Starts slow, almost didn't read. It was a great book once you get into it!
First, it would be good to remember when this was written - this may help you avoid being offended by some of the attitudes. I really enjoyed most of the book and didn't want to put it down ... until the last few hours. I don't know what happened, but it was like the author just ran out of anything interesting or suspenseful to say to bring the book to its ending. I swear, the last few hours were just painful, but I couldn't stop at that point because I had so much time invested in it. The narrator was great. I'm not likely to buy any more in the series just because I was so disappointed by the last few hours. This isn't one I'm interested in listening to again either.
I spent two and a half hours listening to this story, expecting it to take off. I realize it's 24 hours long, and that at some point it probably gets better; however, I just couldn't see listening for another two hours, or so, only to be further disappointed.
The author is a master of the English language, but his descriptions border on rambling - "he bought fruit - grapes, apples, oranges, peaches, bananas, pears, tomatoes, plums, limes, lemons, .....". Not an actual sentence from the book, but you get the point, but the author thinks he has to enumerate ad nauseum in order to get the reader to understand his prose. Wow, makes me shudder just thinking about how awful this was.
The narrator had me wondering if, at some point, he was going to ask if if switching insurance companies could save me money..."does a bear defecate in the woods?" I'm sure you know the commercials.
Everything in this book seemed to be lost by about two decades. Maybe the author placing a homburg on Delany's head was to show that he was also willing a bit of a bad guy, because it seems to me that by the 70's fedoras and homburgs were generally out of fashion for most. Wardrobe aside, the majority of it seemed better suited to the 50's or earlier not the 70's.
Delany was a terribly contradictory character: He seemed (to me) either dumb as stump or able to make brilliant connections with few pieces of information. He was willing to go very far outside the law to get the bad guy and still be concerned with a desk cop properly answering the phone, professional appearance, and so on. Compassionate enough to visit murder victim's families and then ruthless enough to yell at and degrade a widow when she wouldn't help. Delany seemed like a manipulated character in a story, not a cop that worked within the fictional world; he didn't seem "real".
Finally, the regular alcohol consumption by the police was just plain silly. Out on a stake out? Have some brandy, Working the investigation? Have beer from the well stocked fridge, otherwise have coffee. Met up with another police chief? He's carrying about a case of beer in his patrol car, so dig in fellas while we wait! I really don't understand what the author was trying for.
There's no mystery here: You know who the killer is and you know who is going to get him. There are no particularly exciting moments. It was merely dragging through Delany's investigation, and enduring the author's description of ham fisted or limp wristed characters. I finished this only because I wanted to see how the author would force the closure of the investigation.
Finding out what the story was about. I Listened for more than 2 hours and still don't have any idea what the book is about.
In the first chapter he could give some idea of what the plot of the book is.
disappointment, I wasted 2 hours & a credit.
This is the first book, out of several hundred that I gave up on.
I tried to get into this book, it got such great reviews, but after four hours and still no idea where the plot was heading... I knew more about the book by reading the summarry on audible. So I decided to give up. I am particularly sorry as I bought the Second Deadly sin as well. I agree with some of the reviewers how the book being dated may have not helped in my enjoyment as they were trying to make the main character as a sexual pervert of some type because he wanted to have sex with sunglasses on or masks. Nowadays, that would be nothing.
I read this series 2 decades ago and really enjoyed it. Tried listening again to this one but couldn't get past the first 2 hours. The couple was just so awful! I never got as far as Lt. Delaney's involvement. The initial sadism was just too much so I quit. I have gotten the Second Deadly Sin but I can't decide whether to even start it! The reader was fine...not the problem. Probably shouldn't review it at all, not having finished it, but the early part of this is not for the squeamish.
Boring ,boring this book is in my view dated having been written some 40 year s ago. It appears to be a forerunner to American Psyco, gratuitious violence with few redeeming features The narrator was very good but could not save the book. The only Character that was in any way believable was The CAPTAIN and even here he became bogged down with repetition.
In short a waste of a credit. I will not be exploring the second, third or any other deadly sin
Moved the story along better.
I wish I had not wasted my credit, nor my time with this book. Too far out story line and much too drawn out for my taste.
I listened to this book for hours waiting for something to happen. Finally, after three hours (approx) I gave up. I couldn't take it.
I was very disappointed to have wasted my money on this book.