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When a bunch of neo-fascist thugs named The Bulldogs attack a Gay pride march in the sleepy country town of Lafferton, detective Simon Serrailler moves quickly to find the assailants. He’s already got his hands full making security arrangements for a memorial service to honour soldiers returning from Afghanistan. When anonymous threats come in, Serrailler wonders if the Bulldogs are behind these too - and worries that they know the Prince of Wales will be in attendance. As the day approaches, the threats intensify, and Serrailler finds himself racing against the clock to prevent catastrophe.

Susan Hill has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewelyn Rhys prizes, as well as being shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has written 55 books in several genres, including the ghost story The Woman in Black, the play adapted from which is still running in London’s West End after 25 years. I'm the King of The Castle has been a GCSE set text. She has also published collections of short stories, fiction for children, several nonfiction books and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler, who features in a short story here for the first time. Her new novel, The Soul of Discretion, is the eighth in the Serrailler series, and will be published by Chatto and Windus in October. Susan Hill is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of King’s College, London, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours of 2012.

©2014 Susan Hill (P)2014 Audible Studios

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THE BULLDOGS

NEO-FASCIST THUGS
Do not get confused, this is not about fascism, gays or even bad guys. This is a great look into what police departments go through these days, when there are public parades, etc.., and bomb threats. Every bomb threat has to be taken serious, even if it seems false. The police do not take sides, they have to stop threats before they happen. We always hear about when the police get it wrong, but not when they get it right (and I am not saying they get it right here). The bad guy only has to strike once to be successful, the police have to cover everything, all the time and when successful, no one even knows.

I only gave the story three stars, but still believe this could be an eye opening listen to many people. It is free and only an hour and half long.

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 10-24-14

So glad I found this free story!

I"ve had Hill's Serailler series in my wish list for years, but hesitated to hit "buy." This short is just OK; however, the listen tells me enough to know that I will enjoy a full length Hill listen-- a well-written modern take on a village cozy with police procedural added, somewhere between the depth of PD James and the lightness of Deborah Crombie. The excellent narration lives up to the positive reviews of Pacey as the voice of this series.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice
  • Sugar Land, TX, United States
  • 10-28-14

Pros and Cons

I'm familiar with Susan Hill for some of her ghost stories, and downloaded this free offering because I enjoy her writing. This is not an especially compelling story outside of the context of the main character's detective series. But the writing is very good, the narrator excellent, so based on this snack sized sample, I am interested in looking at more of the series. Thanks for the freebie, Audible.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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What a tease!

okay, this was fun, but I want an entire book. Love Susan Hill's books and can't wait for the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Easygoing book

Average story line. Narration was great. Able to guess who done it? Fairly enjoyable. Glad it was a short story

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You'll like it.

Great narration. Nicely written. I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

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  • MzDMina
  • San Francisco, CA United States
  • 07-15-17

Nearly fell asleep listening to this!

I like listening to books on tape and this was my first time listening to a story from this author. Boring storyline and monotonous narration - too much for me! In addition, I normally go completely through a book whether I like it or not. I couldn't do that with this book. Deleting book out of my audible library. Another first!

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Not very intriging

It was an okay story while walking. It didn't have much intrigue in the story.

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Good listen

This was a very interesting story that basically relates to the sign of the times....

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Short story for short trips

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, Great short story

Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not had the pleasure of hearing any of Steven Pacey's performances before but will look for his work in the future.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Suswati
  • 10-27-16

Extremely hard-hitting in an hour and a half

Fantastic short story tackling all levels of violence and motives behind it - well written and read.

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  • jayne woodbridge
  • 02-26-17

Susan hill never disappoints!

Even though this was a short story, it was as good as any of her longer stories !! Hope she write a new Simon Sirallier novel, would live to know how he's getting on !!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Angela
  • 02-06-17

Good short story

Any additional comments?

Downloaded for two main reasons: 1, it was free: 2, Steven Pacey.
I've read a couple of books by Susan Hill and have not really taken with her for reasons I cannot explain. This was a really good short story however, and I would be interested in reading a proper book from within this series.
Pacey, as ever, is amazing.

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  • shona lidgey
  • 01-06-17

Excellent short story!

Steven Pacey as always makes this story even more exciting and fast- paced than written, although it's already very well written. The story is shocking and sad , the characters fully formed and believable.

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  • Joseph
  • 11-20-16

I love Susan Hill!

What did you like best about this story?

Short but sweet
Good to see the usual characters develop.
Story as usual excellent and Pacey's narration is great

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Colin Lodder
  • 11-03-16

Police have very politically correct attitudes.

Not very exciting. Politically correct viewpoints. Lots of domestic padding. Few chapters for main story line. And I think that decisions made would have been done by somebody considerably more senior than a Major. A relatively junior officer.
I'm glad I'm not a neighbour of the terribly boring central character!

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  • Mrs. Roberta Leedham
  • 10-05-17

Fairly good but had more potential

Enjoyed listening to this but was left wanting to know about some of the characters and plots.
It was a strange kind of book, started off on one thread, introduced another and then ended on something entirely different.

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  • Miss Condon-greening
  • 05-13-17

amazing story

Excellent story, you can almost believe Lafferton exists. Susan Hill is a expert at her craft.

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  • Learning is fun!
  • 04-04-17

A little taster

Well written, as usual, and well read too - come on Ms Hill, it's high time there was another full length instalment!

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  • CGM
  • 12-21-16

sorry. didn't even manage to last to the end

struggled to finish to the point where I gave up. I just couldn't get the plot or characters. sorry 😔

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-16

A Breach of Security

Unfortunately, I didn't found the story interesting as other readers did, who had given higher rating.

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  • Jan
  • 01-29-15

Looking for the next one

Love this series...really can't wait for the next one to be released. Really want to know what is Simon going to do

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