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Clean Break Free download ´ 102 Ñ Johnny Clay an ex con determined to strike it rich has worked out a fool proof scheme to knock off a racetrack payroll The two million bucks should be enough to last him a lifetime or two But a two faced dame has another idea Let Johnny do the work then she'll grab the swag for herself and her boyfriendJohnny Clay an ex con determined to strike it rich has worked out a fool proof scheme to knock off a. Johnny Clay had spent four long years in the joint four long years plotting the best crime ever imagined It was going to be foolproof He wasn't going to recruit a bunch of hoods who would turn on him and sueal No he was going to get a bunch of ordinary guys who had every reason to pull the caper off and get away clean They all have jobs they all live seemingly decent normal lives But they all have money problems and they all have larceny in them Johnny was but one of a crew of absolutely unforgettable characters White created in this book Four years hadn't changed Johnny much There was now the slightest of gray over his ears but his gray eyes were as clear and untroubled as they had always been The time behind bars hadn't soured him but he now had a serious undercurrent to him which hadn't been there before and a sort of grim purposefulness which he had always lacked Marvin Unger was a court stenographer He had connections and information He had a bank account Johnny had found him when he was looking around for a guy with a respectable front who had a little larceny in his heart and who might back the play Big Mike Henty was a bartender at the track He was an inveterate gambler and in spite of endless years of consistently losing than half of his weekly pay check on the horses he still had a great deal of difficulty where he stood at the close of the last race He had no mind for figures at all Big Mike was a moral and straight laced man in spite of a weakness for playing the horses and an even greater weakness for over excess in eating He wanted desperately to get his family out of the crappy neighborhood they lived in and have his daughter safely ensconsed in a suburban school district George Peatty was thirty eight gaunt nervous and looked his age He had crooked suirrel like teeth and long fingered hands of a pianist His clothes were conservative both as to line and as to price After two years of marriage he still spent most of his idle time thinking of his wife He did know however that she was bored and disenchanted and that somewhere along the way he had failed as a husband and as a man But that was because of luck and fate which consigned him to his limited earning capacity as a cashier at the racetrack Officer Randy Kennan was heavily indebted to Leo Steiner to the tune of nearly three grand and he didn't have the dough to pay even the vig on the loan Johnny also figured to hire three guys who weren't in on the deal as distractions at the track while the hold up went on What could go wrong What indeed If you are at all familiar with hardboiled pulp from the fifties you know that there is always a woman to blame or uite often at least Sherry Peatty had long theatrical lashes half closed over her smoldering eyes and her body was small beautifully molded deceptively soft and she moved with the grace of a cat At twenty four Sherry Peatty was a woman who positively exuded There was a velvet texture to her dark olive skin her face was almost Slavic in contour and she affected a tight short hair cut which went far to set off the loveliness of her small pert face She was tired of the dump they lived in and not having any money When Johnny got a load of her he wondered how Peatty had rated anything this pretty But he soon realized that she was a tramp that she was wide open and anybody could take a crack at her A tramp A goddamned tramp A pushover That was the trouble She was beautiful She was a bum And Sherry had someone on the side a bad guy Val Cannon who intrigued her because he dressed expensively but never told her what he did for a living She took it for granted that he was mixed up in some sort of racket or other Hopefully George didn't blab to Sherry and Sherry didn't blab to Val cause then there would be trouble White writes like a consummate professional The story is compelling as it unfolds piece by piece Johnny has this job planned out to the T and nothing could possibly go wrong This is one terrific top notch piece of hardboiled fiction There are few who can write as well as White and do it so effortlessly creating such unforgettable characters and such a tightly woven plot Five stars

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D dame has another idea Let Johnny do the work then she'll grab the swag for herself and her boyfrien. Lionel White is not a great WRITER his prose style is merely serviceable and at times inelegant but he is one hell of a STORYTELLER THE KILLING originally titled CLEAN BREAK retitled after Kubrick's film adaptation details a brilliantly audacious heist robbing a racetrack of all its winnings during the main event Through a wide variety of characters and subtly shifting perspectives White keeps the reader on the edge of the seat right through to the violent finish I have to imagine this book was a huge influence on Donald Westlake's Richard Stark's meticulously plotted Parker series as well as John Godey's brilliant THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE In fact probably just about every heist narrative since THE KILLING probably owes something to it whether it realizes it or not

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Clean BreakRacetrack payroll The two million bucks should be enough to last him a lifetime or two But a two face. This audibobook was courtesty in exchange for an honest reviewListening to The Killing originally titled Clean Break is like listening to a fantastic crime noir movie from the 1940’s It was written in 1955 by Lionel White and made into a film titled The Killing by Stanley Kubrick in 1956 I have never seen the film and probably will not It cannot possibly top the audiobookThe Killing takes place in New York City and on Long Island It is a heist novel meaning a huge robbery is central to the story There are several characters who could be considered the main character because of the parts they play but I feel Johnny Clay is it Johnny has spent the last four years in jail planning the perfect heist Not only does he have the perfect plan but he has the perfect crew to pull it off Johnny’s crew is made up of non criminals The beauty of his plan is that no one should be an immediate suspect by the police Even Johnny himself has not a record that would make him a usual suspect for that type of crimeThe heist is to rob the cashier’s office at the track immediately after the start of the biggest race of the year but right before the armoured truck shows up to collect the expected 15 to 2 millions dollars Everything must go off exactly at the time planned and every man must do his job exactly as planned This is Mission Impossible with a clock and silencer on a rifle as the high tech If it works they split the money each about a half million each If it doesn’t Johnny is probably the only one caught and sent to jailJohnny’s gang consists ofBig Mike a bartender at the track clubhouseGeorge Peatty a cashier at trackRandy Kennan a cop with a need for cash to pay off loan sharksMarvin Unger a court stenographerMarvin is the respectable man who has never done anything wrong He gives Johnny a place to live and hold the planning meetings He also fronts the money needed to pay off individuals and buy weapons Johnny’s motivation is his girlfriend Fay Fay waited for him while he was in prison His plan is to pull this one job and then for he and Fay to leave the country and start living the good lifeAll of this is going great until Sherry Peatty George’s wife finds a ticket stub with an address and time written on it in his jacket pocket She suspects he is up to something based on his recent behavior George is a poor soul who thinks he has somehow won the luck lottery by convincing beautiful Sherry to marry him two years ago Actually in the vernacular of the time Sherry is a tramp looking for the easy life and lots of money George keeps a roof over her head and all she has to do is be “nice” to him when it suits her She uses her hold over him to find out the minimal details on the heist She then goes to visit Val her boyfriend Val is a gangster who drives a Cadillac and has a real gang of hardened criminals at his disposal He and Sherry plan to get the details of the heist let Johnny do the work and then rob the robbersMike Dennis’s narration is first rate He has a wonderful voice in just doing the descriptions When it gets to the characters speaking his talent really shines Listen to the gravely voice of Randy the cop which conveys his large size Marvin truly sounds like a fussy little man who alternates drooling over the thought of the money and regretting he ever got involved Mr Dennis brings all of those emotions out in his narration The accents are fantastic His command of the different shades of a New York City accent is incredibleThe novel does a great job of introducing each character and their motivation to join the heist or try to get it for themselves The language is full of 1950’s slang It really is addictive I found myself listening every chance I got Would they get away with it Who would end up with the money