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  • "Maddeningly fascinating!"

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    The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper is a maddeningly fascinating work. It was reportedly discovered in 2008 in the possessions left to his heirs by S.G. Hulme-Beaman, a children's author and illustrator best known as the creator of the Toytown stories and their characters (including Larry the Lamb) who died in 1932. The manuscript is attributed to "James Carnac," who professes to be the real Jack The Ripper writing about his gruesome exploits 40 years after the fact. The book is made up of four parts: 1) Introductory notes apparently made by S.G. Hulme-Beaman, which explain how he came upon the manuscript while acting as executor of Carnac's estate, but failed to follow Carnac's directions to send the manuscript to a publishing house due to its disturbing and distasteful subject matter; 2) the first two sections of the narrative, which relate the story of Carnac's young life (including his father's murder of his mother and subsequent suicide) and Whitechapel years (including the Ripper slayings); 3) the third section of the narrative, produced on a different typewriter than the first two sections and written in a different, more "fictional" voice, bringing Carnac's story to an all-too-neat end; and 4) commentary by Alan Hicken and respected Ripperologist Paul Begg.

    What is this book, exactly? Several possibilities exist. It might represent Hulme-Beaman's attempt at a "true crime"-inspired novel, but this seems unlikely due to both the man's workload and his personality. It might be a novel by another author that came into the possession of Hulme-Beaman. (There is no record that James Carnac ever existed.) It might be a genuine autobiography of Jack the Ripper, and either the author's name is actually a pseudonym or somehow the historical James Carnac managed to live and die without creating a paper trail. Or perhaps it is a modern-day hoax purporting to be a manuscript from the late 1920s.

    I went into this with the intention of reading it much like The Lodger (1913), an early twentieth-century novel by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes, a woman who lived through the Autumn of Terror and evoked it well in her story. As such a work of fiction, The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper is effective. Carnac's fascination with blood, his knowledge of his father's act of murder/suicide, his curiosity about his French ancestors' roles as executioners, and his own strange (and resisted) compulsion to kill his kind uncle set the stage well for the horrors to come.

    The descriptions of his behavior as Jack the Ripper offer the most interest. Unlike most works and speculations of the time, which attributed to the Ripper complicated motives (religious fanaticism, a personal vendetta against women, a desire to undermine the police force and law in general), Carnac comes across much in the way we understand modern psychopaths today. He killed because he liked killing, and he got away with his crimes because he was smart enough to choose his victims carefully. His dark, wry sense of humor is both startling and convincing. What is more, the end of the Ripper's murderous spree has a believable justification: Carnac was badly injured in an accident with a carriage (while crossing the street to get to a paper detailing his latest crime), losing both his leg and his mobility.

    What I find most fascinating about the book is how it follows and deviates from known facts about the murders. Carnac admits that he had kept scrapbooks of media coverage of the crimes, and the similarity between some of his narrative and contemporary newspaper accounts can be explained by the fact that, after forty years, he returned to his clippings to remind himself of particulars. That said, he also deviates in some critical ways from widely-reported details -- and, in one case, provides a detail only known to have been reported in one account published in New York -- which certainly creates the effect of firsthand knowledge.

    The odd ending, with its vastly different tone -- and, seemingly, purpose -- is also a mystery unto itself.

    It's interesting to speculate on the real nature of this work. I am not suggesting that I was persuaded that Carnac existed or that he was the Ripper, but I was impressed by the psychological insight of the text and the historical mysteries it provides.

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    The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper

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    This memoir was recently discovered and appears to have been written in the 1920s by someone who asserts that he was Jack the Ripper. This person is James Willoughby Carnac, and this memoir was written shortly before his death. It is an account of his entire life, including a few short months in 1888 when he became the murderer known to posterity as Jack the Ripper.

    Martin says: "Absolutely Fascinating"
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    A riveting true crime story that vividly recounts the birth of modern forensics.

    At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher, known and feared as “The Killer of Little Shepherds,” terrorized the French countryside. He eluded authorities for years—until he ran up against prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era’s most renowned criminologist. The two men—intelligent and bold—typified the Belle Époque, a period of immense scientific achievement and fascination with science’s promise to reveal the secrets of the human condition.

