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The exile
Allan Folsom
Adult Fiction FOLSOM

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Folsom (The Day After Tomorrow) begins his epic-sized new thriller smashingly, as cops from an elite LAPD squad stake out a train to arrest a killer and find themselves up against the mysterious Raymond, who leads them a murderous dance through the streets of the city, massacres several of them and is then apparently killed himself in a climactic shootout. For its first 200 pages, this is high-octane thriller writing with an almost visceral impact. But already there are dark hints of plot troubles to come. Young up-and-coming cop John Barron, Raymond's nemesis, is found to have a beautiful sister mentally paralyzed by the shock of their parents' long-ago murder, and Raymond begins to receive mysterious phone calls from a sinister baroness talking about his destiny. These kitschy elements dominate the story as it moves over to Europe, Barron builds himself a new life in England with a sexy aristocrat, sister Rebecca emerges from her cocoon as a Princess Di-like figure and the murderous Raymond, now with a new identity, has a key role involving a major upheaval in world politics. Folsom still brings off some entertaining scenes, but the plot becomes so lumbering and improbable (wait till you find out who Rebecca's suave Latin lover is) that even a final burst of action at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg cannot bring back the excitement that launched the book. As for the utterly unprepared-for ending, it breaks at least a dozen popular fiction rules at once. Agent, Robert Gottlieb. (Aug. 17) Forecast: If only Folsom could've maintained the pace and drama of the book's first third, this would be a winner; as it is, word of mouth about the remainder of the overlong novel is likely to dampen reader enthusiasm. $250,000 marketing campaign. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

After a five-year hiatus, Folsom (Day of Confession) returns with another winner. Los Angeles police officer John Barron is the newest member of the elite 5-2 squad. On an undercover assignment to nab a notorious killer, he and his squad end up on a train heading for Los Angeles with the target clearly in sight. The events that unfold will force Barron to question his values and every other aspect of his life. To tell more would be a crime, but it's guaranteed that no savvy reader will be able to figure out the ending from reading just the beginning. Unexpected twists and catastrophe on a global scale make the story seem a little far-fetched at times, but that doesn't distract from the compelling narrative. Folsom should have another best seller on his hands. For all fiction collections.--Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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main characters John Barron
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Age: Young adult
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Youngest member of an elite LAPD unit.
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Rebecca
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John's sister; emotionally scarred by the murder of her parents years earlier.



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