With two words, a homeless man changes up-and-coming federal prosecutor Charlie Beckham’s life. He calls Charlie by a name that only Charlie and his older brother share, except Charlie's brother, an investigative journalist, disappeared thirteen years ago. Before Charlie can act, the homeless man disappears, and Charlie must begin a search that will lead him through the dark alleys of Boston's criminal underworld. Narrator John Rubinstein gives a vivid performance of this complex thriller, complementing the tense pacing of the story with his excellent comedic timing for its occasional moments of humor.
Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie's life upside with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world - Charlie's brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago. Charlie has a hundred questions but the homeless man disappears before Charlie can ask a single one. So begins Charlie's search for answers, and for his brother, a search that leads him down Boston's darkest streets, into its blackest alleys, and, finally, into its criminal underworld. But if Charlie wants answers he'll have to get them from some of the most feared and ruthless people in the city.
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"A complex, entertaining thriller, with a crackerjack cast...pitch-perfect dialogue...and action scenes poised exquisitely between menace and chaos." (Kirkus Reviews)
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
Excellent. I haven't looked yet to see if this author has other books, but if he does, I'm buying them! I've already recommended this to other friends who are readers/listeners. And John Rubinstein is incredible. He did an outstanding job with this book.
Avid reader for 45 years
I just couldn't get into this book. The writing wasn't bad but I didn't care what happened to the main character. He was wasn't likable to me, so I gave up half way through.
Good book - held my interest; however, just not believable, which, I understand, is maybe the point of fiction. But I kinda like my reading to be a bit more swallowable (!)
Highly recommend this one. I was not familiar with James Hankins, but this book made me a fan. Also John Rubinstein is one, if not one of my favorite narrators.
That is the only reason I downloaded this book.
There are many memorable moments and characters in this book from the main character Charlie to understanding homeless man "Bones" who ends up becoming a heroe of sorts.
It was about good versus evil and the nature and nurture of power.
Many moving moments and moments to replay.
This book was complete starting with story, twists and turns and the unflapable Charlie trying to understand the loss of brother and coming to terms.
Charlie's sensability and sarcasm and humour make him a guy you wish you knew.
But alas it is fiction and a good book.
Perhaps those do not read much
the author's voice was incredibly irritating.
Anyone who recommended this book needs to be second guessed from this point on.
"does what it says on the side of the tin!"
No, but then I never listen or read a book twice.
Can't really say without spoiling the plot!
Yes, very well.
A level headed man of the law dragged into a violent world of crime.
There's nothing too complicated or surprising about the story. It jogs along at a good pace and is entertaining and I would thoroughly recommend it.
"Fast paced detective writing from the get-go!"
Definitely! Enjoyable fast paced plot, some great twists and turns, easy reading/listening.
The narrator doesn't have an irritating voice, hurrah!
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