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The Last Whisper in the Dark

(Terrier Rand #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Professional thief Terrier Rand hasn’t gotten caught yet. It’s only his conscience chasing at his heels.
In the follow-up to Tom Piccirilli’s acclaimed novel The Last Kind Words, prodigal thief Terrier Rand has come home to the family that has lawbreaking in its blood. With generations of Rands keeping secrets from the outside world—not to mention from one  another—Terry i
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i did not know there was going to be a sequel, and then there was!!

real review later. for now - just be excited with me

oh, dear lord, i loved this book.

this is a sequel to the last kind words which if you have not read, you need to go read, and then you can read this one. i would not recommend reading this one without reading the other one first, because a lot of amazing stuff happens in the last kind words, and you will miss out on the emotional impact if you just read this one, although it doe
Dan Schwent
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books, 2018
A few months after his brother's execution, the man who married the love of Terrier Rand's life goes missing and Terry starts sniffing around. Meanwhile, Terry's mother's family reaches out to her for the first time in decades to tell her that her father is dying and Old Crowe might just have a job for Terry...

The Last Kind Words was phenonmenal and the goal for 2018 is to read as much Tom Piccirilli is possible. I broke through my ebook cheapness ceiling and grabbed this one post haste. I knew
"You're a killer Terrier. I don't know who you've murdered but I can see its taint on you. You're my kind. We know about the disappeared, you and I. We know where the vanished are hidden."
I'm so happy I discovered Tom Piccirilli. It's so awesome when you discover writers who seem to write work specifically for you, books that are exactly what you want to read.

This novel, which I believe was his final full-length one before his death, takes up several months after the events in The Last Kin
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing sequel to The Last Kind Words, which continues the story of Terrier Rand and the Rand clan and introduces more family members and low-lifes to the mix. There is a poetic quality to the story thanks to the fluid writing of Piccirilli, even when violence rears its ugly head. Gritty and real, the characters come to life and are fully realized, flaws and all. The ending is powerful and leaves you thinking about the fate of the players long after the last words are read. Even better than its ...more
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Go on and take another little piece of my heart, Mr. Piccirilli. I love Terrier. I love Terrier's mother. I love his father. It's just that the loneliness was a lot to take. It brought up that old saying about how you can be the most lonely when you are not alone, and I think almost every character in this book exemplified that. There were a few places where I questioned Terry's thoughts and motives because they didn't seem like the established character, but overall the story worked really well ...more
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, net-galley, 2013, crime
Prodigal thief Terrier Rand has been sucked back into the life he so desperately wanted to escape. He finds himself this time helping his old friend’s wife, Kimmy discover just what has changed with Chud since the night a car heist went horribly wrong. These people don’t take kindly to the questions Terry is asking but before he can find that truth, a curvy femme fatale takes him on a walk on the wild side, estranged relatives pull him into their horror film empire, and his sister is heading for ...more
Larry H
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read one of Tom Piccirilli's books, I think two things. First, he is a fantastic writer. And second, why isn't this man a household name? So many of Piccirilli's books deftly mesh terrifically complex characters, whip-smart dialogue, movie-worthy action, and great suspense. If you've not read one of his books and you're a fan of crime novels (or just damned good writing), pick one of them up and you'll be hooked.

The Last Whisper in the Dark is a follow-up to the equally fantastic Th
Sometimes it's not a good thing to love a book. I loved The Last Kind Words. So I had high expectations for this novel which starts up where the last book left off. I still love the main character Terrier Rand. But something was missing. Or maybe there was too much in this book. Piccirilli had lots of subplots which of course all come together in the end. I figured as much, so for me there were no surprises.

Maybe it wasn't the right book for me at this time, (hey, it happens) but I didn't rip t
Steve Lowe
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
More like 3.5 stars. Good writing as always, but lacked the narrative drive of the first one. The peril never seemed very ... perily. I know that's not at all a word, but it's early in the morning.

