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Publisher's Summary

On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard's only daughter - one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island - has gone missing. Tending the warden's greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl's whereabouts and that both of their lives depend on the search's outcome.

Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world.

Skillfully weaving these two stories, Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to the San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell - and believe - in order to survive.

©2015 Kristina McMorris (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The story will grab your heart on page one and won't let go until the end - and if you're like me, not even then." (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants)

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A SURPRIZE!

I thought this would just be a light listen after LIVING in Kate Morton's last WONDERFUL book.
This story pulls you in from the beginning & just get better & better. Is it one of those everything works out in the end stories? For the most part yes! Who wants to read a book that is full of unresolved tragedy? I admit, though, I was not expecting the end! I actually laughed out loud!
The narrator nailed the Irish, Italian, and New York accents. Don't pass this one by.

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Compelling orphan story spanning over 30 years.

The Edge of Lost is a compelling novel of one young orphan's struggle in search of family. The story spans decades, starting with the Great War, the Prohibition era, and ending before WWII. It also spans two continents, starting in Dublin, Ireland with a large portion set in New York and on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.

What I loved most about this story is the main character. He is always true to himself. Faced with extraordinary life experiences and several terrible circumstances, he never loses hope and forges ahead. He is a kind hearted soul and grows up to be a good natured man.

The writing is amazing as it has a way of sucking you in and won't let you go until you finish listening to it. Plus you can't stop thinking about it!!! After several surprising turns, the story comes full circle (I love books that do this!). The Edge of Lost concludes in Ireland with hope, friendship, and new beginnings - and most importantly, family.

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An incredible story.

This was a most engaging story. I have been ill and could not sleep so decided to listen instead of reading it. The characters are so well developed, I felt I knew them personally. The setting was well researched and I was transported to that time. Finally the narration by Charlie Thurston was excellent. He had different voices for each speaker and was a master of Italian, Irish and American accents. It was seamlessly done. It was quite a long book, but worth the time.

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You must listen

I loved this book!!! I didn't want it to end! I definitely recommend it.
It's not your typical book where you can guess what will happen next. I was pleasantly surprised with each twist of the plot.

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1920s-1940s Era Irish Lad's School of Hard Knocks

Tagging along with his uncle to Irish pubs, young orphan, Shanley Keagan learns at a young age how to take his licks . . . and live by his wits . . . he dreams of finding his real father in America, after his mother's death . . . and as luck would have it, one of his uncle's friends convinces him that they would pay big money in the states to see young Shan perform his vaudeville act . . . they board a ship headed for the US . . . then upon departure, Shan cannot rouse his uncle . . . desperate to enter Ellis Island, he and fellow passenger, Nick Capello devise a scheme that just might work . . . from Dublin, to New York, to Leavenworth to San Francisco, Shan continues a wild journey . . . a story that will stay with me for a while . . . portraying the struggles of Irish immigrants in a way that few other books have, and ultimately revealing a heart of gold beneath a strength of determination, Shanley Keagan, rose above his circumstances . . . this one is a keeper . . .

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Amazing!

Well written and well read, this is a book to savor, to enjoy. The narration allows you to be there, whether it is on the streets of Dublin or New York. I urge everyone to get this book!

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Must Read

I don't say that often, that it's a must read but this book gripped me until the end. I had my phone in my back pocket and if I had to stop playing it, I was anxious until I could start listening again!

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The edge of adulthood

C'mon, Audible - make a note when the book is really young adult! This is very simply written, with a predictable plot, and the narration is really cheesy. Waste of a credit.

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Compelling and entertaining historical thriller!

The Edge of Lost is a wonderful story that follows Shanley Keagan from his early Irish boyhood to a new family and a new name of Tommy Capello in New York. Then comes vaudeville and conviction for bank robbery(he's innocent), imprisonment in Kansas, and on to Alcatraz island prison in San Francisco Bay where he meets the abused 10 year old daughter of a prison guard who was taken from her mother. Then come the surprise twists. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Clichés and sloppy research

Based on the reviews, I was expecting a decent story but instead was rewarded with a smattering of Wikipedia research and 1930s movie cliches. everything about this novel could have been in a Shirley Temple movie or a Hardy Boys adventure . the prose was okay , but the lack of style didn't help the shallow characters at all. The resolution of the key plot point was particularly galling, requiring a massive suspension of disbelief. This book made me angry, taking my time and returning nothing in exchange.

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