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The Death and Life of Bobby Z

(1997)
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When longtime loser Tim Kearney kills a Hell's Angel, it's his third strike. Life without parole follows. But with Angels in every prison, it looks to be a pretty short life. That's when the DEA makes an offer. It seems they've promised to deliver the legendary drug lord Bobby Z to Don Huertero, northern Mexico's drug kingpin, in exchange for a DEA agent. The fact that Z is dead might present a problem, except that Kearney bears an uncanny resemblance to him. All they want is for Kearney to impersonate Bobby Z: they think that with a little training, a little instruction, he might pass. Or he might not. But, really, what choice does Tim have? So he's launched into Bobby Z's life - rarefied and luxurious just until it becomes chaotic and hair-raising. Don Huertero wants Bobby Z alive, but only so he can have the pleasure of killing him. Add to that the surprise appearance of Bobby's mysteriously lethal girlfriend and his six-year-old son, and Tim has more of Bobby's life than even the DEA bargained for. Now, suddenly, Tim is running for his life - from drug dealers, henchmen, bikers, Indians and cops, all chasing him down across southern California's deserts and mountains straight to the dead-end edge of the ocean. Some of his pursuers want Bobby Z, but some of them want the considerably less legendary Tim K, who's beginning to realize that he'd better become legendary if he's going to keep the girl, save the kid and stay alive in the process. All of which he might manage to do if he can just stop being Tim Kearney...

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"It has whiplash speed, deliciously sleazoid characters, and a major attitude problem. What a blast." - Carl Hiaasen


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Hardback Editions

December 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Death and Life of Bobby Z
Author(s): Don Winslow
ISBN: 0-517-28895-8 / 978-0-517-28895-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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April 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Death and Life of Bobby Z
Author(s): Don Winslow
ISBN: 0-679-45429-2 / 978-0-679-45429-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

June 2012 : USA Paperback

Title: The Death & Life of Bobby Z (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Author(s): Don Winslow
ISBN: 0-307-38751-8 / 978-0-307-38751-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Death and Life of Bobby Z
Author(s): Don Winslow
ISBN: 0-307-27534-5 / 978-0-307-27534-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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January 1998 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Death and Life of Bobby Z
Author(s): Don Winslow
ISBN: 0-8041-1610-5 / 978-0-8041-1610-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ivy Books
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March 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Death and Life of Bobby Z
Author(s): Don Winslow
ISBN: 0-09-922842-4 / 978-0-09-922842-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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March 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Death and Life of Bobby Z
Author(s): Don Winslow
ISBN: 0-7126-7754-2 / 978-0-7126-7754-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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Audio Editions

February 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Death and Life of Bobby Z
Author(s): Don Winslow
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Death and Life of Bobby Z
Author(s): Don Winslow
Publisher: Random House Audio
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April 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Death and Life of Bobby Z: A novel
Author(s): Don Winslow
ISBN: 0-679-46014-4 / 978-0-679-46014-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Death And Life Of Bobby Z
Author(s): Don Winslow
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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August 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Death and Life of Bobby Z
Author(s): Don Winslow
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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