Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.
Where to start?
There is a reason that the previous book in this series just won the Edgar Award. I wouldn't be shocked if this book would be in the running for a sweet two-fer. It would be well deserved.
Duffy seems to be growing up - he's come a long way from being the pessimistic, pot-smoking, lonely cop. He's practically married and has a wee girl whom he clearly adores. Duffy's character and growth has been believable and steady, and yet he still maintains that wise-ass sense of humor which makes these novels so enjoyable. I have yet to make it through one of these books without many real belly laughs.
Duffy's fellow detectives, Lawson and "Crabby", make for a perfect Irish Three Musketeers. The relationships between the three men are fleshed out beautifully throughout the series so that I can't even imagine Duffy without them.
I've shouted from the hilltops to everyone I know that they should read all of the Sean Duffy books. The latest book only strengthens my case that this series is one of the best I've ever read. I've gotten nothing but thank yous from my friends who've jumped on the McKinty bandwagon.
Gerard Doyle is THE PERFECT narrator as well. I can't imagine Duffy without him either. I love Gerard so much, I've actually searched other books he's narrated, and I have stumbled on some other great authors.
My only regret is that I have now officially listened to every single McKinty book, and I have to wait for more. Crap.
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When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?
I've listened to all of Adrian McKinty's books (HUGE love for Gerard Doyle), and after each book ends, I actually go through a period of minor depression. I'm not kidding. The man has a true talent for creating characters that you are quickly convinced are real people. Rain Dogs is no exception.
I adore Det Sean Duffy. He's a sarcastic, witty bastard (I say this with the utmost love), and his two mates at the station, "Crabbie" and "Lawson" bring out the best in him. So many series books can't seem to keep up with the changing times or the changing person who is the center of the stories, but Adrian makes sure to let us see Duffy's progression. There is real growth in the character of Sean Duffy from book to book, and I guess that's why it feels so real. When I leave for work in the morning (I listen mostly during my commute), I say, "I'm off to work with Sean today." I know - sounds ridiculous - but how many times have YOU looked forward to your commute?
The story itself is centered around a "locked room murder" - in other words, a murder happens where it seems impossible that anyone could've actually done it because the physical place is locked up, well, like a fortress. You'll understand when you read this (because you WILL read this, or you'll be doing yourself a disservice). For the life of me, I tried very hard to think of every possibility on how to explain how the murderer pulled it off. Along with the "how" of the murder, we are taken on a whirlwind of accusations and interrogations from a variety of characters with some shocking surprises. Oh, and let's not forget the many laugh-out-loud moments. Adrian has a knack for throwing in a perfect brand of sarcasm at the most unexpected moments. There was one particular rant that had me laughing until tears squirted from my eyes, and I thought I would have to pull my car over.
Believe me, aside from the great storytelling, it's the characters that will keep you coming back. It's the vulnerability, the humor, the determination, the humanity.
Let's not forget the FANTASTIC narration of Gerard Doyle who is perfect, brilliant, amazing - a true delight. His performance gives life to these books. He IS Sean Duffy.
What are you waiting for? Time to go to work with Sean.
An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.
While the story was intriguing enough - as are all of Harlan's books - listening to this book was a test of my personal stamina. It's very rare that I start a book and do not finish it. In fact, the only exception to this rule of mine in the last 10 years was Dan Brown's latest.. but I digress. I've dealt with a book like this before where the narrator almost made me drive my car into the lake, but I made it through that book, and the story wasn't even this good.
It is a testament to Harlan's ability to write a good suspense novel combined with occasional breaks when Luke Daniels takes over the narrating that is allowing me to finish this book. However, if you're considering getting this book because you are a completist like I am (making sure I read ALL of Harlan Coben's books), then get this one in actual book form or on an e-reader. Trust me, you do NOT want to endure this god-awful attempt at narration by Angela Dawe. Everything the other reviewers have said about her is 100% true. The whole thing is garbage and the producer of this book should now be working at Burger King.
Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point-blank range and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances.
Adrian McKinty, the most under-rated thriller novelist of our time, pulls off another great story. Det Sean Duffy is an extremely intelligent yet very human character who, despite his personal flaws, always fights to find the truth. He's a smart ass - kind of like an Irish John Corey (i.e. Nelson DeMille). I enjoy these books so much because the backdrop of Ireland in the mid-80's adds to the tension, not to mention my imagination as our brave hero attempts to solve another complicated crime. These stories are never boring. They are full of the right amount of tension, suspense and laugh-out-loud humor that makes for a very enjoyable read.
Then, there is the brilliant Gerard Doyle who can switch from an Irish brogue to an English accent to an American southern drawl in a matter of seconds. I LOVE listening to him, and his contribution is the icing on this delicious cake. If you haven't met Sean Duffy yet, listen to the other three books first and take your time. It's well worth it.
Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.
I can't say enough about this book. If you are a dog lover, you MUST get this book. What an emotional and heart-breaking yet wonderful story. I thought "The Art of Racing in the Rain" was an outstanding dog book - this one rivals it. The point of view from the dog is priceless. As a "mommy" to my own rescued pittie, there were parts of this story that hurt my heart and also made me so angry I could hardly contain myself. Yet, this is a very good depiction of how truly evil and mean some people can be, and also how truly loving and good they can be. Don't miss this one.
In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
I purposely didn't read any synopsis or reviews of this book because I wanted to experience the story for myself. King is an amazing writer, and, amazingly, he just keeps getting better. Mr. Mercedes proves this.
It's not a horror story in the traditional sense.- there is nothing supernatural going on here. However, it's a horror story in other ways as it tells the tale of a very disturbed young man (even scarier given the headlines over the last ten years) who goes on a rampage and then plots more destruction. There is a retired cop who picks up the trail and goes on the hunt for this killer.
I read a LOT of John Sanford, Harlan Coben and Lawrence Block - all authors who nail this kind of writing. King more than holds his own here. He has always been the master of character development, and he does it brilliantly in this story. This book is for fans of King and fans of great story-telling normally too scared to read King. Spread the word to your nervous friends that they can read this one, too. Don't miss it.
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Unraveling the tumultuous, decades-spanning story of the Dolan family’s friends, lovers, and adversaries, Double Feature is about letting go of everything - regret, resentment, ambition, dignity, moving pictures, the dead - and taking it again from the top. Combining propulsive storytelling and mordant wit against the backdrop of indie filmmaking, Double Feature brims with a deep understanding of the trials of ambition and art, of relationships and life, and of our attempts to survive it all.
I'm a HUGE Stephen King fan, and so it's been with great interest that I've collected the works of his two sons, Joe Hill and Owen King. I liked Joe's work for sure as he is following in his father's footsteps. Owen, however, is his own man, and I really, really enjoy his style. He definitely has a great sense of humor which I think is so very important to a well-told story. While some of the things the characters do in this book might seem like a bit of a stretch, when you put it into the context of most of them being "Hollywood" or "artistic" types, it's not that far-fetched at all.
Owen King must've paid attention to his father's excellent ability for character development. Not to take away anything from the younger Mr. King - it's a compliment, really. I found myself wondering days after I finished this book what happened to the central characters like they were real people I'd been eavesdropping on for the last couple of weeks.
The narration was also very good - not distracting or annoying - but actually perfectly executed with a true and obvious grasp of the story by Mr. Graham throughout.
I won't rehash plot lines as the book description and other reviews will give you that. What I wanted to get across is that if you're a fan of good storytelling (regardless of genre), then give this book a chance. You won't be disappointed.
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Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I had no idea what I'd been missing all these years. I realize this is an older book, but if you missed this like I did, please take the time to listen to it. The narrator was PERFECT for this story as well which makes all the difference.
This entire novel is told from the dog's point of view. As a dog lover, I really appreciated this approach. I'm convinced half the time that my dogs really do understand when I talk to them, so this was a wonderful indulgence to hear what the dog thinks when he's being spoken to or to know what he's observed.
It's a well-written story that kept my attention all the way through and brought up every emotion creating everything from belly-laughs to tears. I highly, highly recommend this!
Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.
The first Odd Thomas book was brilliant, in my opinion. I loved the departure to a quirky story with a lovable character from Dean Koontz. As the Odd Thomas series progresses, however, the books decline in all areas.
I realize one must suspend belief in horror/sci-fi/fantasy novels, and I can do that, no problem. I can live with Odd's "talents" and enjoy them and laugh with him. What I can't live with are the ridiculous, not-believable-by-any-stretch-of-imagination situations he's in after the first book - with Odd Apocalypse being the worst. Even Odd's once charming sense of humor came off as forced and, as a result, quickly annoying.
To be honest, I really hated this book, and I found myself checking often on "how much time is left??".
If you loved Odd Thomas, remember him as he was in book 1, and save yourself the money and time this piece of crap will cost you.
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"The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (and successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John Corey in his early years as an NYPD Detective, before he became involved with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force.
While I absolutely LOVE John Corey, and I love Scott Brick being John Corey, I couldn't quite figure out what the point of this story was. It was like Corey-filler for no apparent reason. Yeah, I get that it's a short story, but really, this "story" could've been an anecdote in any of the Corey novels, and it would've been better. It's not like there was a lot to figure out here. My favorite thing about it was that it slightly quenched my craving for the perfectly done smart-ass voice of Corey as done by Brick, but the frustrating part was that the story was too short and too pat.
Your life won't end if you pass this one up, and you're not going to miss anything. If you're completely bored and out of stories for a minute, then go ahead an listen. It's not the worst story.. but it just wasn't necessary.