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Amarillo (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Bill Durham

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In the Texas Panhandle town of Amarillo, New York attorney Max Friedman is assigned to represent a nightmare client. Joe Wagner is a violent man, dangerous both to family and friends. As Max builds his defense case for murder, he reveals a reason for Joe's violence. But is it a justification? The characters whom Max meets during the course of his investigation include Smith Dixon, a career criminal trying to change the course of his life; Carl Puente, a gambler desperate for a big score; Carl's brother-in-law Freddie Odom, a family man drowning in alcoholism; legendary police detective Champ Phillips; Angel, a pool hall owner who both frightens and attracts Max; and Bailey, a wolf-dog hybrid who is the bouncer at the pool hall.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 341 pages
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002HRF7RU
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22 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A new type of legal thriller 22 août 2010
Par hinducats - Publié sur
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As a lifelong mystery fan and author, I've noticed that there seem to be a few patterns that repeat themselves constantly. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; sometimes readers find comfort in the familiar. Bill Durham, however, has managed to shatter the patterns and yet create characters that seem like the people next door. Max Friedman, a disillusioned New York lawyer, is driving through the Panhandle of Texas trying to reach Phoenix. His car, however, has other plans. It falls to pieces, and Max's wallet is rather thin. So instead of going on to Phoenix, he tries to give Amarillo a try.

He settles down, rents an apartment, adopts two kittens and secures a law license. He becomes a regular at a local pool halls, makes some new friends, and falls in love with the owner, Angel. But some of Angel's other customers are desperate, broke, and in need of money - and they don't know how to get it. Eventually, the ringleader browbeats some of his fellow pool enthusiasts into ripping off a grocery store. In the aftermath, in an argument over money, one of them kills another.

Max is assigned to defend the man who murdered his cohort. The rest of the story involves some moving passages showing how the families of the surviving crooks coped. Max must create a reasonable defense for a nasty and unrepentant criminal, whom everyone knows is guilty. The story that unfolds is amazing - and unlike any other thriller that I've ever read. I recommend this book highly. - Mary Devlin, author of MURDER ON THE CANTERBURY PILGRIMAGE and THE LEGEND OF GOOD WOMEN
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great read - a great story, well-told 12 août 2010
Par Paul A. Pew - Publié sur
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With lots of heart, Durham tells a great story here. Characters I truly cared about, twists in the story line I did not see coming. By the time I was 100 pages in, it really mattered to me what was going to happen to these people. A fine read, highly recommended. Courtroom scenes as good as any I've read by anyone else, a quirky romance, colorful folks, and the wonderful irritations of Texas weather -- they're all here. Enjoy!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Better than Grisham's The Last Juror 3 janvier 2011
Par C. Legge - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Thanks to my friend Vicki, I've had the pleasure of devouring this book. I don't read often enough but have read these two books back to back, and I must say, I so much more enjoyed Durham's writing style than Grisham's. I LOVED reading Amarillo - every minute of it. I'm a Fort Worth girl now living in LA and I loved being taken back and forth from grinning at all the small town shenanigans (so well told) to the sick feeling of what might happen next. Durham's retelling of horses, riding, cowboy lingo, etc. is spot on, too. And lastly, I loved the accuracy with which the alcoholic's story was told. Love, love, loved it all!

Bill, hope you're writing the next one! I'll be looking for it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A MODERN WESTERN WITH AN OVERBITE 25 janvier 2013
Par Schuyler T Wallace - Publié sur
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"Amarillo" was free on my Kindle list and, because of the favorable ratings, I downloaded it. I'm glad I did because I enjoyed it. It started out poorly because some characters seemed too dim-witted to be believed. Their stupidity was disconcerting and I had trouble concentrating because of it. Then I realized I have known people like that in my lifetime and I was able to enjoy the rest of the book by assigning their names to some of my past acquaintances.

Are there really people who could pull off a notable robbery in a small city, turn around and blow large chunks of the loot the next day, and go undetected, even though they are shiftless and known to hang around together? It turns out that they didn't get away with it but not because of their mindlessness about staying below the radar. Another form of stupidity, uncontrolled dissension, did them in. That's all I'll say about the book theme.

A warning: The author, Bill Durham, uses vivid blue language and graphic sex scenes to punctuate his story. There's really no need for it because his writing skills would carry the day without all the explicit behavior. As I assign the characters' names to my acquaintances, some of whom are dedicated to bad language and bedroom heroics, I can't really say they carry on in the vivid manner described by Durham. And I'm no prude.

What Durham does in exemplary fashion is develop characters and scenes with clarity and realism. I suggest you keep a bottle of water nearby as you read to wash the dirt and grit of the Texas Panhandle from your gullet and wrap up against the blustery wind before the blistering heat bakes your brain. The author describes it all in glorious and true-to-life detail.

He is also talented in presenting dialogue. The reader can appreciate Texas colloquialisms, laconic drawls, redneck obscenity and grammar unique to New York City natives. Durham touches them all with authenticity. Some of the conversations seemed forced and a little too flowery but the tendency was easy to overlook in the wealth of the language generally portrayed.

The description of Angel and Max's early morning horseback ride through the country outside Amarillo was, I thought, a standout example of excellent writing. I also got to know Bailey, the half-wolf, with affection and admiration, although I suspect that an animal like that is highly unlikely to exist.

I recommend you get this book, read it, and try to assign the personalities in it to your acquaintances. It was fun for me and I suggest you will appreciate the skill used by Bill Durham in developing his characters.

Schuyler T Wallace
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 You owe it to yourself to read this book 5 janvier 2013
Par BRW - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
After one reading this book has become one of my favorites.

The plot is interesting, the characters are just plain fascinating, and the pace is excellent.

The technique of making the town a character was a great idea and works to tie everything together.

Recommended to all, any reader will enjoy this book.

All that said the main reason I wrote this is in the hopes that the author reads reviews and to implore him to continue writing, thank you for a wonderful book.
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