• Memo from Turner

  • By: Tim Willocks
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

During a weekend spree in Cape Town, a young, rich Afrikaner fatally injures a teenage street girl with his Range Rover but is too drunk to know he has hit her. His companions - who do know - leave the girl to die.

The driver's mother, a self-made mining magnate named Margot Le Roux, intends to keep her son in ignorance of his crime. Why should his life be ruined for a nameless girl who was already terminally ill? No one will care, and the law is cheap. But by chance, the case falls to the relentless Warrant Officer Turner of Cape Town Homicide.

When Turner travels to the remote mining town that Margot owns - including the local police and private security force - he finds her determined to protect her son at any cost. As the battle of wills escalates and the moral contradictions multiply, Turner won't be bought and won't be bullied, and when they try to bury him, he rediscovers, during a desperate odyssey to the very brink of death, a long-forgotten truth about himself....

By the time Willocks' tale is finished, 14 men have died, and he shows once again that he is the laureate of the violent thriller.

©2019 Tim Willocks (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Utterly unique mystery thriller

Memo from Turner features a cleverly written mystery plot that keeps you guessing, populated with intriguing, complex characters. But what really sets this book apart is the relentless series of brilliantly conceived and executed action sequences. Willocks, who is a doctor, uses his medical knowledge to stunning effect in crafting what has to be some of the wildest, most brutal scenes ever written. Be warned: this book is ultra hard to put down so it might be best to target it gm for a weekend when you have little to do.

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Any book by Tim Willocks is well worth reading

I discovered this author many years ago and was immediately caught up with his descriptions, setting the stage so to speak, so you can almost feel the heat of the sun or the smell of sweat, in the scene. This novel was a treat.

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Real raw characters

This novel is not foe the faint of heart. It is set in South Africa with a great portion of the novel set in a desert. The characters are gritty and realistic and you’re taken into their minds and soul. Couldn’t stop listening. Narration was superb.

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Really good book; Reminds me of Shantaram.

A story based in South-Africa and is very unique and exciting. It has 4.8 stars for a reason.

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OUTSTANDING!

This might be the best book I've ever read/listened to! The writer's style is fantastic and swings from elegant and beautiful to brutal and shocking. He is content to take his time, letting the story gradually be revealed but never leaves the reader bored. The characters are well developed. Willocks keeps the story moving forward and focused on relevant details. This book should be a movie.

BEST. READER. EVER! More of a performer, he tackles the diverse racial and language difficulties of South Africa giving color, even a visual element to a story that is already well crafted.

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Hardboiled South Africa

Memo From Turner is about a steely-eyed law man set on clearing a murder, even if he has to fight through an entire corrupt town to do it. You've likely read a similar story where a private eye or cowboy sets out to do much the same thing, but Memo From Turner does it with style and bone-jarring force.

Turner is a police officer in South Africa investigating the hit and run death of a homeless girl. He is cut from similar cloth to Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Uncompromising, incorruptible, and efficiently violent. However, the story's antagonists are also well-written and even likable in their own way.

The narrator is excellent. Peter Noble's gruff, rumbling voice works for this typeof story, but he can also be winsome, mewling, or coldly threatening as the situation requires.

The setting, modern South Africa, with its tumultuous past and gaping chasm between wealth and poverty, is well utilized by the author. The plot also really heats up when the vast and unforgiving desert in the region becomes more important to the story.

If you enjoyed, say, Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest, then this will be right up your alley. Sometimes gruesome, often intense, this book held my attention until the end.

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Can't get into it.....

I am giving up at chapter 14. It has not captured my yet so I guess it's not for me.

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Excellent action - Turner character THINKS

Excellent story line set in a tough place to survive in any context. Protagonist Turner THINKS about what he's doing - good action scenes cleverly won.
Narrator performance was excellent - strong voice, good dynamics, accents, etc.
I will seek out more books by Tim Willocks!

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graphic violence

Well read and written. I found it's violenence difficult yet fitting to the story. I recommend it to those who are undeterred by a story that is mixed with descriptive violence, AND love and characters with integrity.

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It is free

It was enjoyable aside from being unrealistic. A total badass is great but there are limits. The best part for me is that it's free