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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham.

A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes.

DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads except the body of the bird - and the victim's missing eyes.

As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realises he is battling not just a murderer but his own inner demons, too. And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn't to the people of Liverpool after all - it's to the police.

Following the success and acclaim of the Callum Doyle novels, A Tapping at My Door is the first instalment of David Jackson's new Nathan Cody series.

©2016 David Jackson (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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5 Star Start, Wowed.

It's rare for me to give the highest rating to the start of a series. I'm reserved because usually the characters don't quite mesh or the mystery is an easy one that will build in upcoming books. But, wow, this one is a grand exception. The way Jackson describes the relationships makes the reader feel like you already know the personalities and just can't wait to learn more about them. He delivers with this as well as the character development is deep and engaging. There isn't a single page that was boring; the suspense is dark and intriguing. The mystery had me foiled to the very end. The downside is having to wait for the next installment. Oh, and if you like soccer at all, this book has enough thrown in to really make it worth the time to read it. Highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys British detective stories.

47 of 50 people found this review helpful

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Surprised by how Good It Was

I bought this beginning of a new series with low expectations. I almost stopped after the first chapter, because it started off somewhat silly and scary. I wanted to read a police procedural -- not a horror story. But after the first murder, and the introduction of detective Nathan Cody, I was hooked and enjoyed this listen from that point forward. The narