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K. Mickleson

Fairfax, CA USA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Mermaids Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Graham Roberts
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (372)

    The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted.

    Barbara says: "Not for the squeamish"
    "Too sadistic for me."
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    I'm a pretty hard boiled crime fiction devotee, but I stopped listening to this only a bit into chapter two. I enjoy dark crime fiction. The characters held promise of good, deep development, but the details of a psychopathic sexual sadist's delight in his medieval torture chamber repelled me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Ferry

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Police detective Ali Barba receives an urgent letter from her estranged friend Cate. Startled by the letter's alarming tone and eager to atone for egregious past actions, Ali meets Cate at their high-school class reunion. The obviously pregnant Cate begs Ali to stop those who are trying to take her baby. But the plot takes a bizarre twist when a careening car kills Cate - and Ali discovers the truth about Cate's pregnancy.

    Simon says: "Yep its just ok."
    "Well written but not a Joe O'Loughlin book..."
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    I read The Suspect first, and chose this too hastily, hoping for another O'Loughlin book. It is taking place some time after Suspect, with Ruis from The Suspect, now retired and friendly ex-colleagues with Alicia, the feisty protagonist.

    Once into it, I came to enjoy Robotham's writing again. The story tells a grim truth about human trafficking, baby selling, and attendant ugly human realities, and a woman sikh D.C.'s effort to wind her way through the knots of a complex set of agendas.

    The protagonist is both good and annoying (to me) as Robotham portrays her. She's bright, incisive, aggressive and well trained as a DC. But he wrote her into many scenes requiring too much willing suspension of disbelief for me. He has her behaving like a naively brazen provocateur of bad guys who'd likely kill her instantly. She too often assumes she will be believed and taken seriously by males in the police world, thinking they'll do the right thing, when in fact, the usual self-interest reigns supreme. This naiveté didn't work for me, but there was enough of a good story to keep me engaged.

    The narrator was good in Alicia's voice, but not very skilled with male voices.

    I'll keep reading Robotham, hoping for more stories with the psychologist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Road: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Cathleen McCarron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Alex Morrow faces her toughest opponents yet in this brilliant new thriller about criminals, consequences, and convictions. Police detective Alex Morrow has met plenty of unsavory characters in her line of work, but arms dealer Michael Brown ranks among the most brutal and damaged of the criminals she's known. Morrow is serving as a witness in Brown's trial, where the case hinges on his fingerprints found on the guns he sells.

    Bonny says: "Denise Mina does it again"
    "Well written as usual, but hard for me to follow."
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    I'm writing mid-way through listening, out of need to express my frustration. On one hand, I've read Mina's other books (not listened) and appreciated them a lot. She writes beautiful prose and is magical depicting archeology of damaged characters. The reader performs well with a lovely, exacting Scots brogue, which while authentic, leads me to rewind fairly often to be sure I caught what was said.

    On the other hand, it's hard to keep track of past and present, who did what to whom, when and why, and what has evolved in the characters' lives from then to now. Some chapters start with the the 1997 date, others with no date, and we're left to assume they're happening 'now', but if you've forgotten a character from earlier chapters, it's easy to feel lost. It's back and forth, back and forth.

    Thus far, I'm thinking I'd more enjoy this book as read than listened to, so I could thumb back to previous sections to remind myself of events and people. As it is, I'm disappointed and exasperated, tempted to quit reading but not wanting to. Sigh. Maybe it's just senior brain.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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