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The Kind One

The Kind One In the kill or be killed criminal underworld of s Los Angeles Two Gun Danny Landon has a distinct disadvantage According to the fellas he used to pull all kinds of shoot ups and shenanigansbut d

  • Title: The Kind One
  • Author: TomEpperson
  • ISBN: 9781594146176
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the kill or be killed criminal underworld of 1930s Los Angeles, Two Gun Danny Landon has a distinct disadvantage According to the fellas, he used to pull all kinds of shoot ups and shenanigansbut damned if he can t remember a thing from before last year, when he got hit over the head with a lead pipe Sadistic mobster Bud Seitzknown to friends and enemies alikeIn the kill or be killed criminal underworld of 1930s Los Angeles, Two Gun Danny Landon has a distinct disadvantage According to the fellas, he used to pull all kinds of shoot ups and shenanigansbut damned if he can t remember a thing from before last year, when he got hit over the head with a lead pipe Sadistic mobster Bud Seitz known to friends and enemies alike as The Kind One seems to have big plans for him, but truthfully, Danny can t stomach the dirty work His aim is off, the other wiseguys laugh at him, and he d gladly trade in the drunken parties and the endless broads for a day at the movies with his colorful and mysterious neighbor Dulwich and eleven year old Sophie, whose deadbeat mother delivers an endless stream of emotional and physical abuse But when Bud s beautiful girlfriend Darla begs Danny to help her escape the Kind One s dark, brutal world, Danny must confront a dangerous test of loyalty that could irrevocably change his future and his past forever.

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    1. I picked this novel up from a bargain table at Border's because the author, Tom Epperson, had co-written the script for One False Move, a movie that still haunts me to this day. According to the back of the book, this novel is "soon to be a major motion picture" but it's already quite cinematic . . . in a good way, not in a film script-y kind of way (where you hear the plot creaking).The setting is 1930's Los Angeles and the narrator is Danny "Two Gun" Landon, a former enforcer for a mob boss, B [...]

    2. Terrific read set in 1930's Los Angeles. Danny Landon (known in the criminal underworld as "Two Gun Danny") has been recovering for the past year from an attack that has left him without any of his former memories. He's returned to work for mobster Bud Seitz, known ironically as "The Kind One". But Danny no longer seems to have the stomach for the violence and fear that the others seem to revel in. Bud assigns Danny to bodyguard his newest girlfriend Darla, but things get complicated when Danny [...]

    3. I've been in a book rut lately. I tried this one on audio, and although it was narrated by Scott Brick - the best in the biz - this book fell short for me.Nice writing, but darned if anything was really going on. It's not a book that grabs you from the start, that's for sure. And while I'm a sucker for books where a character has amnesia, to the point where I stopped listening, I couldn't tell you what the main story line way. Sure, Danny was trying to piece together his life, sure there were ot [...]

    4. David Goodis meets Nathanael West in this story about an amnesiac in the employ of a Los Angeles crime boss who's trying to figure out if what everybody's telling him about his past is true-- and it's not all that certain that he's going to have much of a future, either.

    5. This was a slow but good listen. I don't know if I would have stuck with the book but it was worth listening to, for sure. I loved the voice of the narrator. His gangster lingo and Brooklyn accent made it a fun listen.

    6. "The Kind One" is an Edgar Nominee for the best 1st mystery novel. Fans of Raymond Chandler will enjoy this period novel, set in the 1930's in Los Angeles. It isn't so much a mystery as a novel of mobsters with Philip Marlowe type of dialogue. Danny Landon is working for a cold blooded mobster named Bud Seitz. Danny, aka, Two Gun Danny has amnesia from being hit on the head with a lead pipe. Bud asks Danny to act as bodyguard for his mistress, Darla. As the novel begins there is an uncomfortable [...]

    7. Recently I've been having trouble sticking with a book. I get to page 26 and fall asleep, or decide I'd rather be doing laundry or watching reruns of "The X-Files." This book, however, broke the evil spell. I got right into it, immediately involved in the problems facing the narrator, Danny Landon. The plot is pretty predictable: I figured out the mystery in the first sixty pages.What's fascinating are the setting (1930 L.A.) and the characters gangsters, gun molls, torch singers, and the star-s [...]

