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Backwater

By: Allen Kent
Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
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They kidnapped his daughter. It’s the biggest mistake they’ve ever made....

When a caller claiming to have abducted 10-year-old Andrea Curren refuses to provide her father with "proof of life", Blake Curren turns the tables on the kidnappers. If the girl is not returned within 24 hours, Curren offers the amount demanded to anyone who can return his daughter safely or kill the people who have taken her.

A race against time...

In this suspenseful mystery, two local teens find themselves caught in the murky backwaters of a deadly hunt, as a professional killer and a retired newsman race the FBI to determine what has happened to Andrea Curren.

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solid and enjoyable mystery

I did figure out half of it pretty close to the beginning but the second part was definitely a puzzler. Allen Kent's writing is a lot of careful weaving of multiple characters and story lines but also very well done. I did feel like the professional killer could have used a bit more character development or maybe a prequel novel where we would get to see the evolution of his eventual life choices. There were quite a few characters that I got a bit muddled over at the beginning. But I think that's also the challenges of listening to a book versus reading it. I couldn't go back and remind myself who was who and where they fit in. I think that's part of what I find enjoyable though; trying to solve the crime before the characters in the book do. It was also a cool idea making the "detective" be a professional killer. Original concept!

I kind of felt for the narrator as he had to have long dialogue that took place while characters were jogging (and a bit out of breath) but then again Paul J. McSorley is a professional and handled that with ease. I think a narrator is successful when you forget you're being "read" to and just see the characters and the story. And that's exactly what happened here.

It looks like this is the first in a series and I thoroughly recommend it to mystery lovers.

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