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The Wrong Goodbye (Collector) [Mass Market Paperback]

Chris F. Holm
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Book Description

25 Sep 2012 Collector
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls.

Because of his efforts to avert the Apocalypse, Sam Thornton has been given a second chance - provided he can stick to the straight and narrow.

Which sounds all well and good, but when the soul Sam's sent to collect goes missing, Sam finds himself off the straight-and-narrow pretty quick.

Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot; Original edition (25 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085766221X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662217
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,920,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With a candid style that exhibits solid confidence and finesse, Chris Holm pulls readers in and pins us to the edge of our seats" - New York Journal of Books --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Chris Holm was born in Syracuse, New York, the grandson of a cop with a penchant for crime fiction. It was the year of punk rock and Star Wars, two influences that to this day hold more sway over him than perhaps his wife would like. His stories have appeared in a slew of publications, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Beat to a Pulp, and Thuglit. He has been an Anthony Award nominee, a Derringer Award finalist, and a Spinetingler Award winner. He lives on the coast of Maine with his wife and a noisy, noisy cat. When he's not writing, you can find him on his porch, annoying the neighbours with his guitar. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Retro pulp thrills 22 Sep 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Wrong Goodbye - written by Chris F Holm. Chris Holm comes with some serious pedigree as a short story writer. Nominated for the Anthony and Derringer Awards,winner of the Spinetingler in 2008, his stories have appeared in numerous on-line and print anthologies including The Best American Mystery Stories 2011. Now he's turned his hand to novels, and his first, Dead Harvest, was published earlier this year. It's mix of pulp thrills, noir stylings and supernatural intrigue helped it find an audience in fans across many genres. It was a fast, fun read, but believe me when i say it, The Wrong Goodbye is better.
The Dead Harvest introduced us to Sam Thornton, a good guy who had some bad luck and made some bad decisions ( can you feel the noir yet?), and ended up making a faustian bargain to keep his wife alive. That was many years ago, Sam and his wife have both died, and now he has to do the devil's bidding. He's a collector of souls, his spirit inhabiting the recently dead ( or meat-suits, as he calls them), as he hunts his mortal prey, the damned. It's a job that corrodes his soul, he's already got sixty years behind him, and he's got an eternity infront of him. Against the wishes of his masters, over the years Sam has secretly befriended some other collectors in an effort to keep some shred of humanity. In The Wrong Goodbye, this becomes his downfall.
Sam, Danny, and Ana had, at one time, been particularly close, but the strain of, out of necessity,having to keep their friendship secret eventually took it's toll and the three split, Sam going one way, Danny and Ana another. Now Sam is dragged back into their world when he is beaten to the soul of his next target. Danny has gotten their first and this is bad news.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another corker from Chris Holm... 7 Oct 2012
By Emmster TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I enjoyed this one every bit as much as the first (Dead Harvest). I think Chris Holm has created a great character in Sam Thornton, and gives more of the same world-weary, intelligent sleuthing from hell's most troublesome soul collector.

There's a swathe of new characters that stretch from happy-go-lucky Chicago gangster (recently collected) to nightmare-creature-from-your-wildest-nightmares. There's detailed description of how the denizens of hell spend their spare time and the merest sniff of a way out for those consigned to an eternity of soul collection.

If you've read and enjoyed Dead Harvest then don't hesitate - this is more of the same good stuff.

If you like the sound of strange, supernatural, noir'y (?) type fiction - then give this or Dead Harvest a bash.

On a secondary note: the cover image is incorrect (as of 8-Oct-2012) - I've uploaded a copy of the cover as taken from the Angry Robot website; it's their image, I make not claim that it is my own.
The only reason for doing it is that the covers are great and it's a shame to hide them away (or not show the correct one).
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Fast-paced, entertaining throughout. A thoroughly good read.

Could probably read without reading the predecessor first, but I think starting with the first book is worthwhile.

Our hero is a collector, tasked by hell to pick up the souls of the damned (which kills the people he takes the souls from). In the first book, he's sent to pick up a soul that, he thinks, may be innocent.

In this book, he arrives to pick up a damned soul to find that someone else got there first and stole it.

The rest of the novel is pure popcorn entertainment: chasing after leads, gumshoeing around, being chased by demons / the police / angels. It's a fast-paced, enjoyable, imaginative ride, and the tag-alongs and sidekicks are fun, too. Highly recommended light entertainment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but the first in the series was better 4 Dec 2012
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After the grand backdrop of a brewing war between heaven and hell in the first book this novel feels less exciting. A road trip with two possessed bodies seeking a rogue collector hellbent on destroying the world - I wanted more about the hero's backstory with his ex friend and now opponent. That said good characterisation and a decent pace made for an entertaining read. Not recommended if you have a problem with creepy crawlies!
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