"The Butcher’s Heir" is the sixth published episode of Jack Bates’s Harry Landers, PI series. Inspired by the story of Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance, this episode investigates the mysterious vanishing of a union leader.
Bruce Reizen, who can perform an extensive catalogue of characters and accents, effortlessly becomes each individual in this crime audiobook. Reizen transitions between dialogue and exposition with a dexterity that minimizes a listener’s work. This episode has been especially popular with Bates’ readership, something that the author attributes to his finally "hitting [his] stride with Landers". "The Butcher’s Heir" is also the first time in the series when Landers gets into physical conflicts, which makes for extra dramatic listening.
When the son of a long missing union president turns to him for help, private investigator Harry Landers delves into a mystery that spans two decades. The deeper Harry digs, the more mythical the legend of Lane Shanks grows. With each step he takes, Harry finds the path to the truth becoming increasingly dangerous.