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Black Mountain

Narrated by: William DeMeritt
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ex-mob enforcer Isaiah Coledrige has hung out a shingle as a private eye in New York's Hudson Valley, and in his newest case, a seemingly simple murder investigation leads him to the most terrifying enemy he has ever faced

When a small-time criminal named Harold Lee turns up in the Ashokan Reservoir - sans a heartbeat, head, or hands - the local Mafia capo hires Isaiah Coleridge to look into the matter. The Mob likes crime, but only the crime it controls...and as it turns out, Lee is the second independent contractor to meet a bad end on the business side of a serrated knife. One such death can be overlooked. Two makes a man wonder. 

A guy in Harold Lee's business would make his fair share of enemies, and it seems a likely case of pure revenge. But as Coledrige turns over more stones, he finds himself dragged into something deeper and more insidious than he could have imagined, in a labyrinthine case spanning decades. At the center are an heiress moonlighting as a cabaret dancer, a powerful corporation with high-placed connections, and a serial killer who may have been honing his skills since the Vietnam War....

©2019 Laird Barron (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Coleridge is a large, unbelievably strong, scarred man - a thug, yes, but a thinking-person's thug.... Readers with a tolerance for violence will want to meet him." (Booklist, starred review)

“Barron’s second novel featuring retired mob strongman Isaiah Coleridge is as nasty as a cornered pit viper - and its plot is about as sinuous.... Barron peppers the text with literary references and philosophical reflections that provide rich counterpoint to the violent bashing and bloodletting. Fans of hardboiled crime fiction and wiseguy vernacular will be well satisfied.” (Publishers Weekly

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Too Slow

The story developed much to slowly and the primary characters story and super tough guy, ex-hitman/killer/enforcer persona did not remotely ring of reality. He was not a frightening individual. Also the plot did not congeal such that all the subplots and mini stories tied together rationally.

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