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This is my favorite series in this genre and my favorite book in the series. It answers many mysteries concerning Harry Hole's history while exposing the detctive's peculiar genius.
This reader is my favorite, though I liked Robin Sachs. He does a brilliant job with the different voices, especially.a drunk Harry Hole.
This is the story of the case that made Harry famous, the Australian serial killer case.
Ive listened or read too many thrillers featuring great characters with almost super human abilities. I liked them all, but it seems to me Mitch Rapp, Jack Reacher, the Grey Man, etcetera have been too good to believe. So I purchased Black Site with some prejudice.
What led me to this book was the author's recent background as Delta member himself. It was a wise decision.
The hero here is a decorated, but disgraced combat veteran who becomes a drunk after he leads his team into an ambush. He's called back into action because he is expendable. What follows is a tough and gritty adventure that leads to his own redemption. It is an extremely accurate tale of espionage and warfare.
This is a work of literary genius. Thankfully it falls into my favorite genre. There's only one other novel that kept me guessing till the very end, Presumed Innocent by Scott Turrow.
From the beginning I understood I was listening to the work of an exceptional author. It reminded me of my experience reading Secret History by Donna Tart. Yet I came close to giving up early on the novel based on the miserable, alcoholic life and existence of the main character, Rachel. She said it best when she knew she wasn't as bad off as a girl she read about who'd gotten so ripped she performed oral sex on her uncle. "That", says Rachel, "is where my bar is set." So she's a pitiful character that tried my patience as she did with every fictional relationship in the novel.
Thankfully I persisted, because suddenly I became engrossed in every aspect of the mystery. I usually have to like or admire one or more of the characters to enjoy the experience. In most of my favorite mysteries the characters make the mystery secondary. Here the opposite is true. I really didn't like or admire anyone in the novel. The mystery dwarfs the characters.
The three narrators are simply masterful readers. I'd put their performance on the same level as The Help.
That's really enough said. It captures your attention and holds it. But the truth is it wil never happen, or it shouldn't. A first year attorney with 1 speeding violation case under his belt tries a capital murder case. No press to speak of, an experienced DA bumbles, a judge is put in his place... Too much.
I purchased this on the strength of the Bino series, in which all four books rated 5 stars. I'm not dissapointed, though I do give it 3 stars because it's not near as good as the Bino series. This was written in 1989, but that takes nothing from the story at all.
Size is a giant of a guy whose run operations for his lifelong friend, now a gangster. He's gone to jail twice for his boss and in the opening scenes he's under indictment again. Each time he's taken the fall for things his boss has actually done. But this time his boss is manipulated into believing Size will snitch, despite all experience and evidence to the contrary. So he puts a hit on Size.
This sets off a chain of events that begins to undermine a solid crime organization as well as a Columbian Cartel they deal with. Suddenly this wakes up Size to the reality he's been blindly true and loyal to everyone but himself. He's been a fool, but now he is forced to use his strength, wit, smarts and savvy to go against them all.
The narrator gets 3 stars for his great voice, but too careful diction. I've a sneaking suspicion he missed some of the humor AW Gray is famous for.
He's not dead, Bino's alive and well. Unfortunately Bino Blues is the last of the series on Audible. It just may be the best. The synergy between the narrative and the narrator creates one of the best listening experiences I've encountered on Audible. The hilarious banter, timing, relationships between characters an the legal intrigue make this book (and series) one of my favorites.
My list of the top series off the top of my head: Harry Hole, by Nesbo. Department Q, by Alder-Olsen, Bino Phillips, by AW Gray, Inspector Gamache by Penny. To make my list in Police Procedurals category every book has to be excellent, the characters must demand my attention and capture my imagination, the stories must be believable (no super cops), and the narration should be excellent.
Nesbo's work doesn't have much humor, but Harry Hole is the best detective character in literature in my opinion. Department Q, Bino and Gamache have a great deal of humor and the relationships between characters are so dynamic they make the mystery secondary. All four feature excellent police work and intrigue.
In the first two books, Bino's exploits revolved around the courtroom. This time, a very sick serial killer is terrorizing Dallas and it somehow revolves around the courthouse. Two students are gruesomely murdered and a third is missing. One link is that two of the victims were defense witnesses Bino needs for his current case. This pits Bino's razor sharp cynicism and wit against the egotistical and narcissistic federal agents.
The synergy of a top rate narrator, great dialogue, Great characters, truly gutsy police work and plenty of laughter make this an easy 5 star experience.
I just don't buy military conspiracy theories as plausible here in the USA. I hope I'm right. Nevertheless there seems to be no shortage of government conspiracy thrillers by some of the country's best authors in the thriller category.
Still, the idea of a rogue Air Force One pilot saving the President appeals to me. Here is where the remarkably horrible, unprofessional narration comes into play. Any chance of the book being saved by great characters is destroyed by Mr. Block. But I can't blame him. He's so bad that I have to point to the producer for allowing this performance to happen.
Before you buy, just listen to the 5 minute preview.
Bino's second adventure was even better than the first. It features quick witted dialogue, a remarkable cast of characters and a great legal mystery. This story revolves around a federal judge who finds himself under indictment. His beautiful adult daughter has a gambling addiction that only complicates the judge's position. He hires Bino to represent him, but neither he or Bino fully understands how much trouble is at hand.
There's a band of misfits Bino surrounds himself with, none bigger than himself. His ex wife is married to the mob, his Investigator is a bookie, his secretary a reformed junkie. He has real enemies as a defense attorney, primarily the US Attorney and FBI. The upper crust attorneys snub him socially. But underestimateing Bino Phillips is a big mistake.
Once again Joe Bennett is superb. This is an easy 5 star listen!
This is an older series that is brand new new to Audible. What a coup! Bino, short for Albino, is a country lawyer in a big city. He's called Bino because he's a former white forward/center for SMU. He grew up poor, but parlayed his height and hook shot into a law career.
He's a Democrat, (I'm not so don't let that sway you), in a Republican world, with a bookie for a P.I. and an ex stripper for an assistant. His law practice delivers non stop laughter while remaining legitimate.
This is a great story with great characters and a really good mystery as well. Joe Barrett is wonderful as the narrator. I'm going for the next in line, this one was so good. It appears they released them all at once!
I am so thankful to have found this gem! It's a stellar police procedural with great cop characters. The narration was pitch perfect.
I hope this becomes a series because the hero is fascinating.
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