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Publisher's Summary

When a bunch of neo-fascist thugs named The Bulldogs attack a Gay pride march in the sleepy country town of Lafferton, detective Simon Serrailler moves quickly to find the assailants. He’s already got his hands full making security arrangements for a memorial service to honour soldiers returning from Afghanistan. When anonymous threats come in, Serrailler wonders if the Bulldogs are behind these too - and worries that they know the Prince of Wales will be in attendance. As the day approaches, the threats intensify, and Serrailler finds himself racing against the clock to prevent catastrophe.

Susan Hill has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewelyn Rhys prizes, as well as being shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has written 55 books in several genres, including the ghost story The Woman in Black, the play adapted from which is still running in London’s West End after 25 years. I'm the King of The Castle has been a GCSE set text. She has also published collections of short stories, fiction for children, several nonfiction books and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler, who features in a short story here for the first time. Her new novel, The Soul of Discretion, is the eighth in the Serrailler series, and will be published by Chatto and Windus in October. Susan Hill is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of King’s College, London, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours of 2012.

©2014 Susan Hill (P)2014 Audible Studios

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 10-24-14

So glad I found this free story!

I"ve had Hill's Serailler series in my wish list for years, but hesitated to hit "buy." This short is just OK; however, the listen tells me enough to know that I will enjoy a full length Hill listen-- a well-written modern take on a village cozy with police procedural added, somewhere between the depth of PD James and the lightness of Deborah Crombie. The excellent narration lives up to the positive reviews of Pacey as the voice of this series.

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  • Janice
  • Sugar Land, TX, United States
  • 10-28-14

Pros and Cons

I'm familiar with Susan Hill for some of her ghost stories, and downloaded this free offering because I enjoy her writing. This is not an especially compelling story outside of the context of the main character's detective series. But the writing is very good, the narrator excellent, so based on this snack sized sample, I am interested in looking at more of the series. Thanks for the freebie, Audible.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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THE BULLDOGS

NEO-FASCIST THUGS
Do not get confused, this is not about fascism, gays or even bad guys. This is a great look into what police departments go through these days, when there are public parades, etc.., and bomb threats. Every bomb threat has to be taken serious, even if it seems false. The police do not take sides, they have to stop threats before they happen. We always hear about when the police get it wrong, but not when they get it right (and I am not saying they get it right here). The bad guy only has to strike once to be successful, the police have to cover everything, all the time and when successful, no one even knows.

I only gave the story three stars, but still believe this could be an eye opening listen to many people. It is free and only an hour and half long.

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What a tease!

okay, this was fun, but I want an entire book. Love Susan Hill's books and can't wait for the next one.

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  • Jami
  • VICTOR, NY, United States
  • 09-09-18

Good Series Introduction

This short story was quite good. I have never read any of the other books in the series, and this worked fine as a stand alone. Although I was able to figure out who did it, I didn't figure out the motive. The writing was good and I will probably try the first in the series at some point. Note: This was free on audible at the time I got it.

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Boring

this book was boring, i could't get through it. I tried several times but it seemed to go in circles

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waste of money

the beginning of the story and the end of the story did not connect. The beginning of the story had no conclusion and the second part was short to the point of Fireside story. waste of time and money.

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good read

good book from the start. had a few problems with getting it to make sound but once that was overcome all was great

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super short and open ended

If you like Cricket I guess it's ok. but as for the story line ...not much to it. it would be fine for a couple dollars, but at nearly $20 in audible not so much. sending back!

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Its a good thing, this novel was free....

If this novel wasn't free, I would've definitely requested a refund! I didn't find the similar interest as before with all other Simon Serrailler novels. Left me feeling as though there was no resolve at all... smh...

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  • Suswati
  • 10-27-16

Extremely hard-hitting in an hour and a half

Fantastic short story tackling all levels of violence and motives behind it - well written and read.

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  • jayne woodbridge
  • 02-26-17

Susan hill never disappoints!

Even though this was a short story, it was as good as any of her longer stories !! Hope she write a new Simon Sirallier novel, would live to know how he's getting on !!!

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  • Angela
  • 02-06-17

Good short story

Any additional comments?

Downloaded for two main reasons: 1, it was free: 2, Steven Pacey.
I've read a couple of books by Susan Hill and have not really taken with her for reasons I cannot explain. This was a really good short story however, and I would be interested in reading a proper book from within this series.
Pacey, as ever, is amazing.

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  • shona lidgey
  • 01-06-17

Excellent short story!

Steven Pacey as always makes this story even more exciting and fast- paced than written, although it's already very well written. The story is shocking and sad , the characters fully formed and believable.

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  • Joseph
  • 11-20-16

I love Susan Hill!

What did you like best about this story?

Short but sweet
Good to see the usual characters develop.
Story as usual excellent and Pacey's narration is great

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  • Colin Lodder
  • 11-03-16

Police have very politically correct attitudes.

Not very exciting. Politically correct viewpoints. Lots of domestic padding. Few chapters for main story line. And I think that decisions made would have been done by somebody considerably more senior than a Major. A relatively junior officer.
I'm glad I'm not a neighbour of the terribly boring central character!

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  • Toots
  • 10-07-18

Not my cup of tea

Sorry. This book just didn’t hold my attention and while it was playing in the background I went out to do some gardening. Forgot it was on and should have switched it off and returned it. Couldn’t even tell you what it was about. I like to be gripped in the first couple of pages and this just didn’t do it for me. Just bought Harry Potter book 7 - I obviously have a different mind set! Off now to see what is happening at Hogworts...

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  • Diana Downing
  • 07-15-18

Ok.....

Just not for me. Struggled to hold my attention and the story line was rather poor I thought.

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  • Stella
  • 06-28-18

Riveting

Having read all the series...... how will I survive without Simon Serrailler! A fantastic read, every one and Steven Pacey is, quite simply, the absolute best!!!

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  • Kate
  • 05-29-18

Serrailler titbit

Tantalising trailer - leaves you wanting a whole novel. I really wish there were more books featuring the wonderful Simon. I was devastated when Susan Hill retired him. Maybe she will do some flashbacks if his career really can’t be resurrected.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-16

A Breach of Security

Unfortunately, I didn't found the story interesting as other readers did, who had given higher rating.

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  • Jan
  • 01-29-15

Looking for the next one

Love this series...really can't wait for the next one to be released. Really want to know what is Simon going to do