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Hallways in the Night | [R.C. O'Leary]

Hallways in the Night

When a veteran cop tries to arrest baseball's home run king, one of them ends up on trial and the other one ends up dead. A routine stakeout is almost over when Dave Mackno decides to pursue a speeding Porsche. It's a decision that will have deadly consequences. That's because the Porsche is being driven by Remo Centrella, baseball's home run king, who is half-drunk and at the tail-end of a steroid cycle that makes him think he's bulletproof.
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Publisher's Summary

When a veteran cop tries to arrest baseball's home run king, one of them ends up on trial and the other one ends up dead.

A routine stakeout is almost over when Dave Mackno decides to pursue a speeding Porsche. It's a decision that will have deadly consequences. That's because the Porsche is being driven by Remo Centrella, baseball's home run king, who is half-drunk and at the tail-end of a steroid cycle that makes him think he's bulletproof.

There's no way Remo is going to let a no-name cop arrest him. Especially since the woman in his car has a fresh welt underneath her eye.

For Atlanta Barons owner Ray Manning, the timing of the shooting couldn't be worse. With his oil company on the verge of a financial death spiral, he's running out of cash, and his investment bankers at Cohen, Wolfe are lining up to take full advantage of his situation. He's now in desperate need of the kind of justice that only money can buy.

©2014 R.C. O'Leary (P)2014 R.C. O'Leary

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    bec/audiothing 09-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A really good story"

    Bec's review Sep 02, 14 · edit
    5 of 5 stars
    bookshelves: gifted-for-review, reviewed
    Read from August 31 to September 03, 2014

    This book was gifted to me by the narrator in return for an honest and timely review.

    The story grabbed from the beginning, it drew me in and I did not want to stop listening.

    Atlanta, Detective Dave Mackno is on the third night of a tedious stakeout in the city. A Porsche is driven erratically through the street, the driver is restraining a woman.

    The gripping story begins! The driver of the Porsche is a baseball star, he is aggressive, he and Dave get into a fight which culminates in Dave shooting the star.
    The plot flies along and is full of surprising twists and turns through the murky world of politics, racism and the legal system. This book lacked the tedium of the never ending legal intricacies and long winded speechifying that, to me, signifies a legal thriller.
    I really enjoyed the ending, which, in itself held a surprise.

    The narration by Steven Jay Cohen was excellent, he acts the role of each character in such a way that the listener is easily able to identify each one. His voice has a pleasing rhythm and pace which added to my enjoyment of the story.
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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 09-03-14
    Karen 09-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Just when you think you know how it will end..."

    Disclosure: I received this audiobook in return for an honest review

    Take one professional sports star, a cheating wife, an old school cop, an ambitious district attorney, a late night shooting and what do you get? Those characters and that scenario form the foundation of R. C. O'Leary's Hallways in the Night. Just when you think you know what happened, the story unfolds yet again and you realize everything you thought was true and certain, wasn't. What initially seems straightforward is later found to be multi-faceted and complex. I wasn't sure how the story would end and didn't want to put it down. The narration adds wonderful nuance and ambience to the story. I was impressed by the variety of accents voiced by Mr. Cohen and their authenticity. This was a very interesting listen and I recommend it anyone who enjoys crime / legal thrillers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DK 02-15-15
    DK 02-15-15 Member Since 2013

    No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!

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    "*Review* Timely Police Drama Professional Athlete"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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    This is a really really good book. It is also timely here in the year of 2015.

    This is a mysterious 'who done it.' Once that is figured out, it is how the court proceedings go on that keeps you interested. What is the right thing to do? How do lawyers behave?

    This is about a superstar baseball player versus a lowly cop trying to do his job. I cannot go on without spoiling, as the hits and twist comes fast and from the beginning. An excellent mystery and moral dilemma for several of the main characters. I absolutely loved it and it is not because *I received a copy in exchange for my thoughts and review.* I will continue to seek out this authors work.


    Steven Jay Cohen was spot on and all of the performance; whether an old, rough senior or a young cop from the street. There were several main male characters and each one was given his own voice and it was very distinguishable.

    Note: strong language

    Credit worthy/$: I think this is credit worthy, the price is about the same as using a credit so it is a win either way



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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth L. Liberty, SC, United States 01-12-15
    Elizabeth L. Liberty, SC, United States 01-12-15
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    "A court room drama with twists at every turn"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed the character of Dave. You could see why he did what he did and you hoped for the best. It was interesting to find out some of his back story and the events that made him the cop he is.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Jay Cohen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to this book and then the very next book I listened to was Ted Saves the World, also read by Mr. Cohen. This is a court room drama and the other was more of a YA/New Adult genre book. Mr. Cohen is able to narrate each genre with ease. He is very believable as the characters in each of the books. I would love to listen to more by Mr. Cohen.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I liked the beginning when we meet Dave and his partner Bobby during the heated times of the Atlanta Child Murders in 1979/1980. We see what kind of people they are and thru out the book we encounter more of their back stories. The main part of the book is set in the present day. Dave stops baseball start Remo Centrella and during the course of the traffic stop an altercation occurs and Remo ends up dead. Was it self defense or was it more? We are taken thru a story that involves as the aspects of a tradition thriller. We meet people from Dave's past, Remo's life and the back stories of the lawyers are just as interesting.

