Life or Death, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


The Shawshank Redemption meets No Country for Old Men in the breathtaking new novel from international bestseller Michael Robotham -- already receiving rave reviews, this is the most original, compelling thriller you'll read all year and winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2015. 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 the gang.

Seven 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 prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751552911



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Audie Palmer escapes from prison on the last day of his 10 year sentence. He was serving time for an armed robbery during which people died. He's keeping a promise but we don't find out what it is until towards the end of the book. The big question is why would you escape when you are just about to be released?Audie is a great character. He's resisted many attempts on his life in prison and is a calm person and I was really hoping things would turn out ok for him. We follow Audie as he escapes from prison and sets out to fulfil his promise. We learn more about his life through flashbacks and as the story progresses it all unfolds quite nicely. There are some great supporting characters, in particular the FBI agent, Desiree Furness, who I liked very much. This is a fast-paced thriller and my first by this author. I would definitely read more. A very well-plotted read, with a love story at its heart.

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