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.
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.
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.
Not a commuter so listen to audible books when I'm in the car driving on a long trip or at home housecleaning (not as often as I should). Love reading a good book and love the riveting suspense of listening to a good mystery, but hate not being able to race to the end like I do when I read - but it does make a good book last longer.
Absolutely. Intricate, detailed story that unfolds nicely as the book progresses. The characters and their actions and reactions are authentic. I enjoy it when characters seem genuine and his were pretty well-fleshed out. If I had been reading this book it would have been "one I couldn't put down." The narration by Joe Barrett was spot-on. I can envision him doing Jack Reacher. There weren't too many characters that made it difficult to remember who was who, but there was plenty going on to keep me very interested. The book was fast-paced and didn't have unnecessary details as filler. If you enjoy Michael Connelly, Lee Child (except for his latest), etc. you will enjoy Trigger City.
The protagonist, Ray, of course. Fallible, genuine and fully-developed.
Can the real secret be uncovered before the next person dies?
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.
his voice characterizations were very good.
Sometimes the truth doesn't set you free....
Great book, really enjoyed it.
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
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.
Ray Dudgeon stays one step ahead of me, and I'm pretty good.
My first, but not last, from this author.
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.
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.
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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