Michael Kramer is the reader you want for tough-guy noir, and this is an excellent species in the genre. His coarse, unemotional voice never lets the hero down, and Kramer is good with nuance in support players, especially women.
Nic Pizzolatto is a great writer. His images linger long after Kramer utters them. Characters are deep as wells, even the briefly met.
My only problem, and it might just be my problem, is that I had a really tough time following the narrative, which skips around. What happened, I constantly asked myself, pushing the backwards button.
I prefer my crime stories laid out, head to toe-tag, like bodies in a morgue, not the knee, then the head, then somebody else's head, then the body up and moving, before demise.
Good writing, with nuance in the character details and real humor. Plot well-crafted, and narrator wonderful. It's worth listening to in a pinch, with the only problem being, it never lifts off into gripping. I was always aware I was listening to someone's writing, rather than being absorbed in the story itself. I was stuck at the window pane, instead of being able to see through the window.
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
In that Diamond is so unlikeable that he becomes likeable. I enjoyed the story, loved the narration and will read more Diamond stories.