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A Small Town: A Novel of Crime

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  620 ratings  ·  133 reviews
A small-town cop turns vigilante to track down twelve escaped inmates in this thriller by the New York Times–bestselling “master of nail-biting suspense” (Los Angeles Times).

When twelve inmates pull off an audacious prison break, it liberates more than a thousand convicts into the nearby small town. The newly freed prisoners rape, murder, and destroy the quiet community—
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published December 17th 2019 by Mysterious Press
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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A SMALL TOWN wasn't really the book I was expecting. I guess I was hoping for a tautly written mystery, and not what it actually seemed to be: a moderately fast-paced airport thriller, to be read in a single sitting before being donated. In A SMALL TOWN, a small town (lol) in Colorado is brutally attacked and destroyed following an intensely planned prison break.

Wanting revenge, and furious by the lack of justice served out by the cops,
Maureen Carden
Audacity is the keyword here. The audacity of twelve psychopaths planning a mass escape from a low security federal prison turned max security prison. The audacity of twelve psychos to punish the small town that “hosted” the prison; to grind that small town into the ground. Then there is the audacity of that small town’s city government to send their own punishment against the twelve psychopaths who escaped. Finally, the escapees are enraged at the audacity of Weldonville to paint a target on ...more
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Distinctly different
In fact probably one of the most unique books read this year
The basic story is that Weldonville, a smallish town in America has a maximum security prison on it’s borders, it shadows the town, affords it jobs and a level of prosperity and they live in a comfortablish if not wholly trusting companionship
That is until one night, when a plan that has taken months if not years to hatch finally happens and the gates
of the prison are opened and hundreds of prisoners escape and make
Louise Wilson
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Theres a prison break and this causes havoc for the small home town near to the prison. There is still twelve prisoners to be found. But the people of the town fight back.

This is one of those books that you don't want to say to much about as it would spoil it for potential readers. The plotline is believable and the characters are realistic, even though a couple of them are a it over the top. It was a nice change to have a bad ass cop that was a woman. I loved this book.

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Sep 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A Small Town by Thomas Perry is a fictional tale where twelve violent prison inmates orchestrate a large scale prison break out that leads to the decimation of the nearby town Weldonville when over 1,000 prison inmates run amok.

In the aftermath, two years after the twelve behind the break out can't be located by authorities, Weldonville police officer Leah Hawkins then decides to hunt down the masterminds behind this rampage and send them off to the place they belong.

Unfortunately for this
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
2.5 stars, rounded up. Twelve prison inmates break out of a federal prison, killing all of the guards and decimating the local small city, Weldonville, to hinder their capture: fires, killings, rapes, etc. Two years later, the city is dying, none of the twelve have been captured so the city council hires a local police officer (Leah Hawkins) to hunt down and dispatch the planners into their next life. The hunt is interesting, but readers have no idea where Leah developed her mercenary skills, ...more
Kathleen Gray
Probably best described as revenge porn, this is the tale of Leah Hawkins (never just Leah, always Leah Hawkins) who is hired to hunt down and kill 12 men who unleashed hell on a small town in Colorado when they no only escaped their prison, but also set all the other inmates free. This requires some suspension of logic- that the prison break would happen, that the inmates when released would go on such a horrible horrible rampage, that the 12 could not be tracked down by official law ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Weldonville, Colorado is a very small town. Most citizens are employed by the federal penitentiary outside the town, originally designed to hold white collar criminals. Over the course of a few years, some very bad men have plotted to get themselves transferred to Weldonville. Twelve men lead a prison break and the rampage that follows destroys the town. Two years later, Leah Hawkins takes a leave of absence from the Weldonville police. She is going on her own rampage, to find and destroy the 12 ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I'm not gonna lie. The last chapter is...bad. It's kind of like, oops I've got to end this thing so lets just do a half-(ahem) job and put this thing to bed.

But the rest of the book is wonderful!

You have action, heartbreak, violence, and heartfelt drama.

The initial prison break is choreographed like a horrific, yet perfect dance.

Our main character is almost iconic with her steely-eyed sense of vigilante justice.

