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A razor-sharp, exquisitely paced, madly fun debut thriller that gleefully lampoons Hollywood culture and introduces the highly eccentric yet brilliant ex-detective gone rogue: Charlie Waldo.

There are run-of-the-mill eccentric Californians, and then there's former detective Charlie Waldo.

Waldo, a onetime LAPD superstar, now lives in solitude deep in the woods, pathologically committed to owning no more than 100 possessions. He has left behind his career and his girlfriend, Lorena, to pay self-imposed penance for an awful misstep on an old murder case. But the old ghosts are about to come roaring back.

There are plenty of difficult actors in Hollywood, and then there's Alastair Pinch. 

Alastair is a onetime Royal Shakespeare Company thespian who now slums it as the "wise" Southern judge on a tacky network show. He's absurdly rich, often belligerent, and typically drunk - a damning combination when Alastair's wife is found dead on their living room floor and he can't remember what happened. 

Waldo's old flame Lorena, hiding peril of her own, draws him toward the case, and Alastair's greedy network convinces Waldo to take it on. But after such a long time away from both civilization and sleuthing - and plagued by a confounding array of assailants who want him gone - Waldo must navigate complicated webs of ego and deceit to clear Alastair's name... or confirm his guilt.

©2018 Howard Michael Gould (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Great Reading of a Fun Mystery

I truly enjoyed John Michael Higgins' reading of "Last Looks" audio book. A variety of entertaining characters brought to life by this talented actor with different voices and accents kept the pace moving and made the plot easier to follow -- always appreciated when listening to a book with many characters. The story was entertaining and best of all, there were no inexplicable loose ends when I finished. I can't wait to listen to Howard Michael Gould's next mystery with Charlie Waldo!

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mediocre

I checked this out cuz I saw they have made a movie out of it and I'm a big fan of detective novels and hadn't heard of this one. I now see why I haven't heard of this series. also I really didn't find the narrator engaging oh, he did a serviceable job but to me the voice just didn't match with the idea of a seasoned Detective.

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Enjoyable story.

Good story with many twists; terrific characters - especially Charlie Waldo; fast paced action. highly recommend.

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Wonderful entertainment and performance!

Great performance of Howard Michael Gould eccentric loner, Waldo by John Michael Higgins. Higgins brought this character to as he expertly captured the tone and, I believe, intent of the author. This is a strange story. I urge you to persevere through character building chapter, because you'll be in for a ride - faster than a 10-speed down a mountain pass.

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A fantastic listen!

Waldo is a quirky, thought provoking, occasionally maddening, but always entertaining character. Higgins does great job bringing this excellent whodunit to life. I look forward to more from Gould.


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super fun story

I don't normally leave reviews. I'm lazy.
This was such a fun read. If you are on the fence, it's a good one.

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it's a good book, although

I got a bit lost in the beginning, too many characters
Towards the end the plot becomes more interesting and has a few surprises for us

Absolutely outstanding narrator

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Terrific Book & Narrator

Wonderful book and narration. The book has it all, action, interesting characters, and left me a very satisfied reader, except for the part where I want MORE! The narrator is amazing, seamlessly changing characters yet I never got confused as to who was speaking. Excellent book, and am glad it is a series.

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A pleasant mystery with soft turns.

Last Looks is a serviceable who dunnit on its own, made more enjoyable if you work in or near Hollywood.

Forgive the British accent and you'll enjoy this mystery without having to stop multitasking to pay close attention.

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Enjoyed completely!

Wonderful plot, very suspenseful, great development of characters, fun interactions!
Great book! Howard Gould is a terrific writer!

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