• The Low Desert

  • Gangster Stories
  • By: Tod Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Raymond Carver meets Elmore Leonard in this extraordinary collection of contemporary crime writing set in the critically acclaimed Gangsterland universe, a series called "gloriously original" by the New York Times Book Review.

With gimlet-eyed cool and razor-sharp wit, these spare, stylish stories from a master of modern-crime fiction assemble a world of gangsters and con men, of do-gooders breaking bad and those caught in the crossfire. The uncle of an FBI agent spends his life as sheriff in different cities, living too close to the violent acts of men; a cocktail waitress moves through several desert towns trying to escape the unexplainable loss of an adopted daughter; a drug dealer with a penchant for karaoke meets a talkative lawyer and a silent clown in a Palm Springs bar.

Witty, brutal, and fast-paced, these stories expand upon the saga of Chicago hitman-turned-Vegas-rabbi Sal Cupertine - first introduced in Gangsterland and continued in Gangster Nation - while revealing how the line between good and bad is often a mirage.

©2021 Tod Goldberg (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Best Book I have listened to this year .

This is a great read. Tod Goldberg spins some compelling tales. The Narration is spot on.
Rabbi Cohen even makes a appearance.

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Treat yourself to all three

Clever, literary, entertaining (though often violent) stories narrated very well by Johnny Heller. Several connect directly to Goldberg’s Gangsterland and Gangster Nation characters and story lines, so you’ll definitely enjoy these more if you’ve heard those first. Also, be sure to listen to the stories in order, as the fates of a few characters evolve over time.

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excellent

superb short gangster fiction and outstanding narrator. will be looking for more by author and narrator.

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Depressed? Don't read this book

Johnny has voice isn't quite as bad as his later work, And it kind of fit in with some of the stories , Except that the guy sounds like he's 70 years old and he's about ready to die. That' needs to run through some Dolby C ?
The story yeah Most of more depressing is hell I wish I had an a read this I will tell you don't read it bless you like morbid Loser story.

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Enthralling

This collection adds to the mythos of the previous books, giving us bonus insight to some of the previous characters not named Cupertine. I was sad when I came to the end.