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Fifty Grand Audiobook

Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

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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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    Jeff Bargersville, IN, USA 06-10-09
    Jeff Bargersville, IN, USA 06-10-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrible naration choice"

    About one out of fifteen audio books I have to stop listening to and this was one. As a previous review argued, the female narration is simply out of place with the brutality of this story (regardless of the gender of the characters). Still, it wasn't even well done. As a huge fan of McKinty's other books, I was terribly disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roelof Chicago, IL, USA 06-09-09
    Roelof Chicago, IL, USA 06-09-09
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    "Awful, wish I could get my money back"

    This qualifies as the worst audio book I have listened to.

    The male accents are grating, the story line is all over the place, huge parts of the story are pointless and far fetched and I found myself skipping forward so I could get through it.

    This was an audible recommendation. I have learnt my lesson as far as their recommendations are concerned.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark sierra madre, CA, USA 05-29-09
    Mark sierra madre, CA, USA 05-29-09
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    "Narrator ruined the story"

    For the past month I've been trying to get through this book. I'm two hours into the book and about to give up. I suspect there's a decent story here but the narration is so poor -- complete with a lisp -- that it makes the book impossible to appreciate. Someone should have listened to her read before hiring her.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 05-16-09
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 05-16-09 Listener Since 2003

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    "Wish I liked it more"

    I am such a McKinty fan and truly enjoyed his other four. This one just did not connect. I will not give away plot in explaining what I found unbelievable in the main character and the flaws in the plot, but more than once in this book the story was discordant.

    I also had trouble with the narrator although for reasons perhaps not her fault. I find in general that men can do a better job of women voices than women can do men. Other than the main character, all others in the book were men and her efforts to distinguish them by different voices made some of them sound foolish in their roles.

    If you have not read a McKinty and would like a great story and an outstanding narration, pass this one by and start with the Dead series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Pompano beach, FL, USA 05-15-09
    Chuck Pompano beach, FL, USA 05-15-09
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    "What a bore!"

    Billed as novel of suspense. What a joke. No suspense. No interest. Boring. Tedious. Nothing happens. Tired of 2 and 3 word sentences.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 05-09-09
    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 05-09-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting and well written"

    I agree with a previous reviewer - not many people to like in the book. That being said, it is well written, thought provoking and gets better as it goes. Worth sticking with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth San Francisco, CA, USA 10-27-09
    Elizabeth San Francisco, CA, USA 10-27-09
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    "Pointless..."

    is how I find the story of this book. I found it hard to identify with the 'heroine'...and yes, I realize it is because we come from different backgrounds and perhaps this is what the author was trying to get at. But I can't enjoy a book when I not only can't sympathize...I can't even empathize with the situation.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Howald 07-21-09
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    "Predictable and Implausible."

    I could not begin to understand what motivated the protagonist, and the timeline seemed absurdly implausible. This was the worst book I've listened to in ages.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rik in SE Southern United States 06-17-09
    Rik in SE Southern United States 06-17-09 Member Since 2015

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    "RikinSC"

    In 400 downloads, by far the worst! Buy something else.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Marks Ennis Montana 05-16-09
    R. Marks Ennis Montana 05-16-09 Member Since 2014

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    "Deathly slow"

    The story was far from original. There was no real mystery. The only suspense was why the author took such a tedious path of explaining the ending which was actually the first chapter. I only completed the "listening" because I thought that with all the good ratings, the best was yet to come.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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