John Eisenmenger, a former forensic pathologist, finds himself dragged unwillingly into the case. Teaming up with solicitor Helena Flemming, Eisenmenger sets out to discover what really did happen to Nikki Exner.
Eisenmenger and Flemming find there is much more at stake than uncovering the identity of a murderer: there are scores to be settled, demons to be exorcised, and, not least, vengeance to be had.
©2003 Keith McCarthy; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
Reader And Listener
I can't remember how I stumbled onto this title, or for that mtter how I missed it for so long. It was published in 2003 but the audio produced in 2008. Unappreciated IMHO, this book is on a par with titles by Michael Robotham and Tana French, and that refers to characters, story and performance. The medical subject material is very well done (small wonder, turns out the author is a pathologist!) and I like how certain aspects of the suspense are left open-ended. I plan to work my way through the series in order, at least until I hit a clunker.
This book was a real treat - I'd never heard of Keith McCarthy before but I'll be getting more of his books after reading this one.
I was drawn into the plot from the first few chapters. There's a bit of gore (a nasty murder) but overall the book isn't too gory or filled with gratuitous violence. The lives of all the characters are well fleshed out and quite complex and the plot remains interesting throughout the book.
I think if you like Ruth Rendell or PD James' books you'd like this.
I am always on the lookout for good "mysteries/thrillers", narrated by good readers. This book fit the bill. The plot was very interesting; the writing was concise and intelligent. The reader was very good, and kept my interest throughout.
I will listen to the next Eisenmenger book by this author "The Silent Sleep of the Dying".
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Yes. Well written and superb narrator. Can't wait to read his other books.
John Lee has been my favorite narrator for many years but Sean Barrett is a close second.
It keep me listening into the wee hours
Well worth the credit for an excellent writer and narrator!
I'm not sure I'm always in the mood for the gruesome detail of his murder scenes. His characters are mostly twisted, treasonous, aggressive opportunists who see life as "a thing of smoke and tears."
I love his narrations. He has just the right twist of humor in McCarthy's brilliantly ironical character descriptions.
It's a good read as far as the glittering style is concerned, but I was repulsed by the atmosphere of squalor and the poor character development.
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Already have. Enjoy Sean Barrett and searching his performances I discovered McCarthy. Pleasantly surprised. Though formulaic the characters are a little off the norm. Not always likable and in difficult relationship situations. Engaging.
No. It wasn't that suspenseful. It was defiantly engaging and I did want to know the outcome though I did put it down frequently.
Sean is talented. At times he starts performance at the top so there is no where for character to grow. Character is one note.
I bought another McCarthy and Barrett book.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I thought this book was going to be so good and enjoyed all of the chapters until the end.
I just loved the whole book from start to finish. Keith you are one of the best authors, your characters are so real. Your sense of humour is genius
I suppose the story was ok but I had to back up so many times I lost count. I did manage to finish & the ending did get much better. Narrator is great which was probably the only incentive to plug on. I doubt I'll read another by McCarthy any time soon.
"A Wonderful Series"
If you haven't yet heard Keith McCarthy's great series start with this one, then make certain you listen to all the others.
This is perhaps the best forensic murder series ever and I throughly recommend them.
"Superb Forensic Thriller"
I came accross this book whilst searching for novels read by Sean Barret, my favourite narrator. This superb story is set within the confines of a prestigious medical school.
The story begins with the discovery of the body of a beautiful female medical student, who has been murdered in a brutal and bizzarre fashion.
The author Keith Mcarthy is a trained forensic pathologist, and it really shows. ;the procedural methods in the book are described in graphic detail and with so much accuracy that it puts the attempts of many crime novelists to describe a crime scene or a post mortem, to shame. This is not to say that the book is clinical or cold, far from it, Mcarthy is a truly gifted writer, hes descriptive powers are vivid and his vocabulary is vast.
The authors ability to project the emotions and frailties of his characters truly allows the reader to even empathize with some of the more grotesque members of Mcarthy's cast.
I can only assume that it's some of the graphic descriptions of violence and sex that has stopped Mcarthy becoming top of the best seller list on a regular basis.
Sean Barret is as usual brilliant, his narration brings every character to life, his ability
to differentiate each individual characters voice is remarkable.
I am a massive fan of the modern crime novel and enjoy reading and listenning to most of today's top writers, I would have to put Keith Mcarthy into my top 10 favourites, I truly believe this book, the first in the series, is an absolute must read for any crime novel fan.
"A great listen"
I have only just discovered this author, and am hooked. Detailed descriptions of grisly crimes, combined with well rounded and interesting characters make for an intersting and absorbing book. I loved it. Well read also by Sean Barret. Recommended.
"Superb beginning to a great series"
This is the first book in a series featuring John Eisenmenger and believe me it is a fantastic start. The characters are clearly described, well rounded and full of surprises. Brilliantly narrated by Sean Barrett, the book comes alive and each intricate description builds a whole picture in the mind. I found this book spellbinding.
The reading pace is perfect, the narration is perfect and each character is clearly identifiable in the reading.
If you like forensics coupled with a good thriller you should put this one on your list!
"A powerful book brilliantly narrated"
As is often the case I will try a new author if Sean Barrett is narrating it. He is by far the finest narrator on the audible network. This performance was up to standard and the book was deliciously gory. Will try more in the series.
"A FEAST OF CARRION"
Purchased this after reading the reviews.I was not disappointed.The many characters were well fleshed out and I was guessing who 'dunnit' till the unexpected end.The reader did a fine job on a well written book. I'm now looking forward to the next book.
"A Feast of Carrion"
I have never felt the urge to write a review before even though I have listened to many, many good books. This book, however, is totally brilliant. The writing is extremely good; the reading superb and the story line faultless with unexpected twists and turns. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who enjoys well crafted, gripping crime novels. I can't wait for my drive home tonight to listen to another book written by Keith McCarthy and read by Sean Barrett.
The best feature of this book, in my opinion, is the quality of the writing.... not a cliche, not a wasted word, not a trace of irrelevance. The narration is equally brilliant. The withheld star is due to the gruesome but necessary detail ... not to my taste. If you can handle this you will like this book!!!
Second Keith Mccarthy book I've listened to. Absolutely brilliant - can't wait to hear the next book. Sean Barrett's performance is superb.
"Excellent story, brilliant narration"
I am new to Keith McCarthy's books, but this had me riveted. I love the way he tells the story with humour and insight. Sean Barrett's narration is the icing on the cake. My only reservation is that I could do without some of the more unpleasant and explicit detail.
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