Long Beach homicide detective Danny Beckett can’t escape the pain. It’s everywhere: in the injuries that earned him a year-long medical leave; in the suffering of every victim he’s ever encountered; in the agony of his past. But he must keep the pain at bay to prove he still has what it takes to do the job. So it’s only fitting that his first major case back is a gruesome one: A California congressman’s daughter-in-law and grandchildren have been brutally murdered, and the carnage is some of the worst Danny’s ever seen. Is it a mob hit? Political retribution? A random sex crime?
Nothing quite adds up…until Danny and his partner, Jennifer Tanaka, begin scratching at the surface of the congressman’s picture-perfect family. Beneath the shiny, camera-ready veneer, Danny discovers a dark, twisted tale of suffering - even as the pain of his own past threatens to derail the investigation.
©2012 Tyler Dilts (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This was the second of the Daniel Beckett series I read it because I enjoyed the first one so much. Though written in the first person, the other characters are supporting, not add-ons, and they're a tight-knit group. Beckett's partner (no romantic theme) also has a life and Dilts weaves it into the story in a way that I didn't find distracting. It's refreshing that none of the cops is the typical ass of an idiot. If you're the kind of reader who enjoys off-plot ruminations that let you into the mind of the protagonist, such as Beckett listening to and thinking about NPR segments (Garrison Keillor's Writers Almanac and Terry Gross's Fresh Air), you'll find these add a lot of depth to the book. Though I figured out who dunnit before Beckett did, that didn't detract from the story. As soon as I finished listening to this one, I went straight to Audible and bought The Pain Scale. It isn't necessary to listen to them out of order. Dilts doesn't repeat aspects of Becketts day-to-day life so much that I felt irritated. Also, I was relieved that there aren't any "after a long moment" fillers. Two comments about the production: there's a lot of dead space between chapters that I had to get used to, and some dialog is read to sound like a run-on sentence. As I wrote in the headline, the dialog is good (as in natural, not so-so) and has shadings of subtle humor, strong opinions, and space to let the reader read between the lines.
A good title for this one, as the author gives us plenty of insight about chronic pain while solving his second murder mystery. I liked the book and wished I would have read it instead of listening. The narrator changed from the first installment and I had trouble with following this guy. Much of the time, all the voices sounded the same, which turned out to be a bad thing when there were so many characters to keep track of. The characters also had foreign names that were hard to keep track of. All and all it was a good crime story, but I would recommend the Kindle for this one.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
This story started off strong, but quickly became convoluted and ended in a whimper. There's are truly horrible triple murder and the introduction to what seemed like a great police team. However, a far fetched government conspiracy of sorts begins to reveal itself.
It's enough to say I am grossly disappointed with this novel.
Not really. It was good but not that good
He didn't overdo things with the female voices or accents or excessive attempts to differentiate the characters so that it came out forced
No,But very few books do.
My title says it all. I am not an experienced user (this is my first one) however, this was a total failure and synchronization. I spent far too much time trying to find my place when I went from one to the other, most especially going to the audio version. In fact, I generally gave up and settled for close enough, listening to the same thing I had read for several minutes. Not only did it not synchronize but fine-tuning was impossible as far as I could determine. Basically, it was not worth the effort.
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