Who killed Tom Sattler? Who stole $350 million from New Vision Strategic Investments? It's up to Harry Starke to figure it out.
The call came on a Tuesday evening in the middle of August at around 9:30. It was from an old school friend that Harry Starke hadn't heard from in almost five years, and he hadn't thought about him in almost as long. Tom Sattler wanted to meet with Harry urgently, and it wouldn't wait until morning. When Harry arrived at Sattler's luxury home less than an hour later, he found him dead, lying in a pool of blood, a single gunshot wound to the head, and .22 revolver lying close to his hand.
Suicide? If he was going to do that, why the hell did he call me?
The search for an answer to that question starts Harry on a wide-ranging investigation that involves murder, corruption, organized crime, and deception.
©2015 Blair Howard (P)2016 Blair Howard
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Poor Harry, talk about be caught in suspicious circumstances, how could he have foreseen that a phone call from someone he hadn't seen in years would land him in such a precarious situation? There he is, in the house of his long ago friend Tom, problem is, Tom is very dead, along come the police and the tale begins.
Lieutenant Kate Gazzara and Harry Starke are old friends, well, they were once, in fact for years they were very close until a certain incident involving another woman put paid to that. However, Kate and Harry continue to occasionally work together. Harry, an ex police officer now works as a private investigator, Kate takes advantage of the fact that Harry can do things that she, as an officer of the law, would get fired for if she were to do them. Maybe not ethical, but their system works, and Kate is usually there to help extricate Harry from the troubles arising from his methods.
Harry needs all his wiley ways to solve this one, it's a real humdinger of a twisty tale and I reckon the most experienced of armchair sleuths would be hard put to solve this one. For a start, there are just so many possible suspects, but slowly Harry and his team whittle them down until they get to the bottom of it. Have to say, it's a really interesting outcome!
I'm not sure why I like Harry so much, he's like the iron fist in a kid glove, smooth, suave and polished, but underneath it all he really is as hard as nails. He can say the most dreadful things yet make them sound like a compliment, he doesn't hold back on dishing out the physical punishment either, and because he seems such a charming character, the violence does come as a bit of a shock.
Harry loves women, he does seem a little weak in the presence of a beautiful female, he just knows he ought to say no but, somehow, talks himself into doing just the opposite.
This book, like the first, is full of interesting characters and their personalities are well written making the reader feel involved with them, they stay in your head long after the story has finished. This was a great read.
There could not be a more perfect narrator for Harry Starke than Tom Lennon, I can't fault his performance. He captures Harrys charm, yet when Harry is at his most thuggish and threatening, Tom makes these threats sound like a verbal caress, cleverly insinuating that there is a deeper and more frightening aspect to Harrys character. This in turn adds adds an extra dimension of interest to the story made possible only through an outstanding narration
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Yes, in my opinion, this is Noir in the most positive definition of that genre. Harry Starke is a Hero you can root for. There are eight or more stand alone books in the series. Entertainment value to time investment? Very good.
Though there are recurring characters, the crimes and investigation are different. Harry can be methodical, sometimes impulsive. Doggedly uncovering the murder of a long ago acquaintance, and the theft of a huge amount of money, and how the two are tied together.
Tom Lennon becomes the character. He keeps the story moving. I appreciate that his style is grounded, not gimmicky or over the top. Real to the characters imagined by author and listener.
I had to listen in several time segments, but on the one hand, I savored the audio book by necessity.
This is a favorite series. Thanks for the chance to listen!
This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks Mr. Lennon!
I don’t usually read many books from this genre, but I really enjoyed this one. The narration brought the story to life and held my interest throughout. The story was well thought out, complete and will keep you listening. I will be watching for this author in the future.
* I was provided a free copy of this book from AudioBookBlast for an honest review.
Not sure, but the voices of all the various characters did a lot to making it a fun experience.
Harry Starke. This guy is just someone you would like to sit and have abeer with.
Harry Starke. He became Harry and I would have a hard time now after two books "seeing" Harry with a different voice.
