A Dangerous Quest....
One life is wiped out and three more are changed forever: the young man whose finger was on the trigger, the aging gangster planning a deadly revenge, and the pregnant woman who struggles desperately to uncover the truth. How will she, two weeks away from giving birth, now cope in a world where death is an occupational hazard?
A Shocking Twist....
In a city where violence can be random or meticulously planned, where teenage gangs clash with career criminals, and where loyalty is paid for in blood, anything is possible. Secrets are uncovered as fast as bodies, and the story's final twist is as breathtakingly surprising as they come.
©2008 Mark Billingham; (P)2009 Tantor
"Excellent.... Billingham does for South London what Richard Price does for Manhattan's Lower East Side in Lush Life." (Publishers Weekly)
"Billingham writes sensitively and sympathetically about both the pregnant wife and the gang initiate while keeping the tension high with suspenseful plot twists." (Library Journal)
The reader helped a rather limp story.
No. I have already forgotten the story.
My first Stephen Hoyle and will look for more.
the Gadget Queen
To be fair, I cannot rate the book itself because I couldn't get through it. I love Mark Billingham's books, and Robert Glenister has been the perfect narrator -- gets all the accents, the voices, the rhythms of speech. This narrator -- why would they use an American narrator for a book in which a range of accurate British accents is so important? -- speaks at the speed of molasses, goes in and out of accents (when he bothers to take a stab at them -- mostly he butchers them) and makes the book boring. Because I like Billingham's work and am interested in reading this new stand-alone, I will buy the printed book and enjoy it that way -- life is too short to listen to a narrator butcher a book. Who picks these people?
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