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The Survivors Club | [J. Carson Black]

The Survivors Club

Detective Tess McCrae investigates a grisly crime scene in the ghost town of Credo, Arizona. The evidence suggests a cartel drug hit. But Tess, with a nearly faultless photographic memory, sees what others might miss: This is no drug killing. Someone went to gruesome lengths to cover their tracks. The killer’s trail leads from Tucson to California - from anti-government squatters to the heights of wealthy society. As Tess follows the trail of gore and betrayal, perfect and indelible in her memory, she uncovers far more than one man’s murder and solves much more than one isolated crime.
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Tess McCrae investigates a grisly crime scene in the ghost town of Credo, Arizona. The evidence suggests a cartel drug hit. But Tess, with a nearly faultless photographic memory, sees what others might miss: This is no drug killing. Someone went to gruesome lengths to cover their tracks.

The killer’s trail leads from Tucson to California - from anti-government squatters to the heights of wealthy society. As Tess follows the trail of gore and betrayal, perfect and indelible in her memory, she uncovers far more than one man’s murder and solves much more than one isolated crime.

The Survivors Club is a serpentine, stay-up-all-night thriller from New York Times best-selling author and master storyteller J. Carson Black.

©2013 J. Carson Black (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An utterly engrossing thriller. The Survivors Club grips us from the very start and simply doesn’t let go. The novel seamlessly achieves that rarity in crime fiction: making our palms sweat while bringing the characters and their stories straight into our hearts. Bravo!" (Jeffery Deaver, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Amazon Customer 07-22-14

    Mac

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    "Survivor's club barely surviving"

    This book was "OK". I can't say much more than that. The plot and characters were a bit hard to follow which is not good for an audible book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Burns 06-17-14
    David Burns 06-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "What happeneed?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This was my first J Carson Black novel. The story was good but ended like there was a missed deadline. All of a sudden with three short chapters it was over. Disappointed..


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. Carson Black again?

    Not worth th money.


    Have you listened to any of Joyce Bean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely not.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rick 05-15-14
    rick 05-15-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Liked it; but..."

    This turned out to be a good mystery, well written and well plotted, didn't identify the killer or killers too quickly. It was also not what I thought I was getting. there are only limited references to the perfect memory of deputy Tess McCrae. I suppose that's better than the author centering the book on her memory; still a few more memory references would be a nice touch in the next work in the series. It's still worth the credit; a solid 3.8 rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    samantha anderson Twin Falls, Idaho 08-28-14
    samantha anderson Twin Falls, Idaho 08-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "predictable"
    Would you try another book from J. Carson Black and/or Joyce Bean?

    might


    What was most disappointing about J. Carson Black’s story?

    very predictable story.


    Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

    She does a good job with the feelings of the sheriff


    Did The Survivors Club inspire you to do anything?

    just sleep


    Any additional comments?

    kinda a boring story. Not a lot of action and when there is ... not enough details

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    barbara Brookside, Australia 08-24-14
    barbara Brookside, Australia 08-24-14 Member Since 2007
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    "OK but a weird ending"

    This book was just OK. The language was a little stilted and the end didn't really come together for me - the ending needed more development. The main character, Tess, was quite believable and the concept was good. However, it was as if the first and second halves of the book were written by different people or the second half was just written in a hurry. The first half developed well and held my interest but it went downhill from there. It lost my interest about 2/3 through and I only continued listening out of curiosity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia 08-22-14 Member Since 2011

    LauralOlivia

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    "Not your common receipe murder"
    Where does The Survivors Club rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very good among the murder mysteries genre. Most are predictable reasons for murder and the suspects obvious, not so here.


    What other book might you compare The Survivors Club to and why?

    I can't think of another.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Her different voices are not different enough.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. A 5 star book is one I want to listen to again. Later on I might listen to this again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 08-14-14
    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 08-14-14 Member Since 2011

    book keeper

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    "Narration performance is terrible."
    What disappointed you about The Survivors Club?

    The book, the story line would be reasonably good if the narration was not so distracting. I have to keep hitting replay in order to connect the story line because the narrator tries to use different voices for the characters. I can appreciate this method from an experienced narrator or one that is good, but I'm sorry for this book it is very distracting,


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I have not completed the book and I do not know if I will.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joyce Bean’s performances?

    Not at this point.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 08-06-14
    Robert 08-06-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Survivors Club the most enjoyable?

    Great content, great mystery.


    What other book might you compare The Survivors Club to and why?

    Just about any who-done-it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When I finally found out who the bad guy (guys) were.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Epic mystery!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books you can't put down. Very well played out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Sterry 07-25-14
    S. Sterry 07-25-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Good plot twists, entertaining !"
    Where does The Survivors Club rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle of the pack.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Survivors Club?

    The ending when all was revealed.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Man voices perhaps...she was ok tho overall.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Good book read, but movie...not so sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory MD 07-12-14
    Gregory MD 07-12-14 Member Since 2008

    I listen to a books while riding my bike, driving, running or working around the house. Keep your mind active.

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    "Lacking"

    Found the writing choppy and disconnected, in need of a strong editor. Never really identified with the characters and while the book centers around the female detective’s memory, in the end, that does not seem to play a significant role in the outcome. Narration was ok. Ending kind of just fizzles out. Not worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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