    With high drama and stunning detail, Douglas Starr revisits Vacher’s infamous crime wave, interweaving the story of how Lacassagne and his colleagues were developing forensic science as we know it. We see one of the earliest uses of criminal profiling, as Fourquet painstakingly collects eyewitness accounts and constructs a map of Vacher’s crimes. We follow the tense and exciting events leading to the murderer’s arrest. And we witness the twists and turns of the trial, celebrated in its day. In an attempt to disprove Vacher’s defense by reason of insanity, Fourquet recruits Lacassagne, who in the previous decades had revolutionized criminal science by refining the use of blood-spatter evidence, systematizing the autopsy, and doing groundbreaking research in psychology. Lacassagne’s efforts lead to a gripping courtroom denouement.

    The Killer of Little Shepherds is an important contribution to the history of criminal justice, impressively researched and thrillingly told.

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    The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

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    A riveting true crime story that vividly recounts the birth of modern forensics. At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher, known and feared as “The Killer of Little Shepherds,” terrorized the French countryside. He eluded authorities for years - until he ran up against prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era’s most renowned criminologist.

    Praetor says: "Masterly introduction to modern forensic science"
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    "Sherlock Holmes may have been fictional," writes E.J. Wagner, "but what we learn from him is very real. He tell us that science provides not simplistic answers but a rigorous method of formulating questions that may lead to answers." The Science of Sherlock Holmes offers a history of forensic science by focusing on 1) what informed Arthur Conan Doyle's portrayal of Holmes and his method, and 2) how Holmes in turn influenced his real-life descendants. It's not a comprehensive history, but rather a thematic study of advances in various areas of forensics - ballistics, footprints, fingerprints, blood analysis, etc. - with in-depth illustrations from some of the most famous (or infamous) watershed cases in the UK and US (including Jack the Ripper and Lizzie Borden). For my purposes, wanting to get a better handle on how Holmes was informed by and then informed advances in this field, I found it to be an engaging and satisfying listen.

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    The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases

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    • By E. J. Wagner
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    Forensic expert Wagner has crafted a volume that stands out from the plethora of recent memoirs of contemporary scientific detectives. By using the immortal and well-known Sherlock Holmes stories as her starting point, Wagner blends familiar examples from Doyle's accounts into a history of the growth of forensic science, pointing out where fiction strayed from fact.

    A. Yoshida says: "Science in the time of Sherlock Holmes"
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    "The most disturbing book I have ever read"

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    This audiobook is very, very graphic. It's a story that, as a father, I found to be so brutal that I may not ever listen to it again.
    I shakes me deeply that a person like Richard Kuklinski ever walked this earth. His story is filled with such violence from the moment he entered this world that it was probably his destiny to be a merciless butcher.
    The book is well written and narrated but you have been warned, it is utterly bleak and as close as you may ever want to come to staring in the face of souless killer.

  • Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

    "Almost too scary to be true"

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    Mark Bowden's writing on the modern history of Columbia and the horror that engulfed the entire country for a decade is an astonishing piece of work.
    This is a gripping work of non-fiction and is a truly powerful insight to one of the world's most notorious terrorists, Pablo Escobar.

    A huge thumbs up.

  • Takedown: The Fall of the Mafia Empire

    "Inside the New York mafia's golden egg...garbage!"

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    Where does Takedown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rate Takedown in my top 20 of over 500 audiobooks listened to.


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    The story is so absorbing, it's impossible to stop listening. Christopher Merloni nails the NYC dialect of the characters while keeping the narrative clear and understandable.
    The perspective of an undercover cop who has to live 3 separate lives while keeping up his cover is like a tightrope act.
    Incredibly intense story and I found it more entertaining than Donnie Brasco, which took place around the same time period.

  • My FBI: Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror

    "A bad book from a rotten tomato"

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    No mention of John O'Neil in here. I wonder why?

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  • "If this were fiction you would neve..."

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    Everyone knows what a ?*&% / Bernie Madoff was, but how many people know that most of the damage he did could have been prevented by a simple phone call from the SEC to verify his trades several years before, and some 55 billion dollars before, his collapse? The incompetence of the SEC is legend. They simply refused to even consider so much as asking a question about the legality of what Madoff was doing. The question that comes to my mind is what WERE they doing with their time, if it wasn't investigating things like this? Wasn't that their job description? Although Madoff was the biggest fish, there were many other crooks that they also ignored. Maybe a better word would be 'protected' because that is what they were doing, protecting the bad guys from their investors - the exact opposite of what they had been hired to do.

    Having once been Securities licensed myself, this book was all the more interesting to me. I know a little of what goes on in the world of finance, and in fact was burned myself to the point that I just don't want anything to do with it. That is probably not a good place to be either, but it is tough to have some dishonest person effect the quality of the rest of your life. Luckily I didn't lose everything as so many of these investors did, but I will be paying for my mistake of trusting someone who seemed so good and who turned out to be a crook for the rest of my life. I wept when I heard the stories of some of these people. Hell is too good a place for people like Bernie Madoff.

    This book reads like a novel. The legendary Scott Brick is a fine narrator. There were times throughout the recording that the real voices of participants were heard, which made it so authentic, but also reminded me why most authors don't read their own works. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in finance, or in bringing bad guys to justice. It was ultimately satisfying to see that justice was done. This country owes a huge debt to Harry Markopolos and his team (who were never paid for their work in bringing Madoff down) for hanging in there when it would have been so easy to quit. Thanks to them, the whole SEC is restructured and re-staffed. I hope the people at the SEC today are doing their jobs the way they should be done.

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    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"

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    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

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    On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

    E. L. Robertson says: "Who Knew"
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    Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

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    Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

    Lawrence D. Clayton says: "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
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    Mark says: "Excellent and Timely!"
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    Sharon says: "Conspiracy of Fools"
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    Joesph says: "terrific"
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    The benefits of living in a digital, globalized society are enormous; so too are the dangers. The world has become a law enforcer’s nightmare and every criminal’s dream. We bank online; shop online; date, learn, work and live online. But have the institutions that keep us safe on the streets learned to protect us in the burgeoning digital world?

    fred says: "With industry insights very interesting"
  • 4.3 (12 ratings)
    Target Lancer: Nathan Heller, Book 16 (






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    Target Lancer: Nathan Heller, Book 16

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    • By Max Allan Collins
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    Bull says: "The Best Nate Heller Yet"
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    The Devil in the White City

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    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
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UNABRIDGED) by Truman Capote Narrated by Scott Brick

    In Cold Blood

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    • By Truman Capote
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
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    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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    • By John Berendt
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    Joey says: "A little slow, but entertaining"
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UNABRIDGED) by Jon Krakauer Narrated by Scott Brick

    Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

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    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

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    Mark says: "Good Book - Not Typical Grisham"
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UNABRIDGED) by Ann Rule Narrated by Richard Ferrone

    Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

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    Lily says: "My house is clean, my dogs are exhausted!"
  • Thunderstruck (






UNABRIDGED) by Erik Larson Narrated by Bob Balaban

    Thunderstruck

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    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Michael Jones says: "Marconi, murder, mix well"
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UNABRIDGED) by Ronald J. Watkins Narrated by Greg Lutz

    Against Her Will: Pinnacle True Crime

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    Richard and Victoria Tinyes feared the worst when their thirteen year old daughter Kelly Ann vanished from their quiet suburban community of Valley Stream, New York, on March 3, 1999. But the nightmare to come was worse than they could ever imagine. Only five doors away, in the home of John and Elizabeth Golub, police found Kelly Ann's body stuffed in a plastic garbage bag. She'd been brutally beaten, stabbed, strangled, and mutilated. After weeks of intense investigation, police arrested the Golubs twenty-one-year-old son, Robert - a reclusive young man obsessed with bodybuilding and given to fits of rage. The sensational trial and subsequent conviction of Robert Golub shocked the nation and tore the once peaceful community apart. Neighbors took sides. So did the media. And no one who lived on Horton Road would ever be the same. Note on audio book: Except for the beginning and end of the book, there is no longer any music.

    Laura says: "Well-written true-crime book"
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  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder (






UNABRIDGED) by Charles Graeber Narrated by Will Collyer

    The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

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    After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

    FanB14 says: "More Chilling than Murder?"
  • Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Graysmith Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki

    Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

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    After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

    Zentaro says: "Interesting"
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Kurt Eichenwald Narrated by Robertson Dean

    Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
  • Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Kolker Narrated by Sean Pratt

    Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert Kolker
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan Gilbert, after running through the oceanfront community of Oak Beach screaming for her life, went missing. No one who had heard of her disappearance thought much about what had happened to the 24-year-old: She was a Craigslist prostitute who had been fleeing a scene. The Suffolk County Police, too, seemed to have paid little attention - until seven months later, when an unexpected discovery in a bramble alongside a nearby highway turned up four bodies, all evenly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. But none of them Shannan's.

