©2006 Michael Robotham; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"A thoughtful and subtle thriller, with convincing, three-dimensional characters." (Publishers Weekly)
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
If you read my reviews, you know I am a big fan of Robotham, so you can imagine how I was looking forward to this book. Therefore, it came as quite a surprise and disappointment for me to feel so ambivalent toward it.
I listened to it through to the end, although it felt like much too long a plod for me. I felt the story line was somewhat farfetched, also. This is a very dark and gritty novel that explores the seamiest and seediest side of life imaginable. Picture a child molester, picture traveling through sewers flowing with feces, add a missing and presumed dead little girl and a very damaged and deteriorating investigator, our own Vincent Ruiz.
Ruiz has spent the greater part of his life as an honest and successful criminal investigator and yet for some reason, he has no credibility and is distrusted and held in contempt by his superiors in this story. Just how did that happen? And going along with the current trend of very damaged law enforcement "heroes", he is several times divorced and alienated with his own children. Is this really supposed to endear us to him or make him somehow more interesting? I am getting sick and tired of broken and deteriorating detectives with wretched personal lives. Enough already!
On the bright side, Robotham has a very unique writing style that should not be discounted. It is effectively and very simply descriptive. You feel almost like you have been shrunken and put in the protagonist's shirt pocket. You can smell things he smells, you see what he sees, you hear what he hears. Little details that paint a picture for you. Robotham really has a knack for this. I only wish he would come up a little way from the dark shadows and sewers once in a while.
Ray Lonnen did a fine and very credible narration which is on a par with narrations by Sean Barrett, who has performed a number of the other books by this author.
While this isn't my favorite Robotham mystery, I am not giving it a thumbs down. I'm leaving it up to you to decide whether you want to dive in.
Not so bad that I wanted to stop before it was over - but not so good that I was ever excited about listening to it. It was okay....
Some have complained about the apparent digressions. However, these are eventually all tied together in terms of the motivation of the characters and the plot
This book did not have that great of review and it was not very expensive so I did not have high expectations. However, it was excellent! I normally just listen to books when traveiing. This book traveled with me throughout the day until late into the night until I finished it. I could not put it down.
I wish I could give these first two books in the series 10 stars. I am a fan of Steig Larson, Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, and Vince Flynn, whom I deem to be the very tops in mystery thrillers. If you are fans of these authors, I am sure you will be capivated by this series. I am now on the third book with great anticipation.
Yes I would for many reasons. The story keeps you guessing right up until the end. The characters are quirky, likable and entertaining. The narrator brought them all to life and kept the momentum flowing, from beginning to end.
I love a good detective thriller that keeps you guessing without the entanglement of a love interest.
No, I have not but certainly WILL in the future!
Yes, it was a thrill ride. No tears but lots of smiles.
Yes ... I listened to this book for 2 days AND am downloading book 3 as I write this review.*** listen to them in order***
The book (or the reader) was generally too slow. The main character, Det Vince Ruiz, has some good points but he is just way too bummed all the time: life is not good, things go bad, everybody hates me... Some of the story is really good but the reader is just so SLOW about everything.
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
I liked very much the two Robotham books that i've previously read, but i take an exception on this. While is overall well written,it has old the sins that a good thriller should not have : overly complex and unconvincing plot , abundance of clichés and lack of suspense. Evidently Robotham was not at his best ...
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