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Two years after Clint Wolf's life has been disrupted forever, he's asked to serve as police chief for a quiet little town deep in the swamps of Louisiana. But the tranquility of the town is shattered when a severed arm is found in the jowls of an alligator.

With the aid of Sergeant Susan Wilson, Clint investigates and it isn't long before they realize someone has been murdered. As the investigation ensues, Clint battles secret demons from his past as he befriends a local reporter named Chloe, who proves to be an asset to the case when she shares information from a source who says the murder was part of a larger plot.

Will Clint and Susan unveil and foil the larger plot before it's too late, or will the citizens of Louisiana awaken to a horror worse than any in their state's history?

©2015, 2016 BJ Bourg (P)2017 BJ Bourg

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 12-04-17

3.5 Stars The Ending Was Deflating!!

This was a well written book. I enjoyed most of the story, and had a good time trying to predict what was going to happen next, or the overall plot. One minute I am leaning to one character as favourable, and then I find myself despising them later. I ended up liking characters, and could feel my emotions begin to spike when dramatic things would happen with them. It keeps your attention, and has a great plot. The main issue is the cliff hanger ending which really annoys me. Having said that I am going to get the next book. I was privileged to be provided a copy of this book for a honest and unbiased review

J. Scott Bennett was good with the delivery of the story although I found his voice a little monotone

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Book 1

The characters were real and beautifully written. You will feel as if you actually know these people- This author paints his characters with a colorful brush, and they come out quite three dimensional.

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Fast paced and entertaining.

Two yeas ago, Clint Wolf's life changed forever. Now, all he wants is a quiet and easy life, so he takes a job in a backwater place expecting nothing more than speeding tickets! But life isn't all roses and Clint's first taste of the job is facing off against an alligator. From then on it's a dark and twisted road of murder and deceit, with Clint trying to figure out what is going on before it's too late.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! The plot was intriguing and had a lot of twists and turns and I couldn't figure out who was the killer, or what exactly was going on till near the end! Poor Clint just wanted a quite life but this little town isn't going to give him that!! The characters were all well written and developed too. Clint is a deeply flawed character. His life changed forever two years ago and it's put a permanent stain on his thoughts, so much so that he needs alcohol to sleep. Despite this, he is willing to do what is needed to get to the bottom of the killings, no matter whose toes he has to step on!

In all, this was a great read. The only real negative I have about it was the romance that seems to be building. I felt like it is was the wrong character for Clint, but hopefully he will realise that before book 2!

J. Scott Bennett definitely knows how to perform a book like this! He gives each character their own personality and knows how to make them stand out. He also does great with the female characters and makes it so easy to follow who is talking at any given time.

I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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An Awesome Listen

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review. I really enjoyed this book. It has great characters and a fast paced plot. The hero is flawed, but does his job as police chief so well. As he tries to solve a murder, he is drawn into a mysterious plot. Between the writing and the narration this is a great audiobook. I will be listening to Book 2, if its half as good as the first one, I'll be thrilled.

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So Much Fun!

Right from the start I felt like I was dropped into the swamps of Louisiana; J. Scott Bennett succeeds in bringing this story to life in a dramatic fashion. This murder mystery unfolds in an incredibly satisfying way, with twists that are hard to guess and characters with lives you'll want to follow. There are a few stand outs in this story that I won't soon forget (such as the old woman who is sure her husband will come home, even though he has recently been eaten by an alligator). I enjoyed this one from top to bottom, I would recommend it to any of my friends and I look forward to book 2!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 02-07-18

Well written

The narrator was a good choice for the central character and also did the other voices well. The story was entertaining and the main characters were well fleshed out.There was a lot of action in the last hour. I enjoyed listening. Book 2 is even better!

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Not forgotten and not forgiven...

It's one of those suspence / crime novels that keeps you glued to the pages late at night...
It starts with a horrible incident, an unimaginable tragedy which leaves Clint Wolf scarred for life and then goes on a rollercoaster of at first seemingly unexplained and illogical events, with lots of red herrings on the way, to end with a big boom when we finally get to know the solution to all this plotting and machinations. Then it all becomes clear and we wonder why we didn't see it coming...:)

The characters are very well drawn with just a few sentences, their personalities are diverse and definitely not white and black - there are a lot of grays in all of them. We can even understand to some extent why the villains are the villains and feel, well, unwilling compassion for them...

The interpretation of the book is really good - Mr Bennett does equally well both male and female voices, and the pace of his reading is just right.

It is a definite must for all crime/suspence/mystery lovers.

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Murder mystery at its best

While not a huge fan of mysteries, the great thing about audiobooks is that you will try new books, authors, genres based on your knowledge of the narrator. Such is the case here. I love Bennett’s narrations, he has a rich voice that always delivers a great story. That led me to try this series. I was not disappointed in either the narration or the story. The tale is a great murder mystery with plenty of heavy hard twists that will Leave you guessing and gasping. I look forward to more of the Clint novels. Enjoy as much as I did. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Forgotten

This was a really good, fast moving police story.Clint used to be a homicide detective,now he resides in a small town with 1 main road,and alligators.His first case may just kill him.A surprise ending leaves you wanting more.I loved it! J. Scott Bennett was the perfect narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Great!

Great mystery that had me guessing all the way through. I need book 2 right away! Well written and fantastic narration!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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  • Judith
  • 04-20-18

Southern charm

I very much enjoy this book and felt that the characters and the story was very well fleshed out. It has a certain southern charm in both the narration and the descriptions of the place. However the eventual ending of the story was not based upon anything that was very believable which spoiled it somewhat in my eyes.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-12-17

What happened to your face?

The first day as Chief of Police in the backwater Louisiana town of Merchant Loup wasn't as quiet as Clint Wolf had expected - an oversized alligator had taken a large dog and had to be hunted down. It does not go well and Clint spends the night in a tree, cold, miserable and covered in mosquito bites. Welcome to the new job. Things are going to get far worse.

This superbly written story sucks the reader in like the river mud of the bayou The characters, especially Wolf himself and his small police team, are completely three dimensional, with realistic dialogue and interaction. The feel of the surrounding land just oozes from the pages. And the story is pretty good, too, with fights and confrontation, murder and conspiracy, jealousy and hatred, crocodiles and a dog called Achilles. Oh, and just a twist of romance. Add in the (always) superb narration of J.Scott Bennett, whose deliciously softly accented voice perfectly fits the subject as well as bringing all the other protagonists vocally alive, and this book is as near perfection as it can get. O.K. perhaps one or two tiny flaws, but way too small to matter.

This is not a slick, poster comic detective; Clint Wolf is a fully rounded, if flawed and troubled man trying slowly to regain his life. But he has kindness, loyalty, strength and a good sense of humour. He'll need all of those to get him through his first few days as Police Chief in swampy Merchant Loup.

Highly recommended.

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