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The Cold Spot (Cold #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  448 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Chase was raised as a getaway driver by his grandfather, Jonah, a con man feared by even the hardened career criminals who make up his crew. But when Jonah crosses the line and murders one of his own, Chase goes solo, stealing cars and pulling scores across the country. And then he meets Lila, a strong-willed deputy sheriff with a beguiling smile who shows him what love ca ...more
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Published January 1st 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jan 30, 2013 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
To give you some idea of the pedigree Piccirilli aspires to with this, one of his first crime novels he thanks Duane Swierczynski, Ray Banks, Jason Starr, Megan Abbott, Peter Abrahams, Ed Gorman, F. Paul Wilson, David Morrell and Chuck Palahniuk before quoting Ken Bruen at the start of the book. Man has some serious friends and he didn't disgrace himself in the slightest.

This is a modern noir; dark, depressing, with good characters, psychological insight and a fast paced style. Chase is a getawa
Oct 30, 2012 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
The book starts with a BANG!, literally, and remains in the fast lane for the rest of the journey. Chase is 15 in the opening scene, not your typical teenager. Instead of going to school and worrying about girfriends and grades, he has "fallen off the map" after losing both parents and taken to a life of crime under the tutelage of his grandfather Jonah. He's speciality is driving getaway cars, but he picked up other uselful skills along the way, like lockpicking, bare knuckle boxing, fine
Steve Lowe
Apr 12, 2012 Steve Lowe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At this point, I would read a Chinese takeout menu if it was written by Tom Piccirilli.
Dec 16, 2008 Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a typical crime novel, which isn't all that surprising considering the source. I've read a couple of Tom Piccirilli's earlier horror novels, and noticed the surreal, almost psychedelic narrative style he typically used. It made a lot of sense in the context of horror--sort of like a novel version of Argento's giallo horror movies. I wasn't sure how it'd translate to crime fiction, but I figured it'd be worth checking out. Turns out, it works really well. Actually, Piccirilli tones do ...more
Dec 24, 2009 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir
This is not a typical Noir crime book, its smart,the narrative takes time to build characters,emotional,dark story,very good settings,atmosphere. He did also a great job getting you to see inside the head of Chase.

Its has also quality action,twists,awesome criminal noir feel to it. Feels very much like a Richard Stark book. Chase and his kind felt like Pros doing their jobs in unromantic way.

I enjoy heist crime books specially the ones about Getaway drivers,this one was very well written for a
Dec 16, 2012 Gatorman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rough, hard-hitting crime drama from Piccirilli about love, family and revenge that takes no prisoners in its brutal look at one man's attempt to escape the bent world with the woman he loves. For what it lacks in originality and depth it makes up in storytelling, writing, action and brutality. Never boring or lacking in pace and the characters are interesting enough to keep you in the story until the violent ending. Short and to the point. Highly recommended.
Nov 30, 2012 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Reading The Cold Spot, I felt like being drawn in a film noir, where we follow bad boy Chase, who was trained by his grandfather from a very (very) young age to be a career criminal but mostly to be a getaway driver during his grandfather and his crew’s heists. But there’s so much more to this story, because Chase is not as hard and emotionless as his grandfather and when he meets Lila, a young deputy sheriff in a small town in Mississippi, his life changes a rather natural course; their relatio ...more
Alan Baxter
Sep 24, 2015 Alan Baxter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, crime
Piccirilli has an amazing ability to paint with language. This is a powerful, character driven noir that hits hard and low, and just keeps coming at you, relentless. It's terrible that Piccirilli died recently, so very young, but man he's left a legacy to proud of. Easily 5-stars.
Jun 11, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one - non stop action, great story and even better characters especially Jonah the hoodlum grandfather.
On to the sequel...
Feb 12, 2011 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love crime novels. There's just something about them that speaks to me, and for some reason I seem to really enjoy reading them in the winter. Maybe the dark, bleak weather makes a dark, bleak story even more fascinating. When it came time to choose my latest winter crime novel I chose a book with a fitting title, Tom Piccirilli's “The Cold Spot”

It's my understanding that Piccirilli is mainly a horror writer and that “The Cold Spot” was one of his first major attempts at a straight up crime no
Jun 19, 2014 Skip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
16 year old Chase is an accomplished mechanic and getaway driver. The leader of his crew is his grandfather, Jonah. After watching Jonah shoot another crew member, Chase worries that he many be next and heads south with his talents. His life changes when while waiting for his new crew pulling a job, a local female cop intercedes and Chase shoots his own guys in the leg to help her. Chase marries Lila, after an epic showdown with her sheriff, father. They move back to Long Island, and something t ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Billy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read Tom Piccirilli's The Last Kind Words and the sequel The Last Whisper In The Dark and I knew I would be hooked on this mans work. Then I read this fine one here and I don't think I will stop. If you are into suspense/action/mystery or any relative description like those, do yourself a favor and read Tom Piccirilli.
May 02, 2008 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Disappointing sub-Stark crime novel. Piccirilli continues his shift from horror to crime and thrillers. The novel does have a nice kinky fight scene between the hero driver and a bank robber but that's just about the only thing that distinguishes this book.
Jul 07, 2009 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do not read this book unless you've had a physical.
It punches you in the heart.
More than once.
Just remember, it's a Man's World
But it don't mean nothing without a woman or a girl
Even then...
Keep a gun handy.
Dec 04, 2012 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the better crime novels I've read in the past few years. Unbelievable pace and wonderfully drawn characters make this a must read. Talent to become one of the all time greats.
Oct 14, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really well done crime novel with terrific character development to go along with the action. It's a pity the author passed away in his prime.
Mar 23, 2009 spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardboiled
Reading about people this awful shouldn't be so much fun.
Jul 16, 2008 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Premise

Chase is a young man who lost his parents as a boy and was brought into a life of crime by his grandfather Jonah. Still in his teens, he decides to go straight and build a life as a law-abiding citizen. But this is a crime story, and a shady past is never far behind.

