The Kind One

By Tom Epperson
Read by Scott Brick

10.80 Hours 01/13/2009 unabridged
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In 1930s Los Angeles, someone desperately wants to know who Danny Landon is. That someone is Danny Landon himself. His more intimate associates call him “Two Gun Danny,” but all the young man really knows about himself is that some terrible incident has erased his memory.  Danny’s boss is a mobster named Bud Seitz, a vicious, sadistic killer who’s been given the ironic nickname of “The Kind One.” According to Seitz, Danny’s amnesia is the result of being hit in the head with a lead pipe, but Danny’s not sure of anything. How can he be a gangster when he doesn’t feel like one? As Danny maneuvers through the corrupt, sun-drenched city, he uncovers terrible secrets and finds himself on a mission to liberate those he cares about.

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Summary

Summary

A 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

A 2009 Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel

In 1930s Los Angeles, someone desperately wants to know who Danny Landon is. That someone is Danny Landon himself. His more intimate associates call him “Two Gun Danny,” but all the young man really knows about himself is that some terrible incident has erased his memory. 

Danny’s boss is a mobster named Bud Seitz, a vicious, sadistic killer who’s been given the ironic nickname of “The Kind One.” According to Seitz, Danny’s amnesia is the result of being hit in the head with a lead pipe, but Danny’s not sure of anything. How can he be a gangster when he doesn’t feel like one?

As Danny maneuvers through the corrupt, sun-drenched city, he uncovers terrible secrets and finds himself on a mission to liberate those he cares about.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Tense, emotional, and unforgiving, Tom Epperson’s The Kind One is a beautifully written take on the dark Hollywood of the 30s—a perfect noir novel that is pure and original, with a heavy heart that beats through each page.” Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author
“Tom Epperson’s Depression-era Los Angeles is spot-on…With gangsters on the chase we race down the Sunset Strip, as bullets are flying and blondes are crying. Epperson knows how to write with philosophic compassion and kick-ass action. What a great read!” Steve Hodell, bestselling author of Black Dahlia Avenger
“On every page, the language is crisp and fresh, the details sharp and keenly observed, the dialogue real, never forced…The novel itself is of the highest caliber in its genre and makes the leap into literature, as do the best works in all genres.” Los Angeles Times
“Hard-biting noir…Epperson presents Landon’s inner turmoil plausibly and manages to throw in an occasional turn of phrase that Raymond Chandler might have penned…it’s an impressive debut and deserves to be followed by more.” Publishers Weekly
“Scott Brick brings the perfect tone to Epperson’s noir tale of mobsters, molls and murder in 1930s Los Angeles…Brick brings a subdued sense of melancholy to his portrayal of Layton, capturing the amnesiac’s conflict between what he thinks he knows and what he feels. Weaving world-weariness into each character’s voice, he brilliantly recreates the shadowy glamour of Depression-era Los Angeles.” Publishers Weekly (audio review)
“Scott Brick skillfully performs Tom Epperson’s novel, drawing the listener into a story of mystery and intrigue. Brick never disappoints as he makes these rich characters come to life. From the heroic Danny to a victimized child named Sophie, Brick gives everyone a voice.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Tom Epperson

Tom Epperson is the cowriter, with Billy Bob Thornton, of A Family Thing (starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones, nominated for the Humanitas Prize), One False Move (named as one of the year’s best films by a number of top critics), and The Gift (directed by Sam Raimi and starring Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves, and Hilary Swank). Epperson’s first book, The Kind One, was nominated for an Edgar and a Barry Award in 2009. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English