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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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  • 08-06-18

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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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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WOW, VERY COMPELLING! LOVE JACK!

This was a great book! I love these types of action-packed suspenseful murder mysteries, and this one was a gem. Get crazy! The characters are well developed, the story is well written, and the narration was awesome. I was on the edge of my seat! This is the first book in the series I've read/listened to, and it certainly won't be my last. Love this! Try it, you know you want to :)
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Boyle nails the quandary that is off I95 Maine

Gerry Boyle makes good use of topical issues in Maine. This novel addresses domestic abuse and how a woman, willing to go to extreme lengths to escape the fate she has written for herself, can still end up trapped. We see it in the news every day. Boyle is a reporter at heart. We hear that clearly in the cadence of his sentences. His writing is saved from Joe Friday choppiness by an elegant use of language. An understanding and respect for the rural Maine moral code shines through.

Jack McMorrow, clearly a work in progress, becomes the woman's champion. He provides the perfect eyes through which to see rural Maine, that place in which he will always be "from away," always be greeted with a tinge of suspicion, and always be just a little fuzzy on what local rules are in play. Jack is a former NYTimes reporter, fled to rural Maine, he says, to escape a dead end job in the newsroom. He wants to do better, as a reporter, as a man, as an advocate for others, but he has a hard time figuring out how to navigate the professional and social landmines he encounters. His girlfriend Roxanne, and buddy ex-Marine Claire have his back and speak to his higher self. He eventually listens.

We are with Jack as he follows the clues, makes it to higher ground, and becomes a mentor to a rising local reporter.

My gripe is really with the reader. The accent he uses attempts to be Downeast, but comes off more as Iowa rustic crossed with Boston Southie. Although not a Mainer, I've lived here for 40 years, and it grates on my ears. He does a better job with the narrative portions of the book than the dialogue. But even in the narration and Jack's analysis, the reader uses an odd pronunciation for several words. It's enough to pop me out of the moment.

That said, I liked the audiobook. I had read it when it was first published and it remains part of our library.



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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.