    8. The Kind One, by Tom Epperson, b-plus, narrated byScott Brick, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audibleHere we meet Danny Landon in 1930’s Los Angeles. He had some kind of accident, he doesn’t know what, and it has caused him to lose his memory of the past, including his name. He is taken in by Bud Seitz, a vicious and sadistic mobster who for some reason has taken a liking to Danny. Danny thinks that what Bud tells him about who he is can’t be true because the other boys arou [...]

    9. In the kill-or-be-killed criminal underworld of 1930s Los Angeles, "Two Gun Danny" Landon has a distinct disadvantage. According to the fellas, he used to pull all kinds of shoot-ups and shenanigansbut damned if he can't remember a thing from before last year, when he got hit over the head with a lead pipe. Sadistic mobster Bud Seitz -- known to friends and enemies alike as "The Kind One" -- seems to have big plans for him, but truthfully, Danny can't stomach the dirty work. His aim is off, the [...]

    10. OK. I loved this book. I loved all the characters. A lot of things were very predictable (Darla at the end for one thing) but it still was good. Even if you knew what was going to happen next, you kinda hoped for it. I love Sophie, she's a tough little girl and my Fave character, of course, had to be the neighbor Mr. Dulwick. I usually don't read books like this but to be honest, it sounded OKAY but I also needed a K book for my ABC title challenge so I went out and brought it.I hear it is going [...]

    11. Entertaining Los Angeles noir circa 1930. Danny Landon works for a brutal mob boss, who treats him with uncharacteristic respect. Danny struggles to remember his life before he was beaten into amnesia with a lead pipe. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Danny isn't cut out for a life of crime. Great 30s ambiance, exciting action, but one weakness is a somewhat labored and unconvincing climax.

    12. This was a raw, stark read set in Hollywood of the 1930s amidst gangsters run by "the kind one". The main character, Danny, lost his memory but knows he had been one of the best shooters in the gang with the nickname"two gun Danny". He is an obvious favorite of the boss. For Danny, things don't measure up as he is horrified by the brutal lifestyle he is a part of. This book had great characters, a sad undertone and frequent bursts of violence. I found it a captivating but often difficult read.

    13. A "film noir" type book about a bunch of jewish gangsters in CA. The main character is a 20 something guy with a head injury and amnesia before 10 months earlier. The story is loosely about him remembering/finding out who he is. Very few likable characters and I found the story was a bit slow.

    14. This book is set in Los Angeles in the 1930s, and has the feel of the movie Chinatown, with gangs of mobsters who would kill you as soon as look at you. The hero is a bit of a different character, though. The reader is good, and the book holds you till the last.

    15. Tom Epperson's book is well-written and interesting, but unrelentingly bleak. I found myself permanently stalled about half-way through it, unwilling to read about the pain and disaster that were obviously ahead for most - if not all - of the characters.

    16. A potentially good book club read, I think! Here's what People says: "A dark thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1930s Los Angeles. Casey Affleck is set to star in the upcoming film." - plus it just went to paperback.

    17. Good Audio book. A film noir style which reads like a movie. Set in LA in the 30s. Great characters. Not the type of book I would generally pick up but really recommend the audio version.

    18. Classique dans sa construction et son style, L.A. Noir n'a ni l'ambition ni la maîtrise d'un Ellroy mais se lit très agréablement.

    19. This will remind you of L.A. Confidential in many ways but more from the gangster angle. It is a good story that has a good pace.

    20. I loved 'Danny', Dulwich and Sophie. The writing was nice to settle into and was believable; the characters were great to get to know.

    21. This is a perfect noir novel about gangsters in the 1930's. Murder, mayhem, love, mystery and a surprise ending. It has it all.

    22. Now THIS is noird it's wonderful LA noir, beautifully written, shiny-edged and harsh with a warm, molten center. This is great writing and a wonderful read.

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