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Borderline: A Jack McMorrow Mystery

By: Gerry Boyle
Narrated by: Michael A. Smith,Josh A
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Publisher's Summary

On a travel story about Benedict Arnold, freelance reporter Jack McMorrow traces the route of the infamous historical figure up the Kennebec River into Quebec, Canada. When a man fails to rejoin his bus tour in the Northern Maine town of Scanesett, Jack makes a pit stop there to help authorities find him and soon finds himself entangled with a bunch of lethal small-town hoods who make bad sport of the weak and defenseless. Threatened, beaten up, and forced into a terrifying game of redneck hide-and-seek, McMorrow faces his most ruthless criminals yet. 

This, the fifth installment of Islandport’s updated and revised editions of the internationally best-selling Jack McMorrow series, takes its listeners across state lines into the tangled world of mistaken identities, traitorous dealings, and a dangerous hunt for a man no one seems to know much about. 

Originally published in 1998, the Islandport edition includes a new introduction by author.

©1998 Gerry Boyle (P)2019 Anaba Publishing

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Enjoyed the story

Jack McMorrow sure got himself in a pickle and he didn't even mean to. I found the character to be very likable, very human and true to his chosen profession as a journalist. To step into a little town for one journalist story and find a completely different story is so...life. I enjoyed the development of the characters and their intermixed relationships that brought me to like some, such as Officer Bell, and really dislike others. Especially the Chief of Police...ugh!
I listened to the audio book version of this book. My one criticism is that the narrator is a bit 'blah' in the actual narration. A bit too monotone. However, when he is in character, he is very good. The little boy that narrated his part...spot on! He was excellent!
All in all, I honestly had a tough time putting the book down. It flows very well and the story line(s) kept my attention and made me want more.

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Great Mystery !

“Smart, fast-paced, personal and, dare I say, thrilling. It's the kind of "this could happen to me" thrill that really chills me to the bone if I think about it too much. I could not put this book down until I found out if everything was going to turn out okay. Does it? Well you'll have to read it and see!”

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Good Series

The curiosity of a reporter never ends with Jack , a man disappears in a small town, and even sheriff is not concerned. Good plot and narration. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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Another great story

This is my 3rd Jack McMorrow book and was not disappointed. Once again, while pursuing a seemingly harmless story, Jack finds himself in the middle of danger and intrigue. The storyline keeps you guessing and waiting to see what happens next. The narrator does a great job at relaying the sarcasm and humor that Jack seems to find in those intense situations. It is a great listen.

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Jack McMorrow Goes Rogue

With his partner, Roxanne, away in Florida caring for her mother, and his neighbor and friend Clair—a Vietnam Marine vet and simpatico sidekick in rural Maine— visiting his daughter down South, Jack McMorrow is alone and doing what he does best: tracking down all the details that make up a story and solve a crime.
On freelance assignment to follow Benedict Arnold's march to Quebec, McMorrow arrives in a small Maine town just as a mystery begins: A tour bus enroute from Boston to Quebec discovers that one passenger, P. Ray Mantiss, got off the bus and never got back on. Who is this "Mr. Mantiss"? It has to be a fake name, righ? What's he running from? And why is Robie, the odd character on the bike, so interested in McMorrow's questions about the missing man? And why does everyone think McMorrow is with the CIA? And why do they want to shoot him?
Boyle's characters are engaging, and his writing is crisp, with a sense of humor and deep knowledge of small-town Maine life. He is gifted in his ability to create atmosphere, build tension, and introduce you to three-dimensional characters in a real and baffling world—a master of the mystery.
Audio reader Michael Smith is the perfect voice actor for this series, bringing McMorrow to life through your earbuds/speakers. But Boyle has brought him to life on the page. I am an addict and await futher of Boyle's McMorrow books read by Michael Smith.


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Great Series!

This is not my first McMorrow Mystery, and I'll keep coming back for more. Our hero is just trying to write a story about Benedict Arnold, but manages to become waylaid by what seems to be a mystery in a small Maine town - where did the guy go who just disappeared off of a tour bus headed to Quebec? Plenty of local characters get involved in the story, and Jack finds himself in various scrapes. The surprise introduction of a ten year old boy character provides a nice counterpoint to the consistent set of characters that populate this series. Another excellent story.

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let Roxanne fade into the sunset like a bad dream

With each book Roxanne becomes more annoying and an unnecessary distraction. She doesn't want Jack to die because she needs his emotional support because of her mom!!!!! How needy,selfish, and ignorant. I enjoyed following along and the last part was so action packed I almost got whiplash from the back and forth. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrators did a great job bringing the characters and story to life.

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Jack is in trouble again!

Love the sarcastic banter. Keeps wanting to hear all of Gerry Boyle's books.

Michael A Smith's narrating brings the characters to life.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great read!

crime-fiction, journalist, Maine, series, suspense, investigation, noir,*****

Freelance reporter Jack Morrow is on assignment to do a travel article on Benedict Arnold's campaign against Quebec when a fellow bus passenger goes missing in a small town in Maine. Smelling the makings of a salable story, Morrow combines the known assignment with the hope of another and stumbles into a real mess. Lots of suspense, great characters, and a good mystery. Terrific series!
Narrator Michael A. Smith really is excellent at portraying Jack in all his attitudes.

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Not the best in the series

This book was one of those start it/stop it/repeat type of books. I finally buckled down and listened to it all.

I’ve liked this series and its characters. The auxiliary characters, Roxanne and Clare, are physically not present with Jack. That leaves some holes. Sure, they’re both reachable by phone but it’s not the same.

The story itself was pretty bland except for the Benedict Arnold history. I live in western Maine and I could ride along with Jack as he swings through Somerset, Franklin, and Hancock Counties. I’ve made the drive to Quebec, too. That was interesting.

I started this book in paperback and I should have continued with that. Instead I switched to the audiobook and remembered why I bought the paperback. The narrator murders women’s voices. Not my favorite.

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  • 12-10-21

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brilliant

Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line too
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