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Trigger City Audiobook

Trigger City

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Publisher's Summary

The facts: A lonely woman was murdered by her disturbed coworker. The police have investigated. The case is closed. But facts are not truth.

A routine investigation of an open-and-shut case is just what PI Ray Dudgeon needs to recover from the physical and emotional consequences of confronting the Chicago Outfit - until "routine" spirals out of control. The victim was no quiet, unassuming, unlucky single woman; she lived a double life in the shadowy realm of covert intelligence...and she died for the truth.

Suddenly, Ray's ensnared in a conspiracy of darkness that weaves its way through the very fabric of the nation, and in grave danger of becoming collateral damage in America's war on terror. And his greatest enemy may be himself.

©2009 Sean Chercover; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • 2009 Dilys Award

What Members Say

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    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 12-12-13
    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 12-12-13
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    "Entertaining All the Way Through"

    Some books take a while to build up your interest. Some never get to that point. The last one I listened to, I had to give up on after a few hours - rare for me.

    It was nice that this one was entertaining from start to finish. Joe Barrett was a new refreshing voice for me - you can get tired of hearing the same great voice over so many adventures by different authors.

    I enjoyed the action, mystery, political subtext, and the ending. I can't figure out why this book is only showing as a 3.8. The ending may have something to do with it. Good doesn't always triumph over evil - but can sometimes do just enough to keep a little of it at bay.

    This is a good introduction to the colorful, imperfect detective. Ray Dudgeon and the backdrop of Chicago makes this a ripping good yarn.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Kansas City, MO, United States 05-14-12
    Douglas Kansas City, MO, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Refreshing Detective Thriller"
    Any additional comments?

    Chercover is fresh and original. The crime novel seems to have a formula that you see over in over in most books, but Chercover has taken a different approach to make the protagonist real. And having lived in Chicago for a number of years, I agree with the way he portrays this great city, and bemoans the loss of some of its gritty character.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony L. Dewitt Jefferson City, MO United States 01-14-13
    Anthony L. Dewitt Jefferson City, MO United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Marlowe Style First Person Hard Boiled Detective"
    What made the experience of listening to Trigger City the most enjoyable?

    Chicago is a dirty, gritty city. There are cops on the take, and the government is corrupt. This is the background for Checover's novel, apparently the second in a series involving detective Ray Dudgeon. Chercover's first book, Big City, Bad Blood, is on my list to read next.
    Ray smokes too much, drinks too much, and has awful luck with women. He has a general distaste for authority figures, but gets along well with his cop pals. He's asked to learn the "truth" of a woman's death for a grieving father, and winds up finding a lot more than he bargained for.
    If you like hard boiled detective fiction, you will like Chercover's work. I liked it so much, I decided to go read the first novel in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ray Dudgeon


    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his voice characterizations were very good.


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

    Sometimes the truth doesn't set you free....


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, really enjoyed it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Trigger City"

    I just finished listening to trigger city and I thought it was great! The hero is a down to earth big city type that is wonderfully read by Mr. Barrett. If you like Elvis Cole, Joe Pike or Wambaugh's characters you will love Trigger City

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda Snyder 11-28-11
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    "First Chercover book and definitely not the last."

    I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and there was a lot of action without lots wasted words. The narration was done quite well too. I will definitely add this author to my "watch for new books" list.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Atlanta, GA, USA 07-02-12
    James Atlanta, GA, USA 07-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A New Find"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trigger City to be better than the print version?

    Don't know.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Ray Dudgeon stays one step ahead of me, and I'm pretty good.


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

    First time


    Any additional comments?

    My first, but not last, from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Harris 03-06-12
    S. Harris 03-06-12

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    "Good listen!"

    Main character was someone I wanted to put my arms around and say, "Life sucks, don't it?" Look forward to the next listen to learn if his life gets any better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    leslie suelter San Diego, CA 07-12-15
    leslie suelter San Diego, CA 07-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I really like books narrated by joe barret."

    sometimes, the story can be great, but if I can't get into the voice, then in doesn't matter. I have started searching for books bas ed on the reader. and Joe Barrett is a new favorite. like the story here too. right amount of action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 05-09-14
    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 05-09-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Thouroughly enjoyable."

    The narrator even does a Midwest accent when he is quoting a Chicago reporter, then an Asian woman. He helped an already good writer bring the story to life. Well done!

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    Jill 01-17-14
    Jill 01-17-14
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    "Great Narrator..oh and the Story was OK"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    In todays world, actively and enthusiastically promoting cigarettes as well as drinking and driving can be a buzz kill. I would recommend limiting the many lines promoting smoking to a rare few. There's nothing wrong with one or 2 characters lighting up, but when the majority does, it takes away from enjoying the book.


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

    The twist as the story progresses towards the climax. The nearly constant references to cigarettes.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely awesome!!! He definitely has it.


    Do you think Trigger City needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really, the ending says it all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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