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The Barkeep | [William Lashner]

The Barkeep

Justin Chase is the perfect barkeep, tending bar as he lives his life, in a state of Zen serenity, until Birdie Grackle, a foul-mouthed alcoholic, walks into his bar and makes a startling confession. Six years ago Justin’s life was ripped apart when he discovered his mother’s bludgeoned corpse. Now Justin’s father is serving a life sentence and Justin drowns his emotions in a pool of inner peace. But when Birdie claims he murdered Justin’s mother for cash, Justin is hurled back to the emotions, back to the past, and, most frightening of all, back to the father he tried to leave behind.
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Publisher's Summary

Justin Chase is the perfect barkeep, tending bar as he lives his life, in a state of Zen serenity, until Birdie Grackle, a foul-mouthed alcoholic, walks into his bar and makes a startling confession.

Six years ago Justin’s life was ripped apart when he discovered his mother’s bludgeoned corpse. Now Justin’s father is serving a life sentence and Justin drowns his emotions in a pool of inner peace. But when Birdie claims he murdered Justin’s mother for cash, Justin is hurled back to the emotions, back to the past, and, most frightening of all, back to the father he tried to leave behind. Who hired Birdie Grackle to kill Justin's mother? As Justin pieces together the truth, a killing machine stalks Justin, leaving a trail of dead in his wake. Someone wants to bury the truth, and maybe Justin, too. Justin had better find some answers quick, because murder is just not Zen.

©2013 William Lashner (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 10-01-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 10-01-14 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Pour me another!"

    This is my second Lashner novel, The Accounting being the first one. Despite the mediocre ratings from other readers, I hoped the depth of character I discovered in the hero of the Accounting would also be found in the Barkeep's heroes. I was not disappointed.

    This novel is so much more than a great mystery. It's about redemption, new beginnings and facing the demons that chase us all. The heroes are everyday people who are placed in extraordinary situations.

    Luke Daniels did great with most of the characters, but there were a few whose character along with the voice he gave them grated on my nerves. Nevertheless it was very close to a 4 star effort

    This was a really fun book to read. It's very close to 5 star experience.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-06-14

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    "The Barkeep"

    Entertaining. Good not great.... As a former bartender, I appreciated the many references to the world "behind the board".

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Quilter Pine Island, MN, United States 03-07-14
    Quilter Pine Island, MN, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "wasn't an i can't wait to get back to it"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I didn't feel there was 12 hours of story to the book. Lots of twists and turns, but I wish a few of the loose ends had been tied up.


    Would you recommend The Barkeep to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It just want as thrilling as many of the other books I've read/listened to.


    Did Luke Daniels do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, he did different voices and was consistent with them. I've listened to others that are better.


    Was The Barkeep worth the listening time?

    For me, not really.


    18 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine72 11-14-14
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    "What a story"

    The story has many twist and turns all leading to a great ending. I will definately recommend this book to others. The narration wasn't bad but a larger range of voices would have been better. I will look for more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lorraine 11-11-14
    lorraine 11-11-14 Member Since 2011

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    "A cuddly bunch of bastards! Great Book!"

    At first I disliked the main character so much I was going to stop listening to this. But the Narrator Luke Daniels has that happy dog voice I like so much I just kept going. Then the Barkeep has some really good insights to drunks that I just kept going some more, then I was hooked by the whole bunch of just-missed-being-likeable characters. It was a bit hard to follow, it's a big gang of losers in this book but they were all written very human, but never quite making it to the likeable mark with the exception of the old policeman who follows people around most of the time till the ending. It was pretty thrilling though at the halfway point and is very well wrapped up. With the exception of whatever happened to the first girl with the slutty shoes? Did she ever find true love? They should have murdered her I guess, then I wouldn't wonder what her roll was for. I think I recommend you to give this a try, let me know if you figure out the girl with the slutty shoes.

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    Laura 11-10-14
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    "$3.95 was too much to pay"
    Would you try another book from William Lashner and/or Luke Daniels?

    Definitely not


    What was most disappointing about William Lashner’s story?

    Even the main character was not particularly engaging. About halfway through I stopped wondering what would happen to any of them.


    How could the performance have been better?

    STOP WITH THE GOOFY ACCENTS!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was on sale


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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