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Life or Death  - Michael Robotham


Published: 29th July 2014
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Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released?

Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is.

For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released.

Everybody wants to find Audie, but he's not running. Instead he's trying to save a life . . . and not just his own.


Expected a lot and delivered little


As an avid reader of Michael Robotham I eagerly awaited his latest novel but this is certainly not reflective of his normal high standard. Novel lacked a credible plot, believable characters and appears to have been written for the US market. Has all the hallmarks of the typical American action packed pot boiler. A disappointing read

Salamander Bay, Australia


Not your usual suspense book, amust read


An original, unusual and great plot,this is my first book from this author and I'm addicted !!



Another page turner!


If you haven't started reading Michael Robotham yet, get started!!!

Maryborough, Qld


Robotham in a different light


Totally different book to his others I really enjoyed the change of pace and mode

Forster NSW


Absolutely brilliant


A well written story that you can't put down. Thoroughly recommend.

Penong, South Australia


Unusual storyline


This author never disappoints.

Melbourne, Au


Robotham's best book yet?


Not Michael's usual psycho style but even better. Reminded me of some of my favcourite Grisham books. I'm sure I'll read it again.

Snowy Mountains NSW


life and death twists


Another great book from one of my favorite authors. Easier to read but still with suspense round each turned page. Good mix of different life stories that twine together in a amazing way Highly recommend



Edge of the seat stuff!


Yet another superb work from the master of psychological crime fiction ion, Michael Rowbotham. Needless to say I found this book riveting and extremely visual. I have high expectations of this author and these were met. This book would adapt well to film.

Melbourne, AU


Life or Death

4.3 9


Never-lets-up suspense and beautiful writing - Stephen King

Non-stop action and incident - Daily Mail

Convincing characters, psychological expertise and a neatly-constructed plot . . . Robotham's story is all the more powerful for its understatement - Literary Review

Few British writers can ramp up the tension as skilfully as Robotham. A winner - Irish Independent

Michael Robotham

Born in Australia in November 1960, Michael Robotham grew up in small country towns that had more dogs than people and more flies than dogs. He escaped in 1979 and became a cadet journalist on an afternoon newspaper in Sydney.

For the next fourteen years he wrote for newspapers and magazines in Australia, Britain and America. As a senior feature writer for the UK's Mail on Sunday he was among the first people to view the letters and diaries of Czar Nicholas II and his wife Empress Alexandra, unearthed in the Moscow State Archives in 1991. He also gained access to Stalin's Hitler files, which had been missing for nearly fifty years until a cleaner stumbled upon a cardboard box that had been misplaced and misfiled.

In 1993 he quit journalism to become a ghostwriter, collaborating with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and showbusiness personalities to write their autobiographies. Twelve of these non-fiction titles were bestsellers with combined sales of more than 2 million copies.

His first novel The Suspect, a psychological thriller, was chosen by the world's largest consortium of book clubs as only the fifth International Book of the Month, making it the top recommendation to 28 million book club members in fifteen countries. It has been translated into twenty-two languages, including some he's barely heard of.

His second novel Lost won the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Book of the Year in 2005, given by the Australian Crime Writers Association. It was also shortlisted for the 2006 Barry Award for the BEST BRITISH NOVEL published in the US in 2005.

Michael's subsequent novels The Night Ferry and Shatter were both shortlisted for UK Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger in 2007 and 2008. Shatter was also shortlisted in the inaugural ITV3 Thriller Awards in the UK and for South Africa's Boeke Prize. In August 2008 Shatter won the Ned Kelly award for Australia's best crime novel. Bleed for Me, Michael's sixth novel, Bleed for Me was shortlisted for the 2010 Ned Kelly Award.

Michael can most often be found working in his 'pit of despair' (basement office) on Sydney's northern beaches where he funds the extravagant lifestyles of a wife and three daughters.

Visit Michael Robotham's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9780751552898
ISBN-10: 0751552895
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 29th July 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.4  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1