Terry Rand is trying to find (and save) his former best friend, Chub, who got mixed up in an armored car heist gone wrong, and is going to be whacked after the crew killed the guards, who were all former cops. There are subplots about his sister's secret acting career, and his mother's despicable side
Vince Darcangelo
There are not enough superlatives when discussing Tom Piccirilli. The man is a brilliantWhisper and diverse writer: He’s won awards for his horror, fantasy, thrillers and even poetry—bagging the prestigious Bram Stoker award on four occasions.

Previous novels, such as Shards, A Choir of Ill Children and November Mourns, have shocked and terrified, but with his new release, The Last Whisper in the Dark, Piccirilli takes us to a far more tender place.

A tender place, it turns out, just as disarming
Aug 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: notworthit
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Ray Palen
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To begin with, I must commend Tom Piccirilli as he has recently battled brain cancer and is hopefully turning the corner.

THE LAST WHISPER IN THE DARK is the sequel to THE LAST KIND WORDS --- one of the best crime thrillers of recent years. The characters are so memorable --- a family of thieves all named after breeds of dogs --- that they simply demanded to be revisited. In THE LAST WHISPER IN THE DARK the central character from the afore-referenced Rand family is Terrier "Terry" Rand. He finds
Diane S ☔
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: roadrallyteamb
This is only the second book in this series that has drawn me into the lives of Terrier and his very unusual family. All the family members have been names after dogs, they are thieves of one type or another, yet they will go to extremes to defend and take care of each other.

Was wondering after the last book, where the author was going to go with this family, because so many of the original were gone in one way or another, but we now have new family members, on the mothers side,family they have
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
In The Last Kind Words, we meet the Rand family -- a group of thieves and grifters, who have a reasonable sense of morality, assuming you can get over that they are criminals. In this sequel, we meet the wealthy in-laws, who appear to be legitimate business people, but who are morally bankrupt. The main plot is Terry trying to help his former friend, Chub, escape execution for his role in supplying a getaway car for a robbery gone bad. The high points of the book are Terry Rand's interactions wi ...more
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Really really creepy! Somebody killing people with needles into the brain? Ick! But so creepy, who is doing it and I had to know. Not my usual kind of book, but for some reason I seem to be on a creepy kick! This was my first Piccirilli book, but I think I won't make it my last, I was so creeped out, perfect I suppose for this time of year!

I think one of the best sentences in the book is when he said I could have knocked, I could have (something or other) but I like dramatics.

Very good, very det
Anton Cancre
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Those of you who read my review of The Last Kind Words (Tom’s previous book about the Rand family) know that it hit me rather personally. The Last Whisper in the Dark is no different and may be a bit more aggressively so. I’m just warning you so that you know this review will be about my personal relationship with this book and will have none of the usual pretend objective hullabaloo.

The blurbs set it up as being about narrator Terrier’s attempt to clear a friend, the same friend who married his
Darcia Helle
I read an early release of The Last Kind Words, the first book in this series, and loved everything about it. I couldn't wait for the next one and was thrilled when I had the chance to read an early review copy. That's about where my excitement ended.

First, this book starts exactly where the last one left off. There is no easing into the story, no back story, and very little in the way of helpful hints. The story simply continues on, as if I'd only just turned the last page of the last book. As
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Last Whisper in the Dark is the follow up Terry Rand novel by Tom Piccirilli.

The novel resumes after the ending of The Last Kind Words. A broad description of the main plot would probably best be described as Terry Rand trying to help out a long time friend while the friend is both refusing his help and claiming not to need any help. Still, with that description, the novel contains much more story than that.

Piccirilli brings back previously introduced villains, characters and family member
Benoit Lelièvre
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Can it get better than this? It's more of a dare than a rhetorical question. Reading the second novel of the Rand family, I felt the same buzz than when I read Dennis Lehane or Chuck Palahniuk for the first time. These books are special.

