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Jane

Jane Chicago, IL, United States Member Since 2010
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  • "4 ½ stars. One of my favorites in ..."

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    partly because this has a neat relationship developing and changing.

    A teenage boy is neglected and mistreated by his parents. (They don’t deserve to have a kid.) I loved Spenser’s relationship with the boy and the changes that happened. I enjoyed the way Spenser got the parents to do something. And there is a neat ending.

    The narrator Michael Prichard was very good.

    This is book #7 in the Spenser series.

    Genre: PI mystery

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    Early Autumn

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    • By Robert B. Parker
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    A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.

    bebe says: "a very good Spencer novel"
  • "Very enjoyable. I like the author’..."

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    This is the first book in the Spenser series: a private eye mystery. Nothing unusual about the plot or method of solving the mystery, and some of the motivations and events might be a little weak. But I’m really enjoying the series. He makes me laugh at unexpected times. It’s not a lot of laughs - maybe once every other chapter. But it’s rare for an author to get a laugh out of me. So it’s worth it.

    The narrator Michael Prichard was very good.

    Genre: PI mystery

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    The Godwulf Manuscript

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    Spenser earned his degree in the school of hard knocks, so he is ready when a Boston university hires him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript. He is hardly surprised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his chest. The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up dead.

    William says: "Good start to a great series!"
  • "Great suspense. Great read."

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    A lot of killing. I was smiling a lot at the end.

    This is one of the best Parker books. It’s better if you read Slayground before this. This continues that story. This is sooo good. Great revenge! Parker takes on a local mob. They are no match for Parker. They are like children next to him.

    I was intrigued with a comment in the Forward by Lawrence Block. When Stark was writing the first Parker novel, Block asked Stark if he knew where the story was going. Stark said “Sort of. I’ll just keep writing and see where it goes.” That reminded me of Stephen King. King said something like he never knows his plot or ending in advance. He just starts with an inspiration. I think that’s a great way to write. Stark is doing the same.

    The narrator Joe Barrett was pretty good, but I did not like his voice for Parker. It sounded too normal-guy-like. I prefer Keith Szarabajka.

    THE SERIES:
    This is book 16 in the 24 book series. These stories are about bad guys. They rob. They kill. They’re smart. Most don’t go to jail. Parker is the main bad guy, a brilliant strategist. He partners with different guys for different jobs in each book.

    If you are new to the series, I suggest reading the first three and then choose among the rest. A few should be read in order since characters continue in a sequel fashion. Those are listed below (with my star ratings). The rest can be read as stand alones.

    The first three books in order:
    4 stars. The Hunter (Point Blank movie with Lee Marvin 1967) (Payback movie with Mel Gibson)
    3 ½ stars. The Man with the Getaway Face (The Steel Hit)
    4 stars. The Outfit.

    Read these two in order:
    5 stars. Slayground (Bk #14)
    5 stars. Butcher’s Moon (Bk #16)

    Read these four in order:
    4 ½ stars. The Sour Lemon Score (Bk #12)
    2 ½ stars. Firebreak (Bk #20)
    (not read) Nobody Runs Forever (Bk #22)
    2 ½ stars. Dirty Money (Bk #24)

    Others that I gave 4 or more stars to:
    The Jugger (Bk #6), The Seventh (Bk#7), The Handle (Bk #8), Deadly Edge (Bk#13), Flashfire (Bk#19)

    GENRE: noir crime fiction

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    Butcher's Moon: A Parker Novel, Book 16

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    The 16th Parker novel, Butcher’s Moon, is more than twice as long most of the master heister’s adventures, and absolutely jammed with the action, violence, and nerve-jangling tension listeners have come to expect. Back in the corrupt town where he lost his money, and nearly his life, in Slayground, Parker assembles a stunning cast of characters from throughout his career for one gigantic, blowout job: starting - and finishing - a gang war. It feels like the Parker novel to end all Parker novels, and for nearly 25 years, that’s what it was.

    Jane says: "Great suspense. Great read."
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    "Filled with suspense, drama, and a bit of humor"

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Three Degrees from Justice to be better than the print version?

    No idea, as I didn't read the print version. However, I'd recommend the audio version just to listen to Daniel Dorse's spectacular performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Degrees from Justice?

    (NO SPOILERS!) I finished this audiobook a few days ago and there are still many moments that stand out. However, I don't want to describe any of them as I'd rather people experience them for the first time on their own. But I will say here were so many memorable moments that I will probably listen to this audiobook again several months from now despite knowing how it ends, even though I have never listened to an audiobook twice. The book is just that good.


