The Last Kind Words
Raised to pick a pocket before ...more
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 ...more
While I enjoyed A Choir of Ill Children, I wasn't super motivated to read another Tom Piccirilli book. I snapped ...more
Terrier Rand couldn’t cope with what his brother did and took off for five years, but with the execution date approaching he reluctantly comes home when Collie asks to see him. Collie tells Terry that while he’s guilty of most of crimes that he didn’t kill one young woman that was pinned on him, and ...more
Terrier Rand's family are "gentleman" thieves - no violence.
So when Terry's brother Collie goes on a murder spree resulting in the death of eight people, Terry leaves town, abandoning his girlfriend Kimmy.
Five years later, shortly before his execution, Collie asks to see Terry. Collie tells Terry that he's guilty of all but one of the murders, that of a pretty teenage girl. Collie wants Terry to find the real murderer.
Terry reluctantly looks into the claim while navigating the competing ...more
Collie is days away from being executed for multiple murders. Murder is a crime totally ...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
(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
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 ...more
The main character in the novel, Terrier Rand, absent and out of touch away from the family for over five years, has been requested to come home at the request of his spree-killer brother, currently on death row.
The Rand family consists of a group of ...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
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.
Some pretty hard core crime gets spotlighted within a family that previously had ...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), ...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
Piccirilli sold over 150 stories in the mystery, thriller, horror, erotica, and science fiction fields. He was a two-time winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for "Best Paperback Original" (2008, 2010). He was a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award. He was also a finalist for the ...more