The Kind One, by Tom Epperson, b-plus, narrated byScott Brick, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.com
Here we meet Danny Landon in 1930’s Los Angeles. He had some kind of accident, he doesn’t know what, and it has caused him to lose his memory of the past, including his name. He is taken in by Bud Seitz, a vicious and sadistic mobster who for some reason has taken a liking to Danny. Danny thinks that what Bud tells him about who he is can’t be true because the other boys around Bud seem to be laughing at him. As the story unfolds, Danny finds himself forced to participate in crimes he doesn’t want to have anything to do with in order to continually show his loyalty to Bud. And as time goes on and he starts to learn some terrible secrets, he determines that he is going to save those he has come to love. This is a very locality-driven novel, giving you a great view of 1930’s Los Angeles, just coming out of the depression, and the mobsters that existed more blatantly at that time. And of course Scott Brick, one of the most popular narrators, gives just the right flavor to this book.