And our villains? Oh, the reader wants them to get what's coming to them.

Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plucked this off my library's "New Book" shelf, feeling it was my lucky day. This is a fast-paced story of incredible violence on the part of prisoners who wreak havoc on the small town where the penitentiary is sited. In the aftermath of devastation with many dead the town limps on. The citizens left come up with a plan to eliminate the 12 inmates who planned and executed the breakout. It is put in the hands of one tall and capable policewoman. The precision action is cleverly choreographed and ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A violent prison break that literally murders a small Colorado town sets up an original pursuit of vengeance by an exceptionally drawn police lieutenant two years later. This is just another example of the incredibly gifted Thomas Perry who has consistently delivered the crime fiction goods.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-audible
Exciting start to finish! Thomas Perry is a definite go to for a very satisfying thriller!!
Darius Ostrowski
Dec 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I am familiar with Mr. Perry’s work. I have read all of the Jane Whitefield novels as well as the Butcher Boy series, and I can recommend them wholeheartedly. And I understand that Mr. Perry’s characters are often on the wrong side of the law – that’s part of what makes them so interesting.

But this novel is a bit too much for me. The premise and set-up are well-done: a mass escape from prison meticulously planned, a murderous rampage through a small town, the 12 ringleaders disappearing in
Jill Meyer
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "A Small Town" by Thomas Perry, his lead character, Leah Hawkins, is a 30-something cop in rural Colorado. The town she lives in and defends, Weldonville, hosts a supermax prison. On July 19th, hundreds of prisoners escape in a well-planned operation and terrorise the town people of Weldonville. Hundreds of people are raped and murdered in the most hideous ways. Leah Hawkins loses many friends, and, in particular, her lover is shot while trying to defend the town, at Leah's side. Two years ...more
Laurie Tell
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited to received an ARC of this book because Thomas Perry is an author I love. I've read all of his books and I know I'm always in for some fun. However, this did not impact my review. I write my reviews for possible future readers.

This book starts with a prison escape. I was getting into the story of this escape, and then........boom! It's 2 years later and a new story starts. I loved the "new " story, but it was a bit jarring to have such a sudden change. Even a chapter heading
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview a Small Town by Thomas Perry.
Mr. Perry has the ability to make you root for the underdog - he takes an ordinary individual and gives them the innate ability to "disappear" while taking down enemies one at a time.
In his new novel, a small town in Colorado houses a large penetentiary. The residents of this small town make up most of the workers at the facility. It used to be a prison for white collar crimes, but over time, more hardened
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Leah Hawkins was a woman who met freezing weather with warm clothes instead of complaints."

Weldonville, Colorado is a small town that is dying slowly until a proposed federal penitentiary is built on the outskirts. This provided local jobs during the construction and then local jobs when it opened. It was originally supposed to be a minimum security prison but over a few years it actually became a maximum security facility, holding the worst of the worst.

On July 19 there was a carefully
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-planned prison break costs guards and prison personnel their lives as it frees hundreds of violent prisoners. The twelve masterminds of the break-out head into Weldonville, Colorado where they set about destroying the town as they steal, murder, and rape with unconcerned abandon.

Two years later, the twelve have vanished, swallowed up by the places they’ve taken refuge, eluding the police and the FBI, living free.

Police Detective Lieutenant Leah Hawkins has promised herself that, if the
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Jack Reacher had been a woman, he would have been Leah Hawkins! This is the thriller/revenge novel that I have been waiting for, because it has a female superhero as the protagonist.

The author stirs us by an especially brutal setup by a group of convicts who orchestrate a jailbreak, and then demolish a town. Guards, residents and police are ruthlessly murdered. Women are raped, homes pillaged, a town destroyed.

It is then that Leah Hawkins, totally alone plots revenge on the 12 leaders. Oh,
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thomas Perry is very skilled at writing novels that involve cat-and-mouse chases between hunters and runners. The set up in this one is interesting, the chase itself described efficiently, and the ending somewhat hurried, but the plotting decisions make sense. What it lacks that "The Burglar" had (and most of the Jane Whitefield novels) is a sense of dread. Terrible things happen, but the absolute unknown evil that propels the other novels isn't present. Evil, yes; dread, no.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miscellaneous
I have always been a fan of Thomas Perry so I was pleased when Net Galley offered an advance copy of Perry's most recent book. I didn't think it measured up to the previous titles of his I enjoyed. There's no mystery. We know the why, how, what and where of the bad guys and the same for the heroine who would appear to have almost superwoman capabilities.

Leah, the police lieutenant, "hired" (it's all supposed to be off the books) is given virtually unlimited funds (which she spends wisely, mind
Randal White
This was the first of the author's books that I have read. I found the book to be easily readable, however highly unrealistic. The premise of the book is that twelve inmates take over a federal prison, release the entire inmate population, rape and pillage their way through a local town, and then disappear into the night. The main character, a former police officer, is hired by the city council to go rogue and track down, and eliminate, the twelve main escapees.
First. I am a retired Federal
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a fast-paced action-packed airport thriller with lots of violence, this is the thriller for you. The book is a mix of the show Prison Break and a female Jack Reacher type character. Recommended if you are looking for this kind of book.
Thanks to NetGalley, Grove Atlantic Mysterious Press, and the author Thomas Perry for an advanced digital review copy. This book will be published January 17, 2020. Mystery & Thriller
Thomas Perry is firmly ensconced on my must-read list. He is within hailing distance of completing his fourth decade of writing solid and memorable crime and suspense novels, each of which are sterling examples of how the job gets done. Somehow he finds something new to write about on an annual basis and, at the close of 2019, has presented us with A SMALL TOWN, a satisfying novel of the manifestation of evil deeds and resultant revenge.

The book opens a couple of years in the story’s past in the
Shawna Borman
Dec 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Howdy, howdy! Merry Christmas to all who celebrate and happy holidays to those who celebrate something else! I hope everyone has a pleasant day full of love and good food. Dad’s making a lasagna for us. It’s okay. You can be jealous. Anyway, it’s the last Wednesday of the month, so that means it’s book review time. When I requested this month’s book, I thought it was a mystery based on the description, but I really don’t know what category it falls into. It’s called A Small Town by Thomas Perry. ...more
Donna Hines
Round Em Up' and Take Em OUT!
Wow! Super Cop is here to stay and she ain't playin' boys!
If you like action you got it up till the last chapter here.
The suspense is rocking with prison break outs and well orchestrated hiding techniques that get blown up in society both literally and figuratively.
If you like FBI thrills and chills that play out perfectly you got a wee bit of that blended in too.
However, because it fell short near the end I couldn't give it a full 4 stars even though my heart was in
Ralph Blackburn
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Small Town by Thomas Perry- A huge prison break in a small Colorado town, Weldonville, devastates the population and nearly kills the town. Hundreds of prisoners are at large and the twelve men who orchestrated this break-out are away clean- or so they think. After most of the clueless escapees are rounded up and the people of the town try their best to recover, someone steps up and suggests a plan of action. Homicide Police Detective Leah Hawkins wants to take a sabbatical. The Mayor and City ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, kindle
I used to really enjoy Thomas Perry books, but this one just requires too much suspension of reality. The FBI can't track down the criminals but a lone, small town sheriff can? Sure, ok.
Diane Saul
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A mass prison break creates havoc and destroys a small town. The 12 ring leaders are still free 12 years later. The FBI has transferred resources to other more current cases.
Now the town council has decided to fund a local police officer to try and hunt the 12 men down. There is plenty of suspense in this book and a lot of violence. You do have to suspend reality a bit to believe a single person could track down these men when the FBI couldn’t. Despite that I enjoyed the book. Thank you to net
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clearly rates 5 Stars for me. Has the usual & clever plot that I have come to expect from Thomas Perry. A true domestic thriller with no foreign agents, either Russian or Ukrainian.
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Thomas Perry is the author of 25 novels. He was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and as a writer and producer of prime time network television shows.
He lives in

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