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The Cutie Lib/E Audio CD – CD, 3 March 2009

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Product details

  • ISBN-10 : 0792759974
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0792759973
  • Publisher : Blackstone Publishing (3 March 2009)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 32 ratings

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Review

This dandy little thriller was first published in 1960 as The Mercenaries, and it's Westlake at his best. Like the majority of his crime dramas, The Cutie takes place in New York City, a territory Westlake was highly familiar with and used to color his stories with deft, literary strokes...The plot is straightforward and moves at a good clip, allowing readers ample opportunity to collect the clues along with Clay and in the end come to the logical, well set up denouement. Westlake's characters all come to life quickly in short, skillful paragraphs, and he cleverly layers their personalities with every-day moral issues. Clay is not a mindless thug. He's an intelligent guy; yet he willfully chose a career of crime. Was it the right choice? By the last chapter of this book, his reassessment brings forth some startling revelations that end the book on the perfect pitch note.

-- "PulpFictionReviews.com"

Narrator Thorne brings a youthful confidence to the part. But, it's still strange how Clay is really a cold blooded and murderous thug - Westlake gives him an excellent backstory...The Cutie is fully utterly engaging...[with] Westlake's masterful storytelling. The Cutie is a gritty, fast paced, and well plotted murder mystery with a highly unusual criminal/detective lead.

-- "SFFaudio.com"

George 'Clay' Clayton is a self-described 'nanny' for a New York City crime syndicate. His duties involve 'putting the kiddies in line' and occasionally arranging an 'accident.' And when some smart aleck commits a murder, bringing the organization too much attention from the law, it's Clay's job to track down that 'cutie.' Stephen Thorne delivers the noir-style dialogue at a gutsy pace, though in his excitement he occasionally overdoes the tough-guy shtick. Thorne understands the topsy-turvy nature of the story, with criminals in the roles of detectives, and gets the listener to sympathize with the plight of the villains. The Cutie is a crafty little crime story, and Thorne ensures that it's a suspenseful, speedy listen.

-- "AudioFile"

About the Author

Richard Stark (1933-2008), wrote dozens of novels under his own name and a rainbow of other pseudonyms. Many of his books have been adapted for film, most notably The Hunter, which became the 1967 noir Point Blank and the 1999 smash Payback.



Stephen R. Thorne, winner of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration, is a professional actor and member of the resident acting company at Providence's esteemed Trinity Repertory Company, where he has played Hamlet, Henry V, and Tom Joad.