Winner of the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger
Nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel
Audie Palmer has spent ten years in a Texas prison after pleading guilty to a robbery in which four people died and seven million dollars went missing. During that time he has suffered repeated beatings, stabbings and threats by inmates and guards, all desperate to answer the same question: where’s the money?
On the day before Audie is due to be released, he suddenly vanishes. Now everybody is searching for him—the police, the FBI, gangsters and other powerful figures—but Audi isn’t running to save his own life. Instead, he’s trying to save someone else’s.
Michael Robotham has created the ultimate underdog hero, an honorable criminal shrouded in mystery and ready to lead readers on a remarkable chase.
Michael Robotham has been an investigative journalist in Britain, Australia and the US. One of world’s most acclaimed authors of thriller fiction, he lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.
“Life or Death is a nerve-shredding thriller with the heart and soul so often missing from lesser crime and suspense novels. I couldn’t stop reading, yet I didn’t want Audie’s story to end. Robotham is an absolute master.” —Stephen King
“I love this guy’s books. Try Life or Death and you’ll see why.” —Lee Child
“Remarkable . . . Fabulously revelatory . . . It has one of the great plots of the year. . . . We should celebrate it.” —Alan Cheuse, Dallas Morning News
“A pitch perfect plot with a stunning twist that involves a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Talk about topsy turvy— but it works—big time.” —Steve Berry, author of The Lincoln Myth and The Jefferson Key
“Robotham creates fascinating characters and gives them wonderful dialogue.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch