The Pendergast saga continues. Some loose ends are wrapped up, other situations are expanded, and new characters are introduced. The Helen, Constance, and Corey strands are developed, Aloysius nearly commits suicide, poor Proctor (sp?) is thrashed more than once, and D’Agosta makes a contribution. New characters are introduced and, I hope, will turn up in future episodes.
This is another fun contribution from the Preston-Child duo.
Rene Auberjonois gives another impeccable performance.
I have listened to all of this series available at Audible. However, this is probably the most disappointing.
I always hesitate to discuss the plot as I dislike spoilers. Do read the publisher's summary. Although thorough in character and murder case development, the story seems to just plod along. There are many components and at least 6 possible perpetrators. I had identified the guilty party long before the reveal. If you are an action and violence junky then this probably isn't for you.
Next, the narrator is new to the series. His interpretations of some characters is ok, some bland, and one is just plain odd. The narration can be distracting at times, but is adequate the majority of the listen.
If you are a Diamond fan, then this is a decent listen. If you are new to the series, you might be wise to pick another episode.
Even with forced bed rest, Tess can't seem to curb her curiosity. This mystery has a "Rear Window" feel to it. However, in this story, she has a new investigator, her friend Whitney, and the internet to help dig into the mystery. I enjoyed the update on Tess's life and another PI case.
Linda Emond is an excellent narrator.
Yes, there is murder and mystery, but the odd characters and overall setting in a summer resort town make it a fun listen.
I will definitely move on in the series.
Jeff Woodman adds to the fun with the narration. His portrayal of the "perky blonde" thing and the small town cops is consistent and amusing.
Reacher is in the Army. He is asked to do some undercover investigation. He easily puts the pieces together, identifies an information leak, thwarts the tough guys, and returns to his post.
Again, Dick Hill is perfect for this series.
This is another glimpse of young Reacher. He is on his way to see brother Joe. In his typical style, he does not do the expected. Trouble finds him, there are physical altercations, and he helps the FBI.
Dick Hill is always superb in his interpretation.
This story in its entirety is a "bonus" at the end of The Affair.
I knew immediately that I had heard it before. I am very disappointed that Audible released it as a single later.
Reacher is 13 and newly relocated with his Marine Corps family. Trouble and mystery found him even at this early age: he crushes a (kid) bully and solves two mysteries.
Dick Hill, as always, is an excellent narrator.
Joe O'Laughlin has taken steps to put his life back in order. The previous stressful times have affected his family and haven't helped his battle with Parkinson's. The family has moved, he has limited his professional work to teaching, and he is the caregiver for his two daughters while his wife travels for work. This should be a nice respite for them. When he is unwillingly snared into the ongoing investigation of a serial killer, his whole family suffers anew.
In this series there are crimes to be solved and a perpetrator be apprehended. However, instead of leaving me to think about the evil, I am left thinking about the stress on Joe. It may seem like a minor thing, but it is a welcome variation for me.
The narration by Sean Barrett fits the story.
Reacher's history is released in pieces in short stories and at least one other book. His mother, brother, and some military background are given more depth here.
He is an Army MP so he is not the anonymous wanderer that we usually follow. He is expected to follow rules. He breaks protocol to tie together seemingly disparate crimes, but manages to tie everything together and uncover a conspiracy. There are relatively few hand-to-hand, bone crushing encounters in this book, but one has serious consequences for his future in the Army.
Dick Hill, again, does an excellent job of narrating.
Overall, this is another enjoyable Reacher adventure.
The publisher's summary tells you a lot of the story.
I am a big fan of this series. Some Mystery/Thriller books are so dark that it takes me days to process what I have read so that I can move on to my next book. Pendergast fits into the M/T category, but I am always left with a smile when the story comes to an end. There is just enough reality laced with fiction and creepy to keep me engaged. There is a permanent set of characters that weave in and out of the books. In this episode most of them are not present in the action, but are still mentioned. There is also the introduction of a new character that may appear in the future.
As another listener mentioned, Corrie is the main focus in this book. She is working on a thesis which requires her investigation of old bones. She discovers something very different than her proposal. Along the way she gets herself into several serious predicaments. Pendergast comes out of his funk to rescue her and finds himself drawn into the mysteries. The satisfactory conclusions to all threads leaves me with a smile and anticipation for the next installment.
Rene Aubernonois is an excellent narrator and is perfect for this series.
I love this series. I was devastated, as were the main characters, at the end of the last book.
This book gathers the pieces of those widely divided characters and loosely unites them in efforts to save one of their own. The serial killings, detective work, and eventual justice are all here. In fact, they are the force that pulls everyone closer. We are left with this loose network of characters and some hints for the future.
I believe that Val McDermid dropped in enough hints about the previous squad's history to allow this book to stand alone.
Gerard Doyle gives another excellent performance.
Note: There is an unrelated short story added after the book ends. Due to some poor editing, it just starts as if part of the book. It took a bit (staring at my ipod) to realize that it is an "extra." It is worth listening to it, just be aware that its title, introduction, etc. are at its end instead of at the beginning.
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