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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Now, this is a ripper of a read and in more respects than one. Take the concept on which the plot of The Last Getaway by Clay Savage is based: two different groups of thieves decide to hit the same bank on the same day at the same time! What a unique and intriguing idea. Then there are the two protagonists, one black, one white. These are the two guys who survive the botched-up heists because they were the getaway drivers for each group...and get away they do...with a most unlikely haul. But what each sees as their ticket to a happy future turns into a nightmare for both of them when they decide to join forces. With cops and the FBI trying to locate those who got away and recover the stolen property, the two hapless thieves, Calvin and Ritchie, not only have the law on their tails but also bikers and gangsters. It’s enough to make anyone contemplating the quick but illegal way to riches think again when, by the end of the novel, they are lucky to be alive.
While the convoluted plot full of unexpected turns qualifies The Last Getaway as “a ripper of a read”, one comes away from this with much more than an exciting story. Through Calvin and Ritchie, the author touches on numerous social issues like the differences in social class and the misunderstandings generated by racism. Clay Savage also explores human and family values through Calvin, who comes to realize that no amount of riches is more important than his wife and son. He also points a disapproving finger at fathers who value their authority more than their children. Bottom line: readers come away from The Last Getaway feeling good after having enjoyed a riveting, well-written book that leaves them thinking about more than what happened. It’s the concluding events that let us understand the significance of the title. Just why is this novel primarily about the “last” getaway? Read the novel and find out!