    Sam says: "No answers"
  • Swings and Roundabouts (






UNABRIDGED) by Jason Connor Narrated by A.T.

    Swings and Roundabouts

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Jason Connor
    • Narrated By A.T. "Al" Benelli
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    This is the story of how a private dectective "John Black" tracks down a sadistic psychiatric therapist turned serial killer. Set in New York City in 1946, it grapples with the mental illness we call depression. The main protagonist encounters many twists and turns as he delves into the tortured life of his new mystery girlfriend - who turns his life upside down.

  • Foran mørket [The Darkness] (






UNABRIDGED) by Steen Harvig Narrated by Steen Harvig

    Foran mørket [The Darkness]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steen Harvig
    • Narrated By Steen Harvig
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Brødrene Lars, som er autist, og Søren Illum har mistet deres forældre ved en bilulykke i Frankrig for to år siden, da de pludselig bliver draget ind i en uhyggelig sag om en række mord på prostituerede i København. Morderen eller morderne har tilsyneladende til hensigt at skade eller muligvis helt tilintetgøre de to brødre. Men hvorfor? Hvad har de gjort? Politiet - med den unge Morten Krag i spidsen - står endnu engang over for en makaber sag, der virker ulogisk, uforståelig og usammenhængende.

  • The Search for Anne Perry (






UNABRIDGED) by Joanne Drayton Narrated by Susannah Tyrrell

    The Search for Anne Perry

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joanne Drayton
    • Narrated By Susannah Tyrrell
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In 1994, director Peter Jackson released the film Heavenly Creatures, based on a famous 1950s matricide committed in New Zealand by two teenage girls embroiled in an obsessive relationship. This film launched Jackson's international career. It also forever changed the life of Anne Perry, an award-winning, best-selling crime writer, who at the time of the film's release was publicly outed as Juliet Hulme, one of the murderers. A new light was now cast, not only on Anne's life, but also her novels, which feature gruesome and violent deaths.

  • The Child Taker: Detective Alec Ramsay Series, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Conrad Jones Narrated by Julia Farhat

    The Child Taker: Detective Alec Ramsay Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Conrad Jones
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A stand-alone novel based on high-profile child abductions, which have been followed by millions of concerned parents on the news. Five-year-old twins are abducted from a tent in the Lake District and the hunt for a dangerous paedophile ring begins. Police procedure follows the premise that 60% of abducted children are murdered within the first four hours of being taken. The first hour is called "The golden hour" and the longer a child is missing, the less chance there is of them being recovered unharmed.

    helen says: "Chilling!"
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  • The Summer of Dead Toys (






UNABRIDGED) by Antonio Hill Narrated by Mark Bramhall

    The Summer of Dead Toys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Antonio Hill
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Evokes the master of Barcelona-set narrative, Carlos Ruiz Zafon' Independent When the death of a young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo provokes the normally calm Inspector Salgado to beat someone up, he is swiftly removed from the project. Instead, he is sent to investigate a teenager's fall to his death in one of Barcelona's uptown areas.

  • Alter Ego: A Novel of the New West (






UNABRIDGED) by Ronald Watkins Narrated by Jack de Golia

    Alter Ego: A Novel of the New West

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ronald Watkins
    • Narrated By Jack de Golia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    When retired chief of Arizona Rangers, John Goodnight, stumbles on a murder, the Old West comes alive in the modern West. Treachery, betrayal, lust and greed, all the old motives, are also the new ones.

  • Laundry Man: The Jack Shepherd International Crime Novels, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Jake Needham Narrated by Fred Filbrich

    Laundry Man: The Jack Shepherd International Crime Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jake Needham
    • Narrated By Fred Filbrich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Once a high-flying international lawyer, a member of the innermost circles of government power, Jack Shepherd has abandoned the savage politics of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok, where he is now just an unremarkable professor at an unimportant university in an insignificant city. A lawyer among people who laugh at the law, a friend in a land where today’s allies are tomorrow’s fugitives, Jack Shepherd battles the global tide of corruption, extortion and murder that is fast engulfing the new life he has made for himself in Thailand.