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A Warhammer Crime novel.

An investigation into a missing member of a wealthy family leads Probator Agusto Zidarov into a web of lies and danger amidst the criminal cartels of Varangantua. As the net closes in, Zidarov falls further into darkness from which he may never return.... 

Listen to it because: take a step into the murky underworld of the 41st Millennium through the eyes of a lawman in a gargantuan city whose investigation leads him into darkness and danger.  

The story: in the immense city of Varangantua, life is cheap, but mistakes are expensive. When Probator Agusto Zidarov of the city’s enforcers is charged with locating the missing scion of a wealthy family, he knows full well that the chances of finding him alive are slight. The people demanding answers, though, are powerful and ruthless, and he is soon immersed in a world of criminal cartels and corporate warfare where even an enforcer’s survival is far from guaranteed. As he follows the evidence deeper into the city’s dark underbelly, he discovers secrets that have been kept hidden by powerful hands. As the net closes in on both him and his quarry, he is forced to confront just what measures some people are willing to take in order to stay alive.... 

Written by Chris Wraight. Narrated by Charles Armstrong.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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Wonderful start to Warhammer Crime, but....

I very much so enjoyed a look into the life of not only one of the Arbitrators of a Hive world, but more so a look at the life of an Imperial citizen.

However, the one issue I had with the book was not from the actual story or even the narrator, but rather Games Workshop's horrific editing, or rather lack there of. 3-4 distinct times the bloopers/first readings of a line were left in. This happened in the 3rd installment of Ciaphis Cain, and now here. It is rather unexcusable from a publisher like The Black Library, especially with a catalog as vast as theirs.

Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoy this story, and would be quite pleased even for a follow up that features some of the same characters.

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Awesome writing yet again from Chris Wraight

But someone needs to proof listen to black library’s audiobooks better than they currently are! Everything else was fantastic

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Noirhammer

You don't need to know much about Warhammer 40k to enjoy this book. If you're a 40k fan, then some of the things that are happening in the background will give you a reference for when this takes place and what the galaxy is going through, but it's not required. It's a well written crime drama/mystery with a down to earth (so to speak) protagonist. The narrator does a great job, not much more to say, but given warhammer's usual narrators, he had a high standard to live up to. I had occasion to listen to this in one long session and did not once feel the urge to stop and listen to something else. I could easily see myself going "just one more chapter" with a hard copy version until what do you know, I finished it and it's 3am.

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Boring & in name only is it related to 40k

As a police procedural, it to fails so very badly. No action, no intrigue, nothing to hook ya.
The *hero* is a schlub who's aging, overweight & nothing special at his job. Not even an overly likeable nor relatable hero. Just a basic, no frills character.
What little action there is is far between & ho-hum, at best.
It's got very lil to do with Warhammer/40k. If it didn't say *Warhammer* on it you might never know!
Abnetts Eisenhorn & Ravenor & even some of his Gaunts Ghost investigations, mysteries are 40k times better.
Don't waste your time or money.

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Absolutely inspired!

The word dystopian is often over used in this genre. However, Chris Wraight’s treatment of the subject matter is entirely relatable and therefore entirely dark and gritty In a way that hits home. Dr. Wraight has recently become one of my favorite Black Library authors. His treatment of the cosmos is always deep, provocative, and more often than not serves as an analog to the world we live in.

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Blade runner meets 40k

A very enjoyable mix between the universe of 40k, trade dynasties with solid undertones of blade runner.
The main character is a good mix of light and dark and although the book could have been a little more edgy the theme of illegal youth harvesting was very nasty indeed

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Starts out slow, but really picks up at 50% point

What is it like to be a police detective in the 40k version? Pretty damn shit!
Quit interesting to see the world from the view of the lowly citizen, instead of the high and might inqisitorial agents, underhive ganger, or though the terrors of a war.

The first few chapters it seems like any other dystopia, which had me a bit dissapointed, but at around the half way point more and more 40k ideas started inserting themselvs, and in some intriquing ways too
So i ended up really liking the while thing, and would recommend it to anyone who could be interested
P. S. Its so damn nice to see that characters talk about the Imperial Guard again instead of the ridiculous Astra Militarum which GW tried to rebrand them as

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Depressing

Don't let my title mislead you, it is a great book.

This is a "day" in the life a overworked late middle age detective for a police force so corrupt it is weird not to be yourself, who is working on a missing person's case that leads into bigger criminal activity while also dealing with family struggles.

Does it need to be a warhammer book? probably not since it could fit into any cyberpunk setting.

Do you need to know warhammer 40k to read this book? No, you will loose a slight bit of context and wonder about word choice. But none of that matters to the story.

Honestly though, I say it is depressing because the author does a great job of describing a world where no one cares about you, nothing can be done about corruption, and anything you do will not matter in the end. This ties extremely well into the story and character motivations and helps the ending pay off just a little more.
But if this is what people put up with in 40k, I can see why they turn to chaos.

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I hope to find more books like this

A wonderful window to the everyday drudgeries of a single human amongst the countless billions.

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40k & Crime fiction

great book! refreshing to see the 40k universe used in a different way. crime fiction fits right in.

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  • 08-30-20

One of the best 40K books!

