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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Weir Does It Again! And What A Read...

Rosario Dawson does a perfect job here, emoting just enough, but not falling into the "actors" trap of acting too much!

And the story? Gripping, funny, interesting (so much science, but in a fun way)...readers of The Martian already know they'll like this one.

Can't recommend more highly.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-17

Unbelievably Great By Any Measure!

The best police, crime book I've heard this year... maybe ever? Not only for the Rise-and-Fall tale of civic corruption, , which almost reads like a mirror image to Goodfellas, but also in Deon Graham's intense, exciting, personal reading. Has there ever been a more perfect match of voice to story? Maybe Michael Kramer on the Richard Stark books... but that's the only thing that comes close.
Highly, highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Terrific Story, Great Narrator

A great thriller that sneaks up on you, revealing it's secrets so subtly that it takes you a minute to realized what's just been revealed.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Fitting End To A Great Series

Of course, King can't help himself -- he really stayed with the unfamiliar (for him) crime/detective genre as long as he could. But at the end of the second in the series, Finders Keepers, and for the main of End of Watch, he gives himself back over to the supernatural, in a way.

Not that it's a bad thing...this is a great way to wind up the tale of William Hodges & his merry band. Satisfying to the end.

And I can't emphasize enough how much Will Patton's read adds to this story. You get at least 50% more bang for your buck with a Patton read and here, where we get back into well-trod King territory that (for me) might've caused me to feel like I'd heard it before, Patton's probably more like 100%. His incredibly well-drawn read kept me with it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Sharp Crime Fans Won't Want To Miss This One!

Whether you're a fan of the "urban" crime genre (I'm not necessarily), any fan of traditional, hardboiled (and deductive) crime fiction is going to love this one. It's got all the elements - gritty 'modern' street action, a Sherlock Holmes-ian genius hero, a frustrated, sometimes funny, sometimes scary sidekick... Joe Ide somehow makes all these well-worn tropes fresh and exciting.

Terrific narration by Sullivan Jones too.

I'm pretty picky with my crime fiction...but I'd give this one the highest recommendation!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-16

The Left Turn You've Been Waiting For

I don't know about you, but Stephen King tackling the detective/cop mystery genre sounded like a great idea -- and King delivers everything you're looking for...if you're a King fan, that is!

He still goes for his standard cataclysmic 3rd act, but well within the boundaries of the genre.

and Will Patton -- man, is there as better reader of dramatic fiction? Just terrific.

Excited now to press forward on the other books in the Bill Hodges Trilogy!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-16

An Okay Ride

Pretty conventional black-ops-lone-wolf-slightly-humanized-by-single-mom affair. Finished it, but somewhat of a struggle.
Brick's always-theatrical delivery at times makes the story sound cornier than reading might. Can't really recommend.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-16

Interesting Premise...runs out of gas

The mysteries aren't enough, the revelations too minor to keep this from being a struggle to finish. The parallel story answers enough of it's questions by implication long before they're started by the characters. Nice reading performance, tho'.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-16

A Whole Lot Of 'Blah'

what happened? I don't remember the last Grey Man book being so long on exposition and short on action. The action is there, but the long stretches in between made it hard to get through for me... and Jay Snyder's read is heavy and dramatic, no question -- but so much so it borders on the portentous.

Almost 180 degrees in relation to my other recent read, Shady Cross -- now *there's* a thriller!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Never Stops...and Never Disappoints!

This one was a surprise to me. Bought it on sale because of the plot description - and had no idea what a ride I was in for.

The pace is relentless and the tale of the small time hood (who feels he's a victim in life, but in reality has made all of his own bad fortune) caught in a spiral of circumstance once he makes an unexpected stab at redemption, had a lot of noir-ish elements that took me by surprise. Just when you think the plot is going to settle into your garden variety thriller, it takes a hard turn that will keep you listening.

This is one of those stay-in-the-car-to-listen-even-though-you've-reached-your-destination books...and it's been a long time since I've run across one of those!

Bon Shaw read is perfect. Can't say enough good things about this one.

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