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At Christmas 1975 a group of Californian students experiment with LSD. One of them, Michael Quinn kidnaps the son of an English professor. When he is released from jail twenty years later, a mysterious young English woman named Joni Lascelles begins to ask questions that will unravel the past...
©1996 David Hewson; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd

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  • Marielouise
  • 02-06-09

Deeply gloomy listen

Yes David Hewson is a wonderful writer - love his Rome series - but this is a deeply and unrelentingly depressing listen. Maybe it would make more sense on the page but as an audio, it doesn't. Just a jumble of time periods, creepy loser characters. And why must he repeat phrases or words so often... is it a beatnik thing?

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • 04-15-09

Back to the Italian books

This one was, as the other reader says, depressing. The plot is unconvincing - I was gritting my teeth and muttering "of course nobody would do that". Why did they do that? Why did they continue to cover it up? Why did someone not call the cops on day one and save us all the agony? It was a chore to finish and not even a happy ending. I have enjoyed three of David Hewson's Italian books and will continue with that series - after a rest. Oh, and on top of that, I found the narrator irritating.

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  • Paul
  • 02-27-09

Can't please all the people all the time.

I loved it. Enjoyed his other books, Italy series is great and I got this on the strength of those. This is in a different league of writing, a cut above a crime thriller. Read and enjoy but make sure that you have the full versions - I do not yet know how this ends since my unabridged version is incomplete!

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