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The Light of Day Audiobook

The Light of Day

The author takes us inside George Webb's -a divorced ex-policeman turned private investigator- mind. For one day, we see what Webb sees and know only what his thoughts reveals. We learn about his childhood and the secret it forced him to carry; the last moments with his ex-wife; his fall as a cop; the ease with which he has turned his police skills to the demands of his new profession. And we learn how those demands have put him in a league with a client, a woman he has come to love.
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Publisher's Summary

George Webb is a divorced ex-policeman turned private investigator, a man whose prospects seemed ruined not so long ago. Kicked off the force for trying in all the wrong ways to put away the right man, he has recently crossed a line with a client - and upended his own life.

In this masterful novel, Graham Swift takes us inside Webb's mind. For one dazzling day, we see what Webb sees and know only what his thinking reveals. We learn about his childhood and the secret it forced him to carry; his changing relationship with his once-renegade daughter; the last moments with his ex-wife; his fall from grace as a cop; the unexpected ease with which he has turned his police-learned skills to the more delicate demands of his new profession. And we learn how those demands have put him in silent league with the fateful client, a woman he has come to love.

Fascinating in its slow and revelatory accumulation of physical and emotional detail, tender and humorous, intense and suspenseful, The Light of Day is a tour-de-force journey into human emotions.

© 2003 Graham Swift; (P)2003 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"He is a writer of immense gifts." (The Washington Post)

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    "Dribble"

    Dribble. I am typing words on a keyboard. Funny, it's a QWERTY keyboard that has lots of letters on it that when one presses while thinking random thoughts might describe a trip to the grocery store or the restroom or what ever dribble may be in someone's head at any given moment. This is what this "masterfully crafted" book was to me. If reading this book was getting into someone's mind, I could not get it out of sight and out of mind fast enough. End of Dribble.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Glendale, AZ, USA 10-07-15
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    "Almost didn't finish"

    well read. interesting format, at first, but got old and confusing. kinda dry, but I finished and was disappointed in the end.

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    Dallas 08-08-15
    Dallas 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "well written, but very implausible"
    What disappointed you about The Light of Day?

    We are asked to believe that the detective, on the basis of having a cup of coffee with his client (the soon to be murderer of her husband), is permanently committed to the woman. We leave the book with no understanding of why the woman murdered the husband nor why the detective fell so in love with her.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Swift again?

    I might give him a try, because the writing itself was very good.


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    Katharine Hoefer 01-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Not so great"

    I found the story to be too slow for an audiobook.

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    Sandra Bokeelia, FL, USA 12-12-04
    Sandra Bokeelia, FL, USA 12-12-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Initially interesting, but NOT"

    After an initial interest, I lost track and did not care what happened to the characters. The stream of unconsciousness simply turned into too many words and too much self-absorption. I agree with the reviewer who said that fast-forwarding an hour would not change anything. Would return if possible. Not worth the effort to listen. Only good for those who believe that endless discussion can resolve anything.

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