©2000 T. Jefferson Parker; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Ingenious, intricate, complicated yet credible, a real page-turner. There are leaks, leads, false leads, and an express train of an ending. Within the crackling tale, a quieter current carries an unforeseen and ill-starred love affair. A man much praised doesn't need more encomiums; T. Jefferson Parker deserves all he gets." (Los Angeles Times)
"One of Parker's best - and that's a major statement considering his track record." (Chicago Tribune)
I've read most Parker books, he's generally very, very good with an occasional clunker. This is not one of them. The story starts slow with two characters that are initially unlikeable, but gains momentum throughout. I found myself marveling at the complexity of the police work as the two detectives chase the bad guy.
I've not heard the reader before. I'll say that very good readers - Scott Brick and Dick Hill come to mind - often have me admiring their range of voices or accents. Exceptional readers, though, seem to deliver the book directly to your brain without you even noticing that it's being read - it's seamless, flawless, always in character and compelling. That was Tavia Gilbert.
Overall, the last ten minutes are a bit superfluous and a bit corny, but it was great ride getting there and this is one book I'm sorry had to end.
Nothing against women narrators, but the main character Tim Hess is supposed to be a gruff, seasoned detective and hearing a woman try and do his voice did not do it justice. I just feel the main character and the narrator probably need to be the same gender.
The story had promise, but there were too many things that distracted from the story.
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