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Dead North

Sam Williams, Book 1
Narrated by: Andrew Calverley
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Two dead cops and a suspect who won’t talk.... 

Once the brightest star in the legal firmament, Sam Williams has hit rock bottom, with barely a client to his name and a short-term cash problem that's looking longer by the minute. So when he's summoned to Manchester to help a friend crack a case involving the murder of two unarmed police officers and a suspect who won't say a word, he jumps at the chance to resurrect his career. 

In Manchester, he'll struggle against resentful locals, an enigmatic defense lawyer who thinks he's stepping on her toes, beatings, corrupt cops, and people who'll do anything to protect their secrets. On its streets, he’ll see people die. But it's in the hills and valleys further north that Sam will face the biggest challenge of all: learning who he really is and facing down the ghosts of his past. 

He’s working someone else’s case, and he’s in way over his head. But sometimes, you need the wrong man in the right place.

©2018 Joel Hames (P)2019 Joel Hames

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“In Dead North, Hames’ lawyer turned accidental sleuth, Sam Williams, finds himself far from home and neck deep in Manchester’s seamy gangster scene. But what stands out in this intelligent, intricately woven crime procedural - with a plot to make your brain hurt - is the undercurrent of slick and highly enjoyable humour reminiscent of Raymond Chandler, updated for the 21st century. Loved it.” (S.E. Lynes, author of Mother, Valentina, and The Pact)

“I really enjoyed it. The characters spring of the page with such natural ease. I was gripped by the story - I love a book that takes turns where you least expect. It's going to leave me with a thriller hangover for some time.” (John Marrs, author of The One, The Good Samaritan, and When You Disappeared)

 “Hames is such a talent that he has created a white-knuckle, breathlessly-paced read that also has heart. Beautifully written and thrilling, Dead North deserves to go to the top of any chart.” (Louise Beech, author of Maria in the Moon, How to Be Brave, and The Mountain in My Shoe

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 05-29-19

Quite the revelation

Full disclosure here, I am a Joel Hames virgin; this is our very first date. Despite having heard great things about his writing from other people, for some reason I still hadn't got around to reading his work. Then Mr Hames goes down the audio route and I'm in heaven. Nothing draws me to an author more than the production of their work in audio format. So, with his recently released on Audible book, Dead North, I plunged head first into the world of Sam Williams, lawyer, investigator, occasional psychological adviser and the hero of our tale. Mr Hames writes in the first person narrative, which obviously lends itself perfectly to audio. Andrew Calverley does a star turn as the narrator, switching back and forth between London and Mancunian accents effortlessly. The action maintains a brisk pace throughout and the plot is most onion-like, in that it is multi-layered and removal of each layer reveals something new. Before I knew it I was at the end, or was I? No spoilers here but the ending is carefully constructed to make sure, (as if I'd entertained any doubt), I immediately purchase book 2! All in all a clever and captivating chronicle which I highly recommend.

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  • Danny
  • 06-21-19

Great book

I was instantly hooked in this story from the beginning. This is a new author for me but can't wait to read more books from him. The narrator is always so important to me and this Andrew Calverley did a great job. I thoroughly recommend this book for any crime fiction lover you won't regret it 📚📖.

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  • Lindsay
  • 06-18-19

Great start to a trilogy

I really enjoyed this audio book. The story kept me gripped and I loved the fact it wasn’t a typical police led crime drama. After a man gets arrested for killing a cop the story tosses and turns in all kinds of directions as we try to get to the bottom of what’s actually happened and why the suspect won’t talk. I really enjoyed the story and the narration and I can’t wait to listen to the next book now.