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Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense | [Adrian McKinty]

Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.
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Publisher's Summary

An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican. She's Detective Mercado, a police officer from Havana, and she's looking for answers to her father's death. McKinty's live-wire prose is riveting, right up to a final, shocking conclusion.

©2009 Barron's Educational Series, Inc.; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This amazing novel....has riveting mystery, politics of just about every shade, and thrills on almost every page. . . .This is going to be the BIG BOOK of 2009." - (Ken Bruen, author of The Guards and Once Were Cops)

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    Parusski Jackson TN 06-25-09
    Parusski Jackson TN 06-25-09 Listener Since 2000

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    "What a letdown"

    I was completely entranced with the Michael Forsythe series that began with "Dead I May Well Be." Forsythe was a character that was likable and believable. I have tried listening to "Fifty Grand" four times. So far I have only made it to the one hour mark. Each time I am confused and disapointed in this sad attempt by Mckinty. Those of us who love his previous works can only hope he gets back on track. Oh yeah, the narrator is horrible.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Frank DURHAM, NC, United States 06-01-09
    Frank DURHAM, NC, United States 06-01-09
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    "Audible recommended this?"

    This was really disappointing. Frequently, books that Audible recommends (e.g., The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) are good. This was not.

    The plot was hard to believe. I won't give spoilers, but the time frames are all wrong. At times, the novel is pointlessly violent. I don't mind violence, but in this novel, it felt like it was added on as a dramatic device.

    The narration was overdone. The reader tried too hard to do too many distinct voices. Most of the the male voices are grating. The Latin accent of the narrator was very forced. The reader has a nice speaking voice (when she reads the title at the start of each part), but I don't like this much drama in a reading.

    I've downloaded two clinkers in a row from Audible. I might just listen to music for a while.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 05-22-09
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 05-22-09 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Book, Terrible Narrator"

    Like a couple of other reviewers, this one reminds me as to why I don't like female narrators.

    The first time she did a male impersonation I laughed out loud because it was so bad. All of her character impersonations are TERRIBLE. She should have just read the book in the same voice! She actually has a good voice and does a good job when she is not doing a character voice.

    Anyway, I loved the story and the way the book folded out, so I gave it a 5-star rating anyway!

    It has a pulp fiction flashback style that eventually laces the characters and the story together quite effectively.

    For the reviewers who comment on choppy sentences, that's just McKinty's style - so if you didn't like it, don't try McKinty's others.

    I love it.

    The guy is spectacular in weaving in 2-3 word statements to describe a scene or situation perfectly. It's utter genious how he can do it so well.

    It does make you think a little more at times - which is probably why a few reviewers who would rather have every detail spelled out for them so they don't have to think may not have liked it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen naperville, IL, USA 05-16-09
    Karen naperville, IL, USA 05-16-09
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    "Worth the time"

    Other reviewers said this was slow getting into, but I disagree. You need to listen and let it unfold. I thought this was beautifully written and beautifully read; the narrator really became the character and did many accents very well. Highly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States 05-12-09
    Anthony FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States 05-12-09 Member Since 2006
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    "exceeded my expectations"

    Magical! Adrian McKinty is in a class all by himself. I applaud his originality and can't wait to read what comes next. This book is just as fantastic as the dead series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-30-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-30-14 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "Haunting"

    This is a very good experience. Adrian McKinty leaps the gap between reality and narrative... Hmmmm... No... Perhaps he heals it. And Paula Christensen brings Mercado's voice to haunting life... Particularly her internal voice.

    McKinty exploits suspense/mystery to examine an individual's options when culture, politics, and violence exert crushing pressure upon anyone, or anything that's impelled to act - individually. Sometimes McKinty's own drive to examine the trees though, distracts us from the forest. In this case Mercado's internal monologues occasionally pulled me out of the story arc and, well.... It's not good for the magician to remind the audience that his left hand's doing things when we want to be amazed by the right hand that's abruptly full of rabbit. Y'know?

    Maybe this book needed just a hair more editing and compression: hence my overall 4 rather than 5 stars. But hey... I am judging McKinley by his own standards and consequently I found this story, overall, to be unnecessarily slower than each of the others I heard before it.

    Regardless... "Fifty Grand" is marvelous. McKinty and Christensen are a powerful team of artists. Buy it, listen, and feeeel.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Seattle, WA, United States 10-26-09
    Cheryl Seattle, WA, United States 10-26-09 Member Since 2005
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    "One of the best writers alive"

    Great lyrical writing pulled me in immediately and kept me reading. I was very sad when I finished, so I bought the audio version and listened to it, too. If there was another media available, I'd buy that, too. It's that GOOD.

    Frank McCourt wrote this blurb about McKinty:
    "If you're a writer embarking on a new work beware of reading anything by Adrian McKinty. His prose is so hard, so tough, so New York honest you'll find yourself taking a knife to your work. He is a cross between Mickey Spillane and Damon Runyon - the toughest, the best."

    I agree.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Shoreline, WA, USA 05-28-09
    John Shoreline, WA, USA 05-28-09
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    "Spectacular"

    Excellent story. Terrific local color including Havana, Mexico, and Colorado. The narration by a native Spanish speaker added much to the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Millbrook, NY, USA 05-13-09
    James Millbrook, NY, USA 05-13-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Flashback with a Lisp"

    You would not think there would be much call for a narrator with a speech impediment but this narrator landed this gig. The book has so many flashbacks it makes you dizzy. This is a far cry from the "Dead" trilogy but still better than most.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Armstrong Tulsa, Ok 05-01-09
    Terry Armstrong Tulsa, Ok 05-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Better as it goes"

    I bought this title based on audible recommendation and initially thought I'd made a big mistake. After the first scene, things moved slowly with flash backs to fill in the gaps. It took me a while too to get used to this. The narrator did a good job but was not all that convincing as she read for different characters. About halfway through the story I became a little more engaged, though the development of the story still had difficulty holding my attention.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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