    What about Daniel Dorse’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job with the different voices, and there was never any confusion over which character he was portraying. At first I wasn't sure what I'd think about his soft yet gruff voice, but I quickly became used to it and his voice seemed to be a good fit for this novel. The only problem I had was when listening to the audiobook in my loud car. There were a few times where Dorse's voice was almost in a whisper, yet the action in the book required a louder voice, such as a character yelling. I had to adjust the volume a few times to keep the quieter and louder voices at decent levels. Overall I loved his performance and would buy his audiobooks in the future.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!! I wanted to finish it shortly after I started listening, but at the same time I didn't want it to end since I knew the author hadn't written any other books of this nature. I forced myself to drag it out over a period of a few days just to delay the gratification of listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Although "Three Degrees from Justice" is partly about a man's desire for revenge and justice, it's also about his attempts to cope with the grief he experiences after his beloved fiance dies. He is filled with anguish but doesn't realize it, and this leads him to doing things he otherwise would not do. Character development was superb, as were the action scenes and the building of suspense.

    I was surprised this was the author's first fiction book, but I was also saddened to see this is the author's ONLY fiction book. For what seems to be a first entry in this genre, John Bobo did a marvelous job creating a protagonist the reader will care about. He used his experience in the courtroom to create scenes seemingly representative of the judicial system without using terms that would confuse the average person. The legal scenes were interesting and helped advance the storyline without adding unnecessary characters or events.

    While listening to this book there were many times where I smiled, gasped, laughed, or cried. It's one of the best audiobooks I've listened to, and I can't recommend it enough.

    To John Bobo: if you're reading this, please give us more.

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  • "What Trouble Will Bernie Get Into N..."

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    While I really enjoyed the first book in the series, March Violets earlier this month, I can't say I felt quite the same about this one. We are now in the Berlin of 1938 and Bernie Gunther is asked to rejoin the police force to work on a serial murder case. Several young girls have gone missing and been found defiled in the most gruesome manner: raped, tied by their feet and drained of their blood exactly like slaughtered pigs. All the girls were around 15, blonde and blue-eyed; the perfect Arian stereotype. Another private case has him uncovering a man blackmailing a wealthy widow, a publisher whose son is a homosexual who (inadvisedly in this age of Nazi power) kept up a correspondence with his lover, some of those letters now being in the hands of the blackmailer. Two very different cases, and no apparent link to the question of the oppression of the Jews in this year which is marked by Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, an organized attack against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and Austria which took place on the 9th and 10th November 1938. But of course we eventually learn that no crime in this time and place could occur without the aim of further oppressing the Jews.

    While I liked the way the case started resolving itself two-thirds of the way in, I've developed a serious dislike for forms of entertainment which centre on serial rapes and murders of women, and the details in this case were truly horrendous. Perhaps because of this, I focused more on little things that bothered me with the first book; endless questionable similes and a main hero who is a typical macho male, which is accurate enough for the period portrayed and amused me the first time around, but here set off against the background of these female victims was distasteful to me. Is that reverse sexism on my part? All the same, solid writing overall (except those similes—why?) and a crime story which places the reader firmly in the heart of Nazi Germany just before WWII. I'll be listening to the third book to see what trouble Bernie gets into next.

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    The Pale Criminal: Berlin Noir

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    The Pale Criminal brings back Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, The Pale Criminal is noir writing at its blackest and best.

    Old Hippy says: "Esxcellent Historical Fiction; Gripping ..."

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    Joyland

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    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
  • 4.3 (956 ratings)
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    Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2

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    James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse. Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard.

    Mike Naka says: "good enough for me to buy book 3"
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    Dead Men's Boots: Felix Castor Series, Book 3

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    Before he died, Felix Castor's fellow exorcist John Gittings made several calls asking for help, and if Castor had answered them, John might still be alive. So when a smooth-talking lawyer comes out of nowhere to claim the remains, Castor owes it to John's unhappy ghost and even more unhappy widow to help out.

    Lórien says: "Mike Carey does it again!"
  • 4.3 (297 ratings)
    The Pale Criminal: Berlin Noir (






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    The Pale Criminal: Berlin Noir

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    The Pale Criminal brings back Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, The Pale Criminal is noir writing at its blackest and best.

    Old Hippy says: "Esxcellent Historical Fiction; Gripping ..."
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    Bright Orange for the Shroud: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 6

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    Travis things he's in for a quiet summer until a walking zombie of a man, Arthur Wilkinson, stumbles aboard The Busted Flush. He's the latest victim of a fragile-looking blond sexpot who uses the blackest arts of love to lure unsuspecting suckers into a web of sordid schemes. Gone, suddenly, are the lazy, hazy days of summer as Travis becomes embroiled in one of the most dangerous, dirtiest cases of his career.

