A brilliant stand-alone 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)
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.
This is essential if you liked the British TV show with Idris Elba. The book is a prequel, and it’s no slight cash-in for fans but a real, substantial crime novel that could stand on its own. But like the show, it’s can be creepy, gruesome and doesn’t shy from sexual fetishes. Often crossing ethical lines and ignoring his wife, John Luther investigates the case of a couple that’s butchered and an 8 1/2-month-old baby is cut from the woman’s stomach. Bechdel test: I don’t think it passed. Grade: A-
The narrator is excellent and does a strong Elba impersonation.
I like the book version better than the video that is currently running on PBS in the US. The story line is solid, character development is uneven and fussy, the mystery kept me listening to the end.
Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule
A very good read, and leads into the TV series quite seamlessly... This isn't a book for anyone w/ delicacy of thought or sensibility... It's quite dark and gruesome and at times uncomfortably real and deviant... WARNING!!! If you cannot handle any sort of animal abuse in your fiction run, don't walk away from this one... The descriptions of such are exceedingly discomfitting... The violence overall, while not gratuitous, certainly gives a large dose of ajita... It has excellent and at times an intense pace, great characters, and a nicely overlapping set of story arcs... The main mystery is nicely constructed and satisfactorily concluded... I thought the narration was adequate if unexceptional... Would have been a. Much better read w/ better production, but still worth it...
This book was hands down my favorite of 2015! The story just grabbed me with the right amount of intrigue and suspense in addition to the questionable actions by the hero.
The reader was also perfect giving each character a unique voice - loved that!
My only gripe is that I wish that a couple of the story lines were wrapped up a bit more. But maybe those will be addressed in subsequent books (?).
All in all - 5/5 stars from me!
I loved watching the series Luther, except for the episode with the man who licks his victims. Too creepy. This audio book goes too far in that direction for my taste.
This is a great listen. Possibly only average but then I listen to many many audios. It was well worth the credit I used to obtain it.
Certainly not in the middle of the seat.
When Luther came across his suspect face to face
His female partner made a big impact on the story line.
I would suggest this audio to others. It is worth the listen. Entertaining and keeps you guessing where Luther might end up
it give a back story to how he became the man he is
yes but it should have been idriss elba doing it:)
some of the stuff is really gruesome, really the tv show has some scary stuff, this book is way way way more gruesome, hearing the narrator narrate how the villian butchers his victems is not a calming read, every hit from the disabilitating hit to the knee, the hits to the face, the well you get the gist of it
don't read this in public transport people will see you flinch and if you read at night, well sleep might not come easy
74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books
Reading is, first and foremost, a matter of taste. IMHO this one's a bit too British for mine. I love a good police procedural but I guess local (US based) cases appeal to me more, and getting through the heavy British accent of the narrator (appropriate as it might be) was too much for me.
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