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Luther: The Calling | [Neil Cross]

Luther: The Calling

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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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    Tamara Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-11-13
    Tamara Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-11-13
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    "Amazingly dark and rich"
    What did you love best about Luther?

    I am a fan of the show and it provided even more insight into the main character


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details. It describes each of the crimes and victims vividly.


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    John Oconomowoc, WI, United States 12-10-12
    John Oconomowoc, WI, United States 12-10-12

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    "A Must for Luther Fans"
    If you could sum up Luther in three words, what would they be?

    Heartpounding; Intriguing; Compelling


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Luther?

    There are two moments where otherwise disparate parts of the story come crashing together. The listener enjoys an "ah-ha" moment.


    What does David Bauckham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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    Debra smithfield, NC, USA 12-06-12
    Debra smithfield, NC, USA 12-06-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Dark and disturbing"
    What made the experience of listening to Luther the most enjoyable?

    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" .


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    What does David Bauckham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved all the subtle differences in the British dialects.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Cynthia Fulbright sherman,tx 12-04-12
    Cynthia Fulbright sherman,tx 12-04-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Good Book if you like the series"
    If you could sum up Luther in three words, what would they be?

    dark, intense, riveting


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story is good, gritty, and makes you know about the character Luther before the television series started.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margo 04-18-13
    Margo 04-18-13 Member Since 2002

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "Weak"

    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.

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    Margaret 12-28-12
    Margaret 12-28-12
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    "Want to learn how to abuse animalls and people?"
    What disappointed you about Luther?

    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.


    Has Luther turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did not detract from this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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