A brilliant standalone crime novel and prequel to the acclaimed BBC series by the show’s creator and sole writer....
Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He’s a murder detective with an extraordinary case clearance rate. He’s obsessive, instinctive, and intense. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumors that Luther is bad - not corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. He seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn’t - things well beyond the limits of the law.
Edgar Award-winning writer Neil Cross has created one of the most compelling characters in modern crime fiction - a man who may be a force for good, or hell-bent on self-destruction. For fans of the award-winning series starring Emmy-nominee Idris Elba, and for all lovers of crime fiction, Luther is hailed by The Guardian as “Britain’s own Stephen King.”
©2011 Neil Cross (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
“Luther is to crime fiction what his historical counterpart was to religion.…Gripping, taut fiction by a new master in the genre” (Guillermo del Toro)
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As an American, I preferred to listen to the narration of this story rather than use my own inner voice for the characters. English accents are fascinating, and David Bauckham, does an excellent version of Luther's persona.
Luther, obviously. He's a smart character and makes the tough choices. And well written. I don't listen to many police dramas, but I could definitely find time for more Luther. In some ways, Luther is like that bald guy on the TV show The Shield (at first anyway). Even when he starts crossing the line, like going vigilante a little bit, I'm right there rooting for him.
I'm looking forward to Peter James book called "Dead Tomorrow". Thanks in part to all the links Audible provides to authors and narrators on their website.
Yes, just like I wanted to watch all of the episodes of the TV series at once too!
Yes. More Luther Please!
I am a fan of the show and it provided even more insight into the main character
The details. It describes each of the crimes and victims vividly.
Heartpounding; Intriguing; Compelling
There are two moments where otherwise disparate parts of the story come crashing together. The listener enjoys an "ah-ha" moment.
Mr. Bauckham gives voice to the characters. Though this is not a dramatization, you do get the sense of seeing or hearing different actors portraying the different characters.
He is a master of several british realm accents, allowing the listener to believe that they are listening to the characters and not a narrator.
I loved the authors attention to detail without getting too verbose! One example that stuck in my mind was " the smell of old dust on a warm lightbulb" .
Very graphic and dark story, but I like those kind! Very fast paced with lots of action. He does a great job of portraying a very sick and twisted mind.
I loved all the subtle differences in the British dialects.
I loved the tv series, which did a very good job of bringing Luther to life, but the detail in the book is wonderful. Great author. Can't wait for the next one!
dark, intense, riveting
the story is good, gritty, and makes you know about the character Luther before the television series started.
This will be a hard book to listen to if you are squeamish, but it is a good book. It is graphic in the description of the criminal activity.
I bought this book based upon the strong reviews, but it didn't live up to my expectations. The character development of the villain was very weak. First, the author wants us to believe he is this methodical, careful, experienced killer, then we see the guy wailing on people out on the sidewalk. What? Really?
The plot wasn't all that strong, either. I came very close to shutting it down with about 2 hours left, but somehow managed to stick it out.
There are better murder mysteries out there.
The violence in the story Luther was a true disappointment. Depicting the nature of 'evil' does not have include such descriptive ways to hurt people and animals . I couldn't finish the book in an effort to stay away from images forming in my head as I read this book.
The narrator did not detract from this book.
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