Ann Silver is a cop’s cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region’s most trusted investigative positions. Paul Falcon is the FBI’s top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder.
Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn’t expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention.
The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former vice president. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is....
©2012 Dee Henderson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I have read almost everything Dee Henderson has ever written and think she's immensely talented. That said, this book was not her at her best. The main character was a writer and in the story she is the author of the O'Malley series (another series Henderson wrote). The constant praise of her O'Malley series in the book was so prolific, I actually felt embarrassed for Dee. The constant doting on her writing and compliments about how talented she (Ann, the author who Dee Henderson kind of modeled after herself) felt arrogant and unlike her.
Note to authors everywhere. If you're writing a book about someone (who's modeled after yourself), don't sing your own praises. Let someone else do it...outside the book. You're better than that.
Probably not, although I have read that her other work is not like this.
More believable characters, less banal conversation.
The way the book is set up, there are only 2 primary characters, both of which became like nails on a chalkboard. It was not the performance that was the problem,.Mr. De Vries did a fine job--and his voice reminded me of the late Kidd Kraddick, which may have been what kept me listening.
Frustration. I have a hard time paying for a book and not finishing, and this was like punishment.
I thought I was purchasing a mystery/thriller, or at least police procedural, with a romance thrown in. What I got was the opposite, except without the spark (as another reader put it, it was more like a business merger than a romance). The police work was treated like an afterthought, taking a backseat to page after page of boring dialogue between two people getting to know each other, mostly over video chat. The characters were totally unbelievable, and the dialogue was at times amateurish.
It is a bit too Preachy and religious for my taste in books
a decent Story . I likes the voice of the story teller
The main character (Ann Silver) is portrayed with a very unlikable personality...an introvert who would rather be alone than around people, constantly consumes unhealthy food (donuts & hot chocolate) and just is plain boring! This kind of persona is not attractive to listeners yet the author makes Ann sound like a person everyone wants to be around! Paul Falcon, who is madly in love with a person who is totally unlike him in every way, is an interesting character, but the story line is unreal as a person like him would not find an Ann Silver type attractive...she doesn't want kids, wants 1 full week in isolation per month (how selfish), constantly has nightmares and is whining about this problem or that. Yikes...
This book was painstakingly slow to listen to as the story line barely moved along...too much detailed explanation about the different criminal cases and every little incident has to be recorded...what they ate, what tree limb broke, how many birds flew overhead...I've listened to other books in this genre that were amazing!
He did an excellent job with the different voices, and read at a good pace. The story line dragged, which is not his fault.
Dee Henderson has written some good books, but this one is not worth the time.
I will be returning this book as it is too painful to listen to...was putting me to sleep while driving and my mind kept wandering.
People who want to mix God with their mysteries. Solving crimes with 'faith' and conversations with 'Lovely' -- it's just not for me.
Trite, predictable, anticlimactic. Less of a story than a psalm.
He's just fine, but the story he reads is problematic.
Nope; unless I bought it during a BOGO sale.
A bit too religious for me.
Ann was a bit too much to believe - overly accomplished but no self confidence.
The talks with God
This book was packed to the brim with preachy religious overtones which was a huge turn off. The story line was all over the place and didn't have a shred of credibility to it. The characters were not convincing and it didn't translate well to the spoken word - no one actually talks like these characters are written.
This is the second book that I have gotten from Audible that the heavy Christian overtones were not obvious until I bought it. If a story was Hindu, it would have been clear from the description. I do not appreciate having values that I do not agree with being imposed in a novel. It would be different if I had willingly chosen it for that reason. Descriptions should be clear.
Her description should include her Christian theme.
I expected an FBI thriller, but the first hour was spent cataloging qualities of an ideal wife by a self-absorbed potential husband, and the man's personal relationship with Jesus. Don't bother.
This was the lamest heroine Dee has ever written. The story made her seem weak to the point that it was annoying. Everyone has vulnerabilities but this character seemed almost pathetic.
Sure, her other books have had better story lines and character development.
The narrator detracted from the story. I think his inflections made the male main characters seem effeminate and the lead female all the more timid.
I wouldn't cut a character I would like a stronger story line.
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