R. Johnson

St. Louis, MO USA
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  • Down the River unto the Sea

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,211

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Claudia Peebler on 03-03-18

Too Many Characters - Too Hard to Follow

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Reviewed: 09-24-18

I get why this book has many good reviews. I wanted to like it too. At times the narrater was winning me over even though the story kept losing my attention due to the complexity of the characters and jumping of scenes with little introduction. I listen in the car so I will give some of the blame to that but I listen to many books on my commutes and don't suffer the challenge of staying tuned as I did on this one. I'm loving the Connelly Bosch series so was hoping to find a replacement with Mosley. Perhaps I'll give it another try down the road but I stopped this one about halfway through.

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