I made the first volume of this projected trilogy THE LAST KIND WORDS my best reading of the year in 2012 and yet this is outdoing it. Piccirilli is more at ease with the characters, he explores them in greater depth. The plot is more layered and has a more inte
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I really liked this follow-up to Tom Piccirilli's first book and am sad that there will never be any more. While Terrier is not exactly a stand-up citizen, he's a very likeable character and you root for him even as you watch him make stupid decisions. Without giving any spoilers, the ending is somewhat open to interpretation and you, as the reader, are free to imagine all sorts of future scenarios, including ones that work out for the best for this guy. I will also say I love his mom a
Kathleen Heady
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Terrier Rand and the rest of his family of thieves, all named after dog breeds, are not likeable people. They live in a world where thieving and lying are the norm, and honesty is rare. His father, Pinscher, is a former burglar who may be in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's, while his grandfather Shep has succumbed to that disease. A brother named Collie has been executed by the state for multiple murders, and the teenage sister, Airedale, known as Dale, is involved in her own secret activit ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Drama enriched with a delicately balanced noir. The Rand family are career criminals trying to resume some form of normalcy following their sons' execution for having been convicted and sentenced to death for multiple murders. Terry, a world class 'creeper' returned home after a 5yr absence finds himself playing a key role within the family structure, one made more important following the events of the previous novel THE LAST KIND WORDS.

This feels more like an episodic installment into what look
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sequel to THE LAST KIND WORDS, this is another story of the Rand family, thieves and grifters with their own kind of honor. The curious thing about them is they're all named after dogs. Terrier, Airedale, collie, Pinscher.

Terrier Rand, Terry to everyone, has three problems to deal with. He accompanies his mother to see her dying father, not seen in thirty-five years since he'd tossed her out for marrying into the Rand family. He wanted to apologize. His kid sister Dale, short for Airedale, had g
Anthony Willis
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What is there to say? This book was just as good as the first. (The Last Kind Words)

Tom Piccirilli has thoroughly impressed me with his works in this series. I was saddened to hear of his fairly recent passing. This series easily had another book to be written.

This is the continuing story of the Rands, a family with a reputation that precedes them. It shows how they are trying to deal with the loss of one family member while potentially reconnecting with a few others. However, nothing is cut a
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-story
I LOVED everything about this book. It is one of those books I would read again!! All I can say is just read this one!!
M. Sprouse
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This is the kind of book that makes my reading life worthwhile. There's a lot of depth in the the writing as well as plenty of action. So obviously I highly recommend this novel. I loved lines like, " The dead can't offer redemption but the dying can". Piccirilli gives us several storylines and even though they don't merge, they are similar in the fact that no matter how smart and on top of things we are in the short term, so many factors contribute in the long run that we're not really in contr ...more
Miles Kierson
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading "The Last Kind Words" I went looking to see what else Tom Piccirilli had written, and I was delighted to find that there was another book in the Rand Family Series, and then disheartened to also discover that the author passed away a few years ago at age 50. I loved the first book; I love and cherish this one. It is a love story in the end, a thriller and mystery of the highest order all the way through. Piccirilli is a gifted author and story-teller, and I will read other books he ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably a 3.6/ 7 star rating but knocked up to 4 because I had fun.

In this sequel to The Last Kind Words, Terrier Rand still can’t stay away from trouble. He courts it or it finds him anyway. I think he likes it.

Piccirilli dispenses with some brief back story adeptly before plunging the reader into another kidney punching, ‘mook’ and low life crowded car chase of a thriller.
Terrier, obligated to save family, foe and friend alike, confronts organised crime, sleazy B movie moguls and his past.
Joanna Dean
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so invested in these characters, especially storyteller Terrier Rand; so bright, so sad. I picked this up in a Dollar store because it's by Tom Piccirilli, who I've read on & off for years - how does a book like this not become a major seller? It is so captivating. There were twists I never anticipated and I can usually pick them up early. It made me happy and sad. Can't wait to go back for the first one. Read this book.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hard boiled. Grimy. Unsettling in parts. As a whole doesn't have a lot of momentum. The novel isn't a plot generator. It's a musing. It's an extended tone poem. It's noir through a broken filter. The language is evocative. The characters are abrasive and abrupt. It is a shame the author is dead.
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Thomas Piccirilli (May 27, 1965 – July 11, 2015) was an American novelist and short story writer.

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 20

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