• Bad Dog

  • A Gripping British Crime Thriller (DCI Kett Crime Thrillers, Book 2)
  • By: Alex Smith
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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By: Alex Smith
Narrated by: Tim Bruce
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Publisher's Summary

Some legends can kill you. 

When a young woman is brutally murdered in the Norfolk countryside, the locals blame Black Shuck - a legendary wild dog. 

There’s only one problem: The wounds weren’t made by an animal. 

DCI Robert Kett is battling a black dog of his own. With his wife still missing, and the injuries from his last case leaving him in constant pain, everything seems impossible - not least looking after his three young children. 

But when a second body appears, even bloodier than the last, Kett finds himself on a hunt for one of the most ruthless serial killers the country has ever seen. 

A killer who may be hunting him, too. 

Full of death and dark humour, you won't be able to put down this fast-paced British crime thriller from million-selling author Alex Smith. Perfect for fans of JD Kirk, LJ Ross, Val McDermid, and Ian Rankin. 

Binge the series now:
PAPER GIRLS
BAD DOG
THREE LITTLE PIGS
WHIP CRACK
RUN RABBIT RUN
STONE COLD DEAD (coming soon) 

Alex Smith wrote his first book when he was six. It wasn’t particularly good, but it did have some supernatural monsters in it. His DCI Robert Kett thrillers have monsters in too, although these monsters are very human, and all the more terrifying for it. In between, he has published 12 novels for children and teenagers under his full name, Alexander Gordon Smith - including the award-winning Escape from Furnace series, which is loved by millions of readers worldwide and which is soon to become a motion picture. He lives in Norwich with his wife and three young daughters.

©2020 Alex Smith (P)2021 Alexander Gordon Smith

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Enjoyable and Entertaining

JD Kirk recommended the author and I jumped to listen. I enjoyed his first book, Paper Girls and this was just as pleasing. Reading comments online on how the villains are a bit of a fantastic stretch left me wondering how it would turn out but this book left me feeling like under the right/wrong circumstances it could happen. The book isn't overly cerebral but is quite enjoyable. For someone doing a 4-hour round trip 1x weekly, this was a great book to sink my ears into. The reading was well done and overall, very satisfying. I look forward to future audible releases of the series and to see how the characters develop. I already have hopes for Savage, I have concerns about his eldest daughter emotional/mental health/technology usage and seriously think the DCI will spend 3/4 of his time healing from injuries more than working at the rate he's going. Thank you and...next, please!

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it was ok

started off pretty slowly, didnt get good until the end. maybe it was the subject.
narrator is amazing.

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Unbelievable

Very disappointed. I won’t be continuing this series. Hero isn’t heroic as manic. Monster is impossible. The amount of abuse he endured is impossible at his age over 5 years. Starved and beaten? Not believable he could have been so strong with a diet of only meat and no vitamin supplements.

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a good story and nice plot line and well narrated

this is the second book in the series and it has a lot of interesting twists and turns some that you really don't expect and that's hard to do when you read as many mysteries as I do. it is more contemporary dealing with modern family issues but it doesn't allow those issues to interfere with the plot and the twist and turns of the story. the narration is good and is well worth the listen

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The story is creative and the suspense good. The main character, though, is a terrible parent and the children are feral. I don’t know why the author thinks horrendous children with no manners are boundaries are amusing. They make me cringe. He also presents the main character as sympathetic because his wife is missing. Women raise children all the time without allowing them to turn into screaming banshees. The storyline is distracting.

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I should have looked at the reviews.

I loved the first book so was really very eager to start this one. Booo , Hisss. I should have paid more attention to the reviews.

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not a bad book BUT between the mountains of fece, the loss of focus
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state of the art Yuckness..... save your credits.

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  • 05-03-21

gripping

good story but quite gruesome in parts and it continued with the missing Billy from the first book

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  • SandraL
  • 07-27-21

Just fantastic

I loved the first ook in this series (Paper Girls) and the second in the series is just as good. This story is the second I have read/listened to in recent months featuring Black Shuck (the first was Ellie Griffiths The Night Hawks), a ghostly b;ack dog, often an omen of death. The plot of this book is quite unique and wasn't what I had imagined. It is much, much darker and such a great read.

I love DCI Robbie Kett. He's a fantastic character, and the books are as much about him and his lovely family as about the brilliant stories. His struggle as a single father of 3 young girls is sometimes heart-rending but often so funny that they make me giggle to myself. I also love Kett's boss, Colin Clare.

The narration by Tim Bruce is great. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this review the rest of the series is not available on Audible :-( If you read this Alex Smith, please consider bringing the rest of the series to Audible!

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  • Me
  • 11-06-22

Disappointing

The obnoxious children are a real distraction, seeming to take up a lot of the story. I don’t think I will be reading any more of this series.

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  • ms
  • 12-10-21

Well Really???

Enjoyable listening, as was the first book but I found the storyline a little ridiculous to say the least. The main character is superhuman although likeable. This was just very far fetched. Never the less I liked it enough to crack on with the third in the series.

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  • Penny
  • 10-20-21

Addictive read

This is the second in a series involving DCI Robbie Kett who has moved to Norfolk with his children on compassionate leave after the trauma of his wife's abduction.
The author has established an addictive storyline which delves into the darkest places of the human psyche which contrasts with his relationships with his three daughters creating the light and dark of his world.
Suffice to say he is dragged into working with Norfolk CID more or less straight away in the first of the series. So far I am about to listen to the third in this series of eight and I would love to be able to download all the books but can't find the rest on Audible.
I feel I shall have to buy the paperbacks..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-21

Loved it

I absolutely loved this one! At some points I couldn't even breathe. I usually listen to my audio books while I work but it was impossible with this one especially towards the end. I couldn't concentrate on anything else. I just sat there mouth gaping, heart thundering listening to the events unfold. Some moments had me close to tears as I am a dog person. The narrator did an amazing job. Already got book 3!

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  • welsh dragon
  • 09-24-21

Excellent

Again I’m so happy to find this author love love his books can’t wait to start the next one

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  • I. Whitworth
  • 08-19-21

Bionic man

I’m enjoying these stories, great dynamics between the main characters, however mr action man should be permanently disabled after so many injuries in just 7 weeks - which is the time span of the first 2 books.
Great cliffhanger to leave us with, with the next book not available on audible.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-23-21

ALEX SMITH BAD DOG

loved it. unusual but gripping .
can't wait for next dci kett boooķ in series

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 04-16-21

Thoroughly entertaining

This is every bit as good as Paper Girls, different, yes, but just as good, it is a strange ride however and reminded me a little of Mo Hayder as I was listening, no spoilers here, just a recomendation to listen.

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  • Angela
  • 10-14-22

Definitely Hooked on This Series

I wasn’t sure after the first one but this was well worth the listen. Excellent character development and great narration. Leaves you desperate to start the next one.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 10-11-21

I loved this

This was quite depressing and very gory but I still loved it. At the moment there are only 3 on audible even though there are 5 more wish they would put them on audible. It’s a pain where you get a series of books you really like and not all are on audible.