“Starring a fiercely loving, reluctant criminal and a girl of grit and wonder, Tinti has forged a breathtaking novel of violence and tenderness.”



Just finished The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. This is a terrific book, the story of a career criminal who is trying to raise his young daughter on his own after the death of the mother while the daughter was a new baby I would not be giving anything away by telling you the 12 lives represent the 12 times Samuel Hawley has been shot.

The story goes back and forth between telling about each time Hawley was shot and leaping forward to the present and the problems he faces raising his child. Eventually both stories come together for the finale.

At times gut wrenching, sad and uplifting the book never fails to deliver a well told tale about life and death and the things a person must do when their back is to the wall and the protection of a loved one is a matter of life and death.

Highly recommended


Reviewed by:

Richard Franco

Added 24th June 2017

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