Scott Finn survived a childhood running errands for crime kingpins to become a six-figure lawyer at a prestigious Boston firm. Now the sky's the limit...until his colleague and former lover Natalie turns up dead in Boston Harbor, her heart surgically removed. She initially appears to be the seventh victim of "Little Jack", a serial killer reminiscent of Jack the Ripper. But suspicion quickly turns to Scott, who must dig deep into Natalie's life to discover the secrets she kept.
The suspense builds to a crescendo as this stunning thriller travels at breakneck speed toward a shocking conclusion.
©2005 Richard David Hosp; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
"Compelling characters pulse through attorney Hosp's surprisingly engaging fiction debut." (Publishers Weekly)
Hosp is a new author for me, discovered while browsing through the George Guidall reads. Thoroughly enjoyed it. One thing leads to another, twist after twist, from street kid to big firm lawyer, trying to solve the case and luckily with people willing to help and believe in Finn.
The synopsis is dead on. This one left me feeling as though I'd been reading him for ages, looking forward to the next book.
I don't do book reports but I do say this is well worth the listen.
I might try another but it was incredibly irritating to have the narrator refer to Whitey Bulger as Bulgar! Why didn't anyone bother to find out how to say this? The name came up so many times and each time it took me totally out of the story. This was a huge news story and I never heard anyone mispronounce this simple name. Bul-ger (as in Germany) not Bul-ger (as in gelding).
The credibility of the setting--the characters being insiders in the Boston crime world is destroyed by mis-pronunciation and mis-naming. Everyone in Boston refers to 'Fort Independence' as Castle Island. No one in Southie would have any idea what you are referring to if you called it that.
George Guidall is an excellent narrator, not his fault but an irishman who came over when he was 8 still has a thick brogue 30 years later? Silly.
No one mangled a Boston accent. Better to not attempt it. A good call.
I think that the average high school graduate might enjoy this,
It was bad enough that I forgot I had it in my library.
I would listen to George read calculus books.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I hope for David Hosp two things.... (1) He did not waste too much more of his life than shows in writing this derivative story and (2) He kept whatever day job he has.
Maybe there was some unpredictable twist to this story but frankly it was so dull I kept losing attention. Unfortunately a better editor could only have helped this book's purchaser in one way... by rejecting the manuscript after a first scan. The reader and the cover are interesting.
First book I ever read by this author, and for sure, the last. Plot is predictable. Events are not believable, aparent "setups" can be "read" a mile away. Terrible, and the voice of the reader only makes it worse.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
A few flaws in character development, a few pronunciation problems in the narration; but overall, a modestly engaging mystery. Scott Finn doesn't seem to REALLY come from the street background the author proclaims -- seems a bit naive at times. And the cops? Well, the female was unprofessional if not unethical once or twice and the rest of them, not too memorable. Let's don't even talk about the lawyers! That said, I enjoyed this one. No book has to be perfect. . . and this one is far from it. Still, well worth the time and credit.
Excessive profanity is used to mask the lack of a well developed plot and sub-plots. Mr. Hosp needs to leave out the f-bomb and G.D. John Sandford and Michael Connelly manage to do this.
I WANT TO SCREAM!
WHO SHOULD I BLAME THE AUTHOR, THE NARRATOR, PRODUCER,PLEASE TELL ME WHO TO YELL AT.
ANYONE WHO HAS SPENT MORE THAN TEN MINUTES IN BOSTON WOULD KNOW THAT
IT IS WHITEY (JAMES J. )BULGER- PRONOUNCED (BULJER)!!! the g should have a "J" sound not "g" sound.
totally irritated me everytime the name was said.
other than that it was a good book!!
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