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Working as a court reporter for the local paper, Jack McMorrow witnesses the appeal of a woman for protection from her abusive boyfriend and embarks on a search for her murderer when the woman turns up dead in her apartment. 

By the author of Bloodline.

©1996 Gerry Boyle (P)2018 Anaba Publishing

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Addictive

This is the third McMorrow book I have listened to on Audible. I find that listening to books is a very different experience from reading them in print, although I enjoy both. All three of the books I have listened to are read by the same narrator, who uses several voices to make it easy to differentiate between the various characters. He does a remarkable job of linking the characters to the voices and never gets them mixed up. It adds greatly to the experience. The main character and a few supporting characters progress from book to book, leaving the reader / listener hungry for more. The plots are well developed and predictable in some aspects, but always with complete surprise endings. The author has done a great job transitioning from journalist to novelist. For those of us readers who live in Maine, the settings and characters are plausible and familiar. All three of the books I have read have been page turners.

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Another excellent listen!

This murder mystery had a slow start. It needed it because once the ball started rolling, it went like gangbusters!

As is per usual with a Jack McMorrow Mystery, there are a lot of movable parts. Jack is usually the last man standing but he really takes a beating in the process.

When the actual whodunnit was revealed, I was forced out of my seat. (I won't give anything away though.)

I've listened to two or three other books in this series so far, with the same narrator. He's an acquired taste, just like Jack, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Jack has an element of snark and a sense of humor that is an integral part of this listen. The narrator gets that.

I'm not sure if the other books in this series are available as audiobooks but I wouldn't do this book justice on my own, so I will wait.

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Thrilling 🌟

There is murder, mystery, kidnapping, bad guys, good guys and a lot of action. 

I totally recommend this series. The first book is Deadline.

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Deep

crime-fiction, Maine, court-reporter, suspense, journalist, noir, small-town, murder, abusive-spouse, newspapers

Another good but longish read. Jack encounters the woman during his part time job as court reporter in his small town as she is petitioning for a restraining order against an abuser. The plot unfolds in a kind of laid back sardonic way as she is found murdered and Jack finds himself on the suspect list. That, and the real injustice of her murder ramp up his determination to ignore everyone else to avenge her. Solid plot with plenty of distractions, twists, red herrings, and characters who really engage the imagination.
The audio is mainly narrated by Michael A. Smith who has a real gift for it within his voice range.

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Another great Gerry Boyle story!

The cameo of the little girl voice was a pleasant suprise in this storyline. This audiobook proved to be another great Jack story and with another now under my belt, I'm ready to listen to the next one!

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Twists and turns

All the elements of a good mystery. Court reporter, abused woman, unsympathetic judge, crazed boyfriend and murder!

Narrators knew their characters well. was OK.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobookboom com.

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good

a very good and well written book the story is very interesting and I like the twist quite much a very nice book the narrator did a good job the authors are good I liked the book very much
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Another terrific Jack McMorrow Mystery

Jack is a character to follow. A newspaper man interested in the story and in people, he cares. So when a woman he talked to in court is found dead, he is determined to find answers to her murder. Even if law enforcement doesn't seem to care. Great stories, a sarcastic hero to provide some humor, and a very entertaining read (or listen). Michael A Smith seems so well suited to Jack, attitude, pacing and all. The surprise guest narrator was a wonderful addition! Looking forward to the next one.

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  • KC
  • 06-01-20

Lifeline

Interesting characters, good plot, narrator speaks clearly and enunciates well. Narrator need more emotion in voice and reduce background noise

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Good Plot

Curiosity about an abuse woman, Jack investigates further, and then when he finds she has been murder. He is even more Determinded to get answers. Good series, and one likes the tenaciousness of Jack
Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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  • Helen
  • 04-25-20

Wonderful book

Wonderful storyline enjoyed this audio book very much
Love every minute for the storyline
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