The whole book seems to be Corey making wisecracks...way more than necessary...dumb too. In earlier books his wisecracks were great fun but in this one it seems like every time he says something it's a wisecrack and too often not funny. In other Corey books the interchange between John and Kay is fun but in this book we hear barely a peep from her. Final scene (I won't spoil it by telling) is way over the top...more than the Corey of previous books.
Scott Brick is terrific as always.
The first book "The Absent One" was terrific. The narrator bought the book to life--working class, depressed cop, assistant from Syria and more. Great listen. The narrator in this one reads with an upperclass English accent. Even worse Carl's assistant, Assad from Syria sounds like he's from India. No kidding. I was dissapointed and annoyed that I didn't finish.
If you buy it and hate it don't say I didn't tell you so.
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