This second Harry Starke novel has been sold on the series. Will be listening to number three this coming week. I did like this slightly more than the first. I think the author has had time to fill out the characters a little and they are all more interesting and believable.
Didn't read the book so can't answer.
A PI based in Chattanooga is unique to begin with. Great local color. Nice to not be LA or NYC for a change. I have to admit right till the end I never figured out who did it even though we had all the clues. Loved the double crime - murder and theft - Are they connected?
He is laid back and real. No screaming or yelling, just nice smooth delivery.He was Harry Starke. An actor that played every role, not just read the book. A different kind of voice, but ideal here. I thought all the dialects were right on.
Cry? No though there was certainly some sadness to a few of the characters experiences that generated empathy. Even though there was a lot of violence at times, the entire book was full of witty conversation so I know I did laugh at times. The author has a real knack for writing dialogue that seems real.
I will keep my eye on this series. Will download #1 today. This could be a series to really fall in love with! Time will tell.
I really liked the Original Harry Starke #1. Blair Howard seems to have a gift for great mystery plotting and this one is not only interesting but very plausible to me.
I love a series novel. The Characters all fill out and become more real with each additional volume and many of those we met in #1 are back here. By #3 they will no doubt be all old friends - I will buy that one as soon as the audio is released as well.
Chattanooga private eye Harry Starke is one tough SOB, a man's man. He has hard fists, hard muscles, and at least one hard organ, with which he seems to do most of his thinking. He is contacted by an old classmate he hadn't heard from in years to come over on account of some emergency. By the time Harry gets there, the caller is dead. It turns out the victim was a fund manager and millions are missing. From there it looks like this is going to be a closed door mystery, with a fixed set of suspects all of whom had motive and opportunity. Then you find that the door isn't so closed. The number of potential suspects quickly balloons.
Harry teams up with an old flame police detective to work the case. Almost immediately the hated but gorgeous anchorwoman who previously did a number on Harry now wants to work with him, too. As mentioned, Harry lets his organ make that decision. The storyline is pretty standard stuff. The police detective does the legal sorts of investigation while Harry works outside those inconvenient legal niceties. I won't spoil the plot by going into it further. This book is all about style anyway. Harry must be one hunky stud since every "stunning" (a word used to describe almost everything in the book from scenery to women) woman wants to jump in bed with him. Several succeed.
The author has a real knack for description. He's able to evoke a vivid picture of every character and the Chattanooga area's many charms. There's plenty of action. The violence is only beginning when the first murder victim is discovered. Fans of gunfights, fistfights, and broken bones will not be disappointed.
A big turnoff for me, though, was Starke's character. Out of the blue he tortures one of the suspects, someone who isn't even clearly a bad guy. I don't like gratuitous cruelty and sadism, but it's to be expected and tolerated in mysteries to demonize the bad guys. When the main character does it, I have a hard time liking him. He also is supposedly in a relationship with a woman who is out of town, but that doesn't stop him from bedding the bevy of beauties that besiege him. So he's a sadist and cheats on his girl. I came away thinking of him as just as much of a thug as the guys he beats up.
The reader is excellent. His rich voice and folksy, homespun accent is reminiscent of Andy Griffith. It has an authentic-sounding southern charm, although he can do a dead on east coast mobster accent just as well. He's able to do the women's voices without sounding squeaky or silly, too. He does read at an exceptionally leisurely pace, which is appropriate for the setting and character, but if that pace bothers you, I recommend doing what I did - turn up the speed on your Kindle. I'd never used that feature before but I'm sure I will in the future.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
I love a good mystery, and the plot was good. The male protagonist just irked me to no end. He spent more time trying to bed several women than
actually trying to solve the crime. The ones he didn't sleep with, he day-dreamed about. The main plot was slow and dragged all the way to the
The narration was dull and unenthusiastic. Sorry but I won't look for more from this author.
I love audio books! I love to read and this opens up even more time to enjoy a good story.
No I this is not my choice in reading or listening.
To many changes to make. I am sure he has a following it just is not me.
Yes I thought Tom did a good job.
Most of them.
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