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Dark Harbor

Narrated by: George Guidall
Series: Scott Finn, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
4 out of 5 stars (721 ratings)

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From the opening chapter of the electrifying Dark Harbor, one thing is clear; this is the clarion call of an exciting new talent. Highly touted debut author David Hosp crafts an engrossing novel in the tradition of John Grisham, John Sandford, and David Baldacci.

Scott Finn survived a childhood running errands for crime kingpins to become a six-figure lawyer at a prestigious Boston firm. Now the sky's the limit...until his colleague and former lover Natalie turns up dead in Boston Harbor, her heart surgically removed. She initially appears to be the seventh victim of "Little Jack", a serial killer reminiscent of Jack the Ripper. But suspicion quickly turns to Scott, who must dig deep into Natalie's life to discover the secrets she kept.

The suspense builds to a crescendo as this stunning thriller travels at breakneck speed toward a shocking conclusion.

©2005 Richard David Hosp (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Compelling characters pulse through attorney Hosp's surprisingly engaging fiction debut." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Eileen
  • Tinley Park, IL, United States
  • 10-19-05

Great new author!

I know this is the first book written by David Hosp, and I was curious to check it out because of the buzz surrounding it. I wasn't disappointed in the least. The storyline is intriguing and fast-paced, the characters are well-developed, and the narration was great. There is nothing not to like about this book.

As I was listening to it, there were other more famous authors that came to mind - John Grisham, and believe it or not, Stephen King (mostly for the character development of New Englanders and quite a few mentions of the Red Sox which sounded an awful lot like King). Of course, this is a GOOD thing. Mr. Hosp has a great talent for making his characters real, and in my opinion, that's one of the most important elements of a good story. If you can't relate to, or understand, or believe the characters, then who cares? Not a problem here.

The story itself is original and a good mystery in its own right. There are no lulls in plot, and you will be hooked quickly. I won't delve into the details because I hate spoilers - but I will say I highly recommend it.

Jump on the bandwagon and check out this new author. You'll be heading to his website next to see if he's got another one in the works, I promise.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Vincent
  • Fort Myers, FL, USA
  • 08-12-05

Can't Put it Down!

Twists and turns... character development.. plot development.. this book is a must read/listen!! Once I started I couldn't stop!! In the likes of Ken Follett this is excellent! My only disappointment is that there are no more books available on Audible by this Author!!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • William
  • Gaffney, SC, USA
  • 10-18-05

Worth a Listen

I gave this book a three star rating. However, its probably more like three and a half. The story doesn't grab you from the beginning but its interesting enough that you want to stick with the story. I liked the characters but most lacked true depth to their persona. It's a good book to listen to when you don't want to get totally wrapped up into a novel.

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  • Joe
  • Portland, OR
  • 08-26-05

Dark Harbor

Generally well written and interesting except the author does what so many mystery writers do when they are stuck (and editors let them do it): they make the character do something that intelligent people would never do if they wanted to live. To what I mean, try this test: You are an attorney accused of murder. You are sitting in your law office holding in your hand the ONLY COPY of evidence that will prove you innocent and convict a mob boss. You know that the mob is after you to get this ONLY COPY of the evidence. You must get it to the police station a few blocks away to deliver the evidence. Do you (a) fax it to the police, (b) make copies and mail them to the police and your attorney (and all your friends, while you're at it), or (c) put the ONLY COPY of the evidence in your pocket and walk to the police station assuming the mob is out there looking for you. If you chose C, this book is for you.

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  • Dawn
  • Henrico, VA, United States
  • 09-09-05

A Minority Opinion

Obviously, a lot of people liked this book and reader. I am not one of them. I failed to find any similarity with the works of John Grisham, John Sandford, or David Baldacci, all of whom I like a great deal. I found character development severly lacking. For a former street thug, Scott is not very street-smart and the author offers very little background to support this past life. The police lieutenant is unprofessional, getting involved personally with Scott right away. Her rank is totally unbelievable given her active role in the investigation and her ineptitude. The plot line was massively predictable and the action just plain dumb; my eyes were dizzy from rolling them so often. The ending was laughable. George Guidall swallowed words and sometimes ends of sentences. He spoke so low he was difficult to hear in all but the quietest setting. This audiobook was, in a word, bad.

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    4 out of 5 stars

kinda, sorta....

A good enough story but a perfectly repugnant, utterly superfluous torture/murder scene that sticks out in my mind like a very sore thumb as I recall the book. It just didn't ring true and I'm offended as a reader that I was expected to buy in. If you're very discriminating about what goes into your brain, you may want to do a little more research before choosing Dark Harbor.

Some reviewers claim the outcome was too easily predicted but I was surprised at who the perps were and were not.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Well narrated and captivating. This book is hard to put down. Great plot twists and a strong ending. I really enjoyed this one, and found that I could not tear myself away. Just when I thought I had it figured out, I would find myself surprised.

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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 04-10-07

Predictable yet still good

This was a good story, read by a good narrator, with mostly predictable outcomes and a reasonably satisfying conclusion. Fiction is usually more preposterous than real life, so I am a little non-plussed by those who wrote negative reviews on this work. This author is not John Grisham-caliber yet, but I will listen to more of his books if and when published. And if you like John Sandford or Jeffrey Deaver, you will like this author. Trust me.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous 1st in series choice

This was a very worth while 1st in series purchase ... the author, David Hosp, is new to me and I am very pleased with his style of writing for this genre - not so graphic as to scare the pants off of you but still captivating & engrossing ... the narrator, George Guidall, keeps your attention and makes you sit on the edge of your seat at the exciting parts - I'm a fan of Mr. Guidall's voice work for audiobooks ... I liked the characters so much I have already downloaded the second book in this series ... if you remember the excitement of old time radio dramas this book will have you spell bound till the end ... I hope Audible can get the 4th book in this series soon ... darn good book!

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  • Kirk
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • 08-02-05

Excellent Balance

This was a good listen. The balance of reader, story line, and character development made this an excellent listen. Bravo.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful