Two Trains Running

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.02 hours)
Product Number: Z100012197
Released: Feb 05, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415953624
Narrator/s: Stephen Hoye
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Electrifying, compelling, and ultimately terrifying, Two Trains Running is a galvanizing evocation of that moment in our history when the violent forces that would determine America's future were just beginning to roil below the surface. Once a devastated mill town, by 1959 Locke City has established itself as a thriving center of vice tourism. The city is controlled by boss Royal Beaumont, who took it by force many years ago and has held it against all comers since. Now his domain is being threatened by an invading crime syndicate. But in a town where crime and politics are virtually indivisible, there are other players awaiting their turn onstage. Emmett Till's lynching has inflamed a nascent black revolutionary movement. A neo-Nazi organization is preparing for race war. Juvenile gangs are locked in a death struggle over useless pieces of "turf." And some shadowy group is supplying them all with weapons. With an IRA unit and a Mafia family also vying for local supremacy, it's no surprise that the whole town is under FBI surveillance. But that agency is being watched, too. Beaumont ups the ante by importing a hired killer, Walker Dett, a master tactician whose trademark is wholesale destruction. But there are a number of wild cards in this game, including Jimmy Procter, an investigative reporter whose tools include stealth, favor-trading, and blackmail, and Sherman Layne, the one clean Locke City cop, whose informants range from an obsessed "watcher" who patrols the edge of the forest, where cars park for only one reason, to the madam of the county's most expensive bordello. But Layne is guarding a secret of his own, one that could destroy more than his career. Even the most innocent are drawn into the ultimate-stakes game-like Tussy Chambers, the beautiful waitress whose mystically deep connection with Walker Dett might inadvertently ignite the whole combustible mix. In a stunning departure from his usual territory, Andrew Vachss gives us a masterful novel that is also an epic story of postwar America. Not since Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest has there been as searing a portrait of corruption in a small town. This is Vachss's most ambitious, innovative, and explosive work yet.

Author(s): Andrew Vachss
Original Publish Date: Feb 05, 2008

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Author(s): Andrew Vachss
Product Number EB00173354
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780375423772

Professional reviews

"Stephen Hoye's lilting narration, giving emphasis and color to every word, is cloying and affected--like the vocal stylings of a lounge singer. The pointless date/time stamps that start each of the book's many sections would be skippable in reading. On audio they're maddening. The persistent listener becomes inured to Hoye; it helps that he skillfully supplies a wide range of voices for hillbillies, Mafiosi, urban and Southern blacks, women, teenagers, plus the velvety-voiced protagonist, Walker Dett. If some of Hoye's interpretations are clichŽd, so is Vachss's dialogue. No narrator could rescue the long, dull sections of this flawed novel about gang wars and political machinations in the southern Midwest. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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