    I would recommend this book to my friends that enjoy a good solid legal thriller. It keeps you wanting more and Mr. Cohen, as narrator, takes you there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Keefe France 12-10-14
    Susan Keefe France 12-10-14
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    "Great mystery thriller."
    Would you listen to Hallways in the Night again? Why?

    Yes, it was a very enjoyable story to listen to.


    What does Steven Jay Cohen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A very entertaining read with great characters which are bought to life by the talented narration of Steven Jay Cohen.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, because it was extremely good.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook starts in the way it means to go on with an action packed scene as Remo Centrella, baseball superstar and local hero, pumped up on steroids and feeling invincible narrowly avoids a collision with a large truck as he drives his red Porsche recklessly through the streets of Atlanta.

    In the same city, Veteran cop Dave Mackno and his partner are on a stakeout, it’s a hot sultry summer, and the tension is rising on the streets because there’s a child killer on the loose. Suddenly, the cops evening changes and the chain of events which follow result in an altercation between Veteran detective Dave Mackno and Remo, the result - the town’s most celebrated baseball player is dead, and the future of the team in jeopardy.

    Did Dave Mackno act correctly, could the death have been avoided? This is the basic storyline for this exciting, fast paced legal thriller which is steeped in intrigue, racism, and politics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi 09-03-14
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    "Awesome Legal Thriller"

    This book caught my attention from the very beginning. This is a wonderful story about what seems like a cut and dry police incident where the police officer made a few mistakes, this is what ends up taking him to court. The backstories and characters are all wonderfully woven together to make this legal thriller a great story.

    The narrator did a fabulous job. He has a very smooth voice and did an awesome job with the different characters and their accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Parsons 09-02-14
    M. Parsons 09-02-14
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    "Excellent Read"
    If you could sum up Hallways in the Night in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, intense, fast-moving


    What other book might you compare Hallways in the Night to and why?

    I haven't read many legal thrillers, but in terms of character writing and fleshing out I'd have to say King and Maxwell by David Baldacci.


    What about Steven Jay Cohen’s performance did you like?

    The smooth voice, and really making characters and story come to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the flashback to the cops letting the black kid go. The reality of the one cop letting the kid go and the argument with his partner the racist. It shows that human beings existed in the south though they were rare.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Oberhardt Home with my wife and cats 08-29-14
    Michael Oberhardt Home with my wife and cats 08-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Tense Courtroom Thriller"

    Hallways in the Night is a courtroom thriller about a police officer who becomes embroiled in an unfair court trial.

    The way the story hung together was brilliant. It starts with a reasonably cut and dry police incident, where an officer made some minor procedural mistakes (or rather just made some impulsive correct decisions), and nearly paid with his life, but surviving that finds himself in a court case driven by the corrupt rich and powerful, with money the motivator rather than any sort of justice, or even revenge. There are so many threads, back stories, and characters, and they are all woven together giving a satisfying end.

    I found myself getting pretty angry so many times throughout the book at the sheer injustice. And then I'd get more angry when the realisation hit me that it is sadly realistic.

    I didn't understand why the defence never bought up at the trial photos of the officer after the attack.

    The narration is excellent, and the character voices and accents are just brilliant - both American and English characters.

    The book ends with the hint of a sequel starting ten years later, and I'm eager to listen to this too!

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    med c 08-12-14
    med c 08-12-14
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    "A great thriller"
    Any additional comments?

    Good plot great job with characters especially loved the secondary story lines with all of the twists and turns of a real thriller and thought best part was the stories of how this "one" incident effected the lives of "real" every day people! A great thriller story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-14-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-14-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "We are introduced to a pair of police detectives,"

    We are introduced to a pair of police detectives, Dave Mackno and his partner, that work a part of town that few want to. Because it contains much of the poorer population and tends to have crime and violence. Right off the bat we get to witness the racism that both certain police have and their assailants and vice versa.

    Then while on a stakeout Mackno decides to investigate a suspicious situation. One that leads into a series of unfortunate events, between Mackno and the best baseball player the town has ever known.

    The characters are so impressively deep and colorful. Each time introduces a new player we are treated to a very interesting recap of what makes them tick. This was the driving force of this story. This was so much more than a whodunnit court room battle. O'Leary made me care for all of the characters, to the point of wanted everyone to win in the end.

    While everything plays out much like I expected, except for the twist at the end, that even got me. Normally I can see those coming a mile away, but not here. I couldn't stop listening. I needed to know more about the characters, much more than what was going to happen next.

    This was my first time listening to Steven Jay Cohen, he didn't disappoint. Even though at first I didn't think I was going to be able to finish the story. Very soft spoken raspy voice, average characterizations. Eventually I started to love the voice and all the subtle nuances, that I do not think everyone would notice. By the end I had to double check that this wasn't actually narrated by one of my favorites, Fred Burman.

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    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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