Life or Death

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Synopsis of Life or Death

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.

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Life or Death – Michael Robotham review

Audie Palmer is sentenced to 10 years in prison for the robbery of an armored vehicle resulting in death. The loot: seven million dollars that nobody knows where they are.

Audie escapes prison on the eve of his release. No one can make sense of it but everyone wants to find him. On the one hand, the authorities, who have the obligation of finding him. On the other hand, certain people that, from the beginning, you can tell that they want him more dead than alive.

So, if we think this through, the people who are actually guilty of the robbery are the ones who want to eliminate Palmer, because they’re looking for him so they can kill him, not to ask him about the money’s whereabouts.

I can’t say any more without spoiling the story.

Life or Death is well written and the narration is entertaining and very well connected.


Audie’s character is the most sincere of the book. Soon you realize that he’s a good person. What is not so clear is why he escapes when he does. After reading for a while you realize why he does it, but he’s still not only a pleasant character, but you also wish that whatever he’s trying to do goes well.

Among the other main characers Moss stands out, a prison mate. He has an important role in the story. From the beginning he related to Audie and he protected him as much as he could so he could survive the prison sentence. Also the FBI agent Desiree Furnes, who finds out what really happened during the robbery of the armored vehicle. I won’t talk about the bad guys so as not to ruin the intrigue.

Lastly, the most important character after Audie Palmer is Ray Valdez. You’ll find out why.

Nothing more to say without spoiling the intrigue. Even though I guessed very early on what had really happened I don’t want to spoil the story more than necessary.

To sum up, Life or Death is very a nice (nice, but also a bit sad) story with characters that fall heavily under stereotypes but that is pleasurable to read.

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Publisher: Roca Editorial, Sphere
Year 2014, 2017
ISBN 9781405530682

Language: English

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