This is such a refreshing perspective, and I really hope Chris Wraight comes back to it again soon! Yeah, like others have mentioned it comes across as more Cyberpunk/40K lite than most books in the setting. At least, ostensibly. All the 40K Grimdark is still there, it just isn't rammed down your throat by a power fist! It's all there, but on a range of varying subtly (sometimes you'll miss it if you blink!)

I would love for BL to have this type of perspective as niche they really commit to!

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  • 08-26-20

It's 40k but with a real twist.

A very grass roots look at the 40k universe from the perspective of some amongst the vast downtrodden masses. It's gritty, grim, and has a feel of the old noir pulp novels to it. If you're a fan of the Enforcers in Necromunda this is probably the book for you. If I have one almost-gripe it's that I feel Chris Wraight missed a trick in not having everything after the first chapter written in the first person perspective, although that may be almost stepping to close to Raymond Chandler's literary toes. There are no superhuman warriors blazing away with full-auto rocket launchers in this tale, and in this case that's for the better.

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  • Alexander Brown
  • 08-10-20

A great adventure!

I really enjoyed this, made me think of other policemen of fiction like Vimes and Frost and gave a great insight into the lives of hive citizens. Highly recommended.

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  • 04-25-21

Fair

Hmm. Decent, not terrible but not brilliant. Overall I really like the idea of warhammer 40K “crime”, like the idea of learning more of the misery of the average imperial citizen. Like the fact there are (small spoiler) no space marines etc etc in this at all. But while this is fine and I don’t regret buying and listening to it... it’s not the best 40K novel or detective novel.
The concepts were good, there were some nice twists but it never quite gelled for me. It leans on some classic detective noir ideas but they just don’t quite connect and feel a bit bolted on. However, it has a really strong last couple of chapters (no spoilers) and leaves a few clever trails hanging for a sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-20

Grimdark gumshoe

This was fantastic! A really bleak grimdark novel. 41st millennium as it is for everyone who isn't a supersoldier. Very clever and a great pace throughout I heartily recommend.

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  • paul sparks
  • 08-28-20

Grim Dark Grimy and Seedy

A superb first book in the WH40k crime series the characters are so believable and the fatigue both mental and physical they suffer in this world is palpable, I want more na I want it soon! The narration is perfect

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  • Oeyvind
  • 08-26-20

Great narrator

It's a good crime story in the WH 40k universe. Charles Armstrong does an excellent job.

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  • Iain Johnstone
  • 08-22-20

5 Stars is not enough Stars

If this is how Warhammer Crime series is going to continue sign me up. Really hope Chris does some more Agusto stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-20

One of the Best Warhammer 40k story.

This is a cyberpunk noire story dressed in Warhammer 40k clothes, but it works perfectly. Love how it shows normal civilian life in hive world. What they do beside work work work. What music they listen to etc. Recommended to any warhammer 40k fan.

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  • Pricy
  • 08-20-20

Outstanding

Amazing debut for the WH Crime franchise. A refreshing look at the 40k universe, thoroughly recommend! Chris Wraight is fast becoming one of Black Library's best writers.

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  • 08-26-20

Noir 40K detective

Cliched, but still brilliant. A great look into the civilian world of Warhammer 40,000.

We get the setting lives it's tagline of, There is Only War, but in an Empire of over a million world's, not every world in embroiled in the fires of humanities eternal conflict. The author manages to be incredibly descriptive with the setting. A joy to listen too.

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  • Josh Adamson
  • 02-24-22

amazing writing, and fantastic narration

You won't be disappointed with this book. If you, like me, love 40K novels set in civilian settings, then this will tickle your brain in a great way. A typical whodunit, but set In a great world. The narration is simply brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-21

good

good detective novel
would like to see a bit more 40k flavor and the ending seemed abit rushed but otherwise i really enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-20

think on crime

more a look into life for imperial citizens than 40k advertising for new units. pretty grimey and good crime drama that makes you feel like sci fi world with 40k theme than a 40k story. no space marines or the like in this bad boy.

I really enjoyed the feel of this book and makes you realize how lucky we are not to be in the 40k world. even 2020 isn't as grim as this book ! I will buy a follow up or another book in this series.

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  • Glenn RED
  • 11-14-20

Great insight on homefront Imperial Society.

Interesting exposition on dirtside life on an imperial planet provided by a dogged crime investigator.

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  • 09-29-20

Great insight into the life of a Hive-city

Surprisingly, a crime novel placed in the Galaxy M42 was not a bad idea.
The tension, the characters, the intrigue - everything works well both as a 40k novel and as a stand-alone book.
The protagonist is complex. He is not perfect both as an officer and as a person, but he is believable, flawed enough to be a human.
The overall plot is quite interesting and some twists might make you whisper: “Holy Throne of Terra!”
I like how the novel asks very interesting questions both from in-universe and IRL perspectives: faith, children, corruption, inequality, even a midlife crisis! And the author doesn’t give you definitive answer letting you to choose where you stand.
The weakest point is performance. It is not bad, but also nothing to write home about either.
Still, this is a great novel, and if you like an old good fashioned detective read you won’t be disappointed.

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  • David Colwell
  • 09-15-20

Just really good.

I want more of this. The look into the common people of the 40k universe is very full of potential stories and could just keep going and going. I could listen to this kind of stuff on and on. Please give us more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-20

charles armstrong might be BLs best new narrator!

a great start to a new take on warhammer 40k planetlife
thanks chris wraight! p