I think this one falls somewhere in the middle. I've listened to much worse (The Lock Artist) and too many better to name. I do think this was good, i..Show More »mplausible at times, main characters were slightly immature for their ages but... This is fiction rather then fact so it was completely enjoyable.
The plot is reminiscent of, well, the author's first novel: a normal sort of person is lured into a life of crime almost by chance and gets more and m..Show More »ore corrupted by the experience as he goes along. To be honest, I was a little surprised: was this going to be Mr. Laukkanen's premise in every novel? (Could we expect, for example, an art teacher to become an art thief in his next one?) Still, the writing was so entertaining -- and Mr. Ballerini so superb as the reader, as usual -- that I didn't really mind. In the end, I found it to be even better than The Professionals. The line between the good and the bad guys is clearer here. The personal 'qualities' that make the main character keep on robbing banks more believable (although there are plenty of improbable coincidences but, again, I did not mind). Tons of surprises. Tons of fun.
I'm really enjoying this series. It has just enough twists to keep it interesting and make it different and surprising compared to other cop series...Show More »r/>As expected, in this book, the relationship between Stevens and Windermere gets more complicated. There is good tension without taking away from the action and the story. The bad guys were good in this one. The mastermind and minions kept me guessing and kept it interesting. The action, complexities, and level of badness in the criminals were great. The pace of the story and action were good too. The thing that dropped it to four stars was the continuous attempts to try to describe the mental illness of a couple of characters. It was too abstract, filled with hyperbole, and was repeated way too many times which made it tedious.
The first two in this series were both based on amateur and almost reluctant criminals which I really, really liked, but maybe that's not scalable in a series.
I don't like the narrator's voice and accent sometimes for Windermere, that's why he only gets for stars.
I recommend this book and I'll listen to the next one.
After reading Laukkanen's first 3 books I decided to try this one as an audio book. The story was riveting and I couldn't wait to get back in the car ..Show More »to listen more. The narrator did a good job with accents and differentiating character voices to make it easy to follow the story, even at 1.5x speed.
Mostly though, Owen is proving that he is a young writer that is one of the absolute best out there and deserves to be among the best sellers and most talked about fiction writers.
Start with the first book in the series, because once you read one you will end up reading them all. Might as well do it in order.
In the top 25%. Mr. Laukkenan and Mr. Ballerini are two very talented men, and each of the four books in this series is well-written and very well-per..Show More »formed. I do feel the responsibility to alert readers that this book is very violent and scary, and the subject matter is, frankly, repulsive. Not to give away too much, but our heroes are chasing a truly sick bastard who "works" on a suicide website. He gets teenagers who are interested in talking about the topic, and he malevolently steers them towards actually killing themselves. Everyone has webcams, and his real agenda is to have the complete suicide act recorded by the camera, for both audio and video. Then, if you can believe this, he sells the complete footage to some scumbum who resells them to truly disturbed individuals. This kind of thing may very well be not your kind of reading, so I wanted to warn you. The book is very well written and performed, but the material at hand is frightening and disgusting.