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Life or Death by Michael Robotham

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Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2015.

Everybody wants to find Audie, but he's not running. Instead he's trying to save a life ...and not just his own....

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Start reading Life or Death, and you’ll want to stay curled up in an armchair with one of the best thrillers you’ll read this year. An armed robbery leaves four people dead and $7 million stolen money unaccounted for. Audie Palmer is sentenced to ten years in prison, which for him is a decade of hell: he is brutalised, stabbed and threatened by both prison guards and inmates to get him to reveal the whereabouts of the missing money. But on the day before his release, Palmer vanishes. Many people are on his tail, but his mind is on something other than the money – he is trying to save someone’s life, even at the cost of his own. These days, Robotham is celebrated as a crime writer, after years as a ghost writer; his second career, the criminal one, showed that his previous pseudonymous efforts barely scratched the surface of his considerable skills.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

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Life or Death by Michael Robotham

Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released? Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of his gang. Five million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is. For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by fellow inmates and prison guards, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released. Everybody wants to find Audie, but he's not running. Instead he's trying to save a life ...and not just his own.


One of the best thrillers you will read this year Financial Times Superbly exciting thriller... Beautifully written and full of poignancy Sunday Mirror Damn near perfect Weekend Sport Highly a preface Robotham tells us this is 'the book that I was MEANT to write'. He could be right Literary Review Life or Death is a nerve-shredding thriller with the heart and soul so often missing from lesser crime and suspense novels. I couldn't stop reading, yet I didn't want Audie's story to end. Robotham is an absolute master. Stephen King

About the Author

Michael Robotham

Before writing full-time Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist in Britain, Australia and the US. He is the pseudonymous author of 10 best-selling non-fiction titles, involving prominent figures in the military, the arts, sport and science. He lives in Sydney with his wife and 3 daughters.

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30th November 1999


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