Jr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of those chances people take on new authors, and I wasn't disappointed. The combination of a tightly wound plot and honest characterization along with a really biting prose made it so I could barely put this thing down. Great read, will definitely be looking for more from Kostoff.
Angel **Book Junkie**
If there is one thing in life I cannot stand it is a Moocher. Someone who likes to take from others without one thought or care in the world. I thought this is what Jimmy was. I think the author did a great job developing characters but as for the story it was predictable and the characters were not likeable at all. This was an easy read and I liked it but could not find anything that made me fall in love or want to go read another by this author.
Benjamin
Apr 05, 2015 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Pretty good page turner.
Ron Smith
Apr 25, 2012 Ron Smith rated it really liked it
The author expects the reader to root for a small time ex-con who bungles and burgles his way through life, pisses off the wrong people, and has a torrid affair with his brother's wife. That's a lot too ask, because the main character, Jimmy Coates, is the epitome of a LOSER. Yet, Kostoff pulls it off without a hitch. This was a fun read.
Dee Renee  Chesnut
I downloaded this free ebook to my Nook library in March 2012.
It is a noir novel with characters who just can't catch a break.
I recommend it only to readers who enjoy the noir genre as the author aspires to write like Elmore Leonard.
Old_airman
I was pleasantly surprised. The story had enough humor to make me chuckle a few times, enough drama to move the story forward and enough action to keep me interested.
Stan Lanier
Dec 29, 2010 Stan Lanier rated it really liked it
Am I the only person who's not long known this man's writing? He is too good.
Ian O'brien
Jun 06, 2013 Ian O'brien rated it really liked it
good read. liked the characters and they all stayed true to themselves.
Jzinind
Oct 22, 2013 Jzinind rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read this year.
Dave
Aug 07, 2014 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-humor
Decent, Elmore Leonard-ish crime novel
Brandon Nagel
Jul 17, 2012 Brandon Nagel rated it it was amazing
Nice. Highly Recommended.
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