In Review

Many of the elements that Piccirilli writes into Cold Spot will be familiar to anyone who has read crime fiction or watched crime cinema. What distinguishes this book is Piccirilli's ability
Mike Kazmierczak
Before this book Piccirilli was still on my "heard a lot of good but not sure I'll follow him quite yet" list. Now though, he's on my must follow list of authors. This story is intense, hard hitting and not something to be missed.

Orphaned at a young age, Chase is raised by his grandfather Jonah to be a getaway driver and live a life of crime. Chase has no problem with this until one day when Jonah kills someone in their crew. Chase then goes solo and lives his own life until one day when he need
Tim Niland
Feb 22, 2009 Tim Niland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After his mother is murdered and his father takes his own life, Chase is raised by his grandfather, a cold and calculating master criminal, and he is introduced to a life of crime. After Chase's grandfather murders a member of their gang in cold blood, Chase makes a break for it, eventually going straight and marrying a cop. When his wife is killed responding to a robbery, Chase vows revenge and contacts the only man who can help him, his estranged grandfather. This was a well done and for the m ...more
Larry H
This book was freakin' amazing! Honestly, if real life and work didn't get in the way, I would have read the book from cover to cover and not put it down until I was done. This story had some terrific action, great characters and a really interesting story. And even though I had a feeling about some of the things that were going to happen, it didn't matter, because it didn't take away from the story at all. I'm definitely looking forward to his next book and I'm going to go back read some of his ...more
Aug 24, 2016 Jovdb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A sad reflection on how life will drag you down to its lowest level, no matter how you try to get out from under.

Chase is the grandson of a criminal. His mother died and his father committed suicide, couldn't cope with the reality of his wife's death, so Chase went to live with his grandfather and was brought up in the life of the criminal underworld.

He meets a young lady, a cop, in Southern USA and decides to go straight. He has a wonderful life, until his wife is killed while on the job. Chase
I didn't like it as much as The Last Kind Words, but I wouldn't throw it out of bed on a cold night. Several reviews mention they see steady improvement over time. I try to catch authors on the upswing and I enjoy that sense of accomplishment vicariously. But with this author I'm already doomed to hop around. I've tapped a couple other of his work, but I'm in no rush. I've got a stack of purchases that just gets taller. I'm not going to add to my 'want to read shelf', in fact I'm going to stop p ...more
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 William M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Having read everything Tom Piccirilli has ever done, I'm simply blown away how he continues to improve with each book. While I prefer his work in the horror genre, I've still kept up with his crime thrillers and think this is his very best. I couldn't put this book down, blazing through it in a couple of days. Chock full of original characters with unique histories in a tangled web of danger, deceit, and destiny. The action and twists are remarkable and Piccirilli's economy of words, dialogue, a ...more
This kind of murder/suspense story is lean, spare, and fast as a greyhound. The pace is incredible, the dialogue is taut and the characters are well drawn. I loved Chase, and I immediately saw Mitch Pileggi as Jonah. loved cold spot, now I need to find The Coldest Mile by Tom Piccirilli. and every piece Tom Piccirilli has ever written
Feb 05, 2010 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if a sociopathic career criminal had to raise a 10 year old child ... what would the kid turn out like?

This is the story of the kid - Chase.

What a twisty, page turning, story it is too - the only minor problem I have with it is that some of the changes in Chase's life are so abrupt and total that I could have used a little bit more narrative "selling" on them.

Oh and there is a huge plot thread left dangling for the sequel (which I’m definitely going to get).

May 21, 2012 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: colorado-writers
The Cold Spot worked great for me. I enjoyed meeting the protagonist's uber-dysfunctional family. The action scenes kept me flipping the pages at breakneck speed. The only place where this one lagged for me was in the middle section, which without spoiling anything, shied briefly away from the cold streets of the big city. It just wasn't quite as evocative as the the other two-thirds of the book. But that's a minor quibble, as this kept me reading right to the end.
Gori Suture
This book gets off to a slow start, but it picks up speed. It’s nothing too original, but the plot is interesting enough to pass a rainy day without complaints. I love Piccirilli’s horror novels, and I really don’t care for stories about criminals, but I enjoyed this one none-the-less.
Sep 17, 2014 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an exciting book. Piccirilli writes believable and sympathetic bent characters. It was so easy to identify with Chase....and such a nice change from sad cops and detectives. I can't wait to read the followup book.
Hlhowe924 Howe
Jun 10, 2008 Hlhowe924 Howe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picirilli keeps growing as a noir/mystery writer, getting better with every title.
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