Paul Levine's thriller follows lawyer Jimmy "Royal" Payne as he flees painful memories as well as angry men looking to inflict real physical pain. Bad luck and poor decisions have led him to this dark place when he meets Tino Perez, a 12-year-old Mexican illegal immigrant whose mother has gone missing while crossing the border. To help young Tino, Payne must enter a world of human trafficking, rape, and murder in this hard-boiled edge-of-your-seat audiobook. Chris Ciulla lends the story a hard and fast performance with a touch of cynicism that Royal wears like badge. This is a modern thriller whose sordid backdrop is described in great detail and which you won't want to pause.
Trial lawyer Jimmy "Royal" Payne was his own worst enemy - until now. Haunted by personal tragedy and wanted by the cops, Payne needs to skip town. What he doesn't need is Tino Perez, a gutsy twelve-year-old Mexican boy in search of his missing - and undocumented - mother. But Payne's ex-wife, an L.A.P.D. detective he still loves, makes him a deal: help the boy or go to jail. Soon Payne is following Tino into the darker side of the American dream. From bloody Mexicali to the bullet-ridden San Joaquin Valley, Payne is be swept into the dark current of illegal immigration, human trafficking, and sexual slavery - all the while, navigating the twisted border between justice and revenge.
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I thought the moment I heard the Southern American accent used by Chris Ciulla, I was not going to enjoy this book - I do not like the Southern American accent at all it is normally very difficult to understand (as I suspect many UK accents are). However, the reading of this well crafted story was brilliant. It was not over dramatic but managed to purvey the highs and lows very well. The story of a rouge lawyer, who really gets away with more than is believable, but finds himself caught up in the conflicting desire to kill the man who was the cause of his son's death and caring for a Mexican child who is separated from his mother on crossing the border to the US. It did bring home to me the horror of these poor migrants and the misuse of them. A good book
"Great opening chapters; very vivid characters!"
There is a lot to like about Illegal. The book starts off with a great scene and the characters are vivid. Although the protagonist is a lawyer, the novel is really an action thriller rather than a legal thriller. One the negative side the novel gets repetitive and boring in the middle chapters of the book; nevertheless, based on the strength of the opening and closing chapters Illegal earns a solid 4 star rating.
"Nice Legal Thriller"
Yeah, I think so. The narrator did a great job with the tension, the situations, and the different people. It added a lot to the story, where your imagination may not take you there otherwise.
Yes. I didn't know what the outcome was going to be for Tino, for Jimmy, Marisol, etc. It had a really good mix of suspense and violence. Paul Levine is a good author.
Loved Jimmy Payne as the lead. Also liked Chitwood, and Simeon Rutledge.
Sad story about human trafficking and a scumbag rancher. But it's fiction. I'm cool with it.
"Great listen and what an intense ride"
Jimmy Payne. The intensity and cadence in the narrator's voice really portrayed Jimmy's internal straggle.
He was completely dialed in to the performance. You could get on board with the listen because the narrator was so passionate.
No it was too long, but sad to end each session.
I look forward to more work from the narrator.
"A Great first book to listen to on Audible"
Tino. I grew to love his responses to situations.
I couldn't believe it was just him. I felt like there were many different people performing this story for me.
The ending made me cry because I got so invested in the relationship between Tino and his mother.
"Not one of the best stories, but not terrible"
It was okay. It didn't have the same wit and humor as Jake Lassiter and Solomon & Lord books, and the pace was a lot slower.
of course, I've enjoyed several of his books.
He would be a great narrator for one of those crime shows on Investigation Discovery.
probably Timonthy Olyphant as Payne...Mirielle Enos as his estranged wife....Ian McShane as Rutledge...not sure on the others.
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