    Marilyn says: "Finally, unabridged!"
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    Darker Than Amber: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 7

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    Travis McGee never shies away from damsels in distress. But this Eurasian beauty was different. When Travis and Meyer rescued her from the water, she had a block of cement wired to her feet, and she wasn't so much grateful as ready to snare them in a murder racket to end all murders.

    Anne says: "At last, but hoping for a better Meyer"
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    Early Autumn

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    A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.

    bebe says: "a very good Spencer novel"
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    Joyland

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    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
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    The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning

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    With some 66 hits under his belt, Tomislav Bokšic, or Toxic, has a flawless record as hitman for the Croatian mafia in New York. That is, until he kills the wrong guy and is forced to flee the States, leaving behind the life he knows and loves. Suddenly, he finds himself on a plane hurtling toward Reykjavik disguised as American televangelist Father Friendly. With no means of escape from this island devoid of gun shops, this country with absolutely no tradition for contract killing, he is forced to come to terms with his bloody past and reevaluate his future, to tragicomic effect.

    Jason says: "Funny moments but mostly a snore"
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    The Maltese Falcon

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    Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

    Kathi says: "Outstanding American classic!"
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    Peter Pan Must Die

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    The daunting task that confronts Gurney, once the NYPD's top homicide cop: determining the guilt or innocence of a woman already convicted of shooting her charismatic politician husband - who was felled by a rifle bullet to the brain while delivering the eulogy at his own mother's funeral. Peeling back the layers, Gurney quickly finds himself waging a dangerous battle of wits with a thoroughly corrupt investigator, a disturbingly cordial mob boss, a gorgeous young temptress, and a bizarre assassin whose child-like appearance has earned him the nickname Peter Pan.

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  • Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2 (






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    Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2

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    James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse. Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard.

    Mike Naka says: "good enough for me to buy book 3"
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    Dead Men's Boots: Felix Castor Series, Book 3

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    Before he died, Felix Castor's fellow exorcist John Gittings made several calls asking for help, and if Castor had answered them, John might still be alive. So when a smooth-talking lawyer comes out of nowhere to claim the remains, Castor owes it to John's unhappy ghost and even more unhappy widow to help out.

    Lórien says: "Mike Carey does it again!"
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    The Wolf: A Novel

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    My name is Vincent Marelli, though most people call me The Wolf. You’ve never met me, and if you’re lucky you never will. But in more ways than you could think of, I own you. I run the biggest criminal operation in the world. We’re invisible but we’re everywhere. Wherever you go, whatever you do, however it is you spend your money, a piece of it lands in our pockets. You would think that with that kind of power I would be invincible. You would be wrong. I made a mistake, one that a guy like me can never afford to make.

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    Mulholland Dive: Three Stories

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    Three never-before-collected short stories from number-one New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly. In "Cahoots", a backroom poker game turns deadly when a cheater is exposed. In "Mulholland Dive", a man who deciphers the hidden codes of accident scenes investigates a fatality off L.A.'s most fabled roadway. In "Two-Bagger", an obsessed cop tails an ex-con he believes is about to carry out a contract killing.

    Mark says: "One of Connelly's weaker efforts"
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    Angel in Black: Nathan Heller, Book 11

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    Los Angeles. The City of Angels. The perfect place for a honeymoon… and the worst possible time for a murder. Vacationing private investigator Nate Heller finds himself a suspect in the LAPD’s investigation of the notorious Black Dahlia murder case. Problem is the butchered starlet, Elizabeth Short, is an old Chicago flame of Heller’s — and only the P.I. himself knows she was blackmailing him for abortion money.

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    Hammerhead Ranch Motel

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    There's a different schemer or slimeball behind every door: cocaine duckpins who have survived only by the dumbest fortune, hard-luck gigolos desperate to score, undercover cops busting undercover cops who are running sting operations on undercover cops.

    Marci says: "Trying too hard"
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    Galveston: A Novel

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    From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO series True Detective and soon to be a major motion picture comes a dark and visceral novel set along the wastelands of Galveston. On the same day Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he learns that his employer has put a hit out on him. After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Cady goes on the run with a young prostitute named Rocky and her three-year-old sister, from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas. But though they run, they cannot hide in this explosive, atmospheric, impossible-to-pause thrill ride.

    Stephanie says: "Richly Layered"
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    Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the private eye for a favor. Until now. A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin, and plans to turn a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. Bitter rivals emerge, alliances turn, and the uglier pieces of the Boston political machine look to put an end to Spenser's investigation.

    Lewis says: "Really enjoyable performance."
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    The Man Who Loved His Wife

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    With what Graham Greene once called her "devilish cunning," Vera Caspary offers one of her most suspenseful thrillers in this tale of love, jealousy, guilt, and hate. When Fletcher marries Elaine, his second wife nineteen years his junior, he can't imagine a more passionate union. Then an illness destroys his confidence, and all he can picture is her next affair. He keeps a secret diary of his fantasized suspicions, making his impending suicide look like murder.

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    Panama Takedown: A Damian Wolf, Assassin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Mike Pettit
    • Narrated By Mike Dennis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Wolf is in Panama waiting for the details of his next assignment. When his handler contacts him, he is immediately distrustful and suspicious of the plan. He sees it as a suicide mission with no way out. Within hours, bodies start to pile up, a double-cross and betrayal are tripped up, and a final showdown that leaves the target alive and Wolf on the run.

    med c says: "Action packed"
  • Loot of the Shanung: Stories from the Golden Age (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Ron Hubbard Narrated by R. F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Robert Wu, Christina Huntington, Tadao Tomomatsu

    Loot of the Shanung: Stories from the Golden Age

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By R. F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Robert Wu, and others
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    Stop the presses! One hundred thousand dollar reward offered for the return of George Harley Rockham! That's more than enough to turn Shanghai newspaperman Jimmy Vance’s head. Throw in the gorgeous dame who’s offering the reward - and he might lose his head altogether. As fast-talking as Jimmy Stewart in The Philadelphia Story, Vance jumps at the chance...the money...and the girl. But as Jimmy quickly discovers, there are several billion reasons to watch his back.

  • Peter Pan Must Die (






UNABRIDGED) by John Verdon Narrated by Robert Fass

    Peter Pan Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
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    The daunting task that confronts Gurney, once the NYPD's top homicide cop: determining the guilt or innocence of a woman already convicted of shooting her charismatic politician husband - who was felled by a rifle bullet to the brain while delivering the eulogy at his own mother's funeral. Peeling back the layers, Gurney quickly finds himself waging a dangerous battle of wits with a thoroughly corrupt investigator, a disturbingly cordial mob boss, a gorgeous young temptress, and a bizarre assassin whose child-like appearance has earned him the nickname Peter Pan.

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  • Killer's Law (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Ron Hubbard Narrated by R. F. Daley, Corey Burton, Brooke Bloom, Enn Reitel, Bob Caso, John Mariano, Richard Rocco

    Killer's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By R. F. Daley, Corey Burton, Brooke Bloom, and others
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    Sheriff Kyle of Deadeye, Nevada, is headed east to the nation’s capital. Like Dennis Weaver in the television series McCloud, Kyle’s about to discover that the law can be even wilder in the big city than in the Wild West. It’s a fact that hits home when he’s the one accused...of murder. Kyle’s come to the city to give a report to his senator on the misdeeds of Nevada’s filthy rich copper kings. But before he has a chance, he’s knocked unconscious, later coming to alongside his senator - now dead, with Kyle’s knife imbedded in the corpse.

  • Sky Birds Dare! (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Ron Hubbard Narrated by R. F. Daley, Molly Yurchak, Michael Yurchak, Tait Ruppert, Mark Silverman

    Sky Birds Dare!

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By R. F. Daley, Molly Yurchak, Michael Yurchak, and others
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    When it comes to flying gliders, ace pilot Breeze Callaghan is as smooth as they come. He perfects a skill that will prove vitally important for decades to come - even into the jet age, as demonstrated by Captain Sully Sullenberger, who famously landed his disabled passenger plane on the Hudson River. Sully’s jet was brought down by a flock of geese, while Breeze is going up against a vulture named Badger O’Dowell. Both pilots are vying for a Navy contract, and Badger would love to shoot the Breeze...literally.

  • Arctic Wings: A Story of Crime and Justice on the Northern Frontier (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Ron Hubbard Narrated by R. F. Daley, Christina Huntington, Phil Proctor, Jim Meskimen

    Arctic Wings: A Story of Crime and Justice on the Northern Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By R. F. Daley, Christina Huntington, Phil Proctor, and others
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    Spring has come to White Bear Landing - and so has the law, in the firm hands of Royal Mounted Policeman and pilot Bob Dixon. Dixon’s as gruff, tough, and good-looking as Russell Crowe, and in this outpost halfway between the arctic mines and civilization, he’s known for taking the law to extremes. More than once Dixon has meted out his own brand of rough justice with hard fists and hot lead, but now the tables have turned. The past has come back to haunt him, he’s been set up as a murder suspect, and a rogue’s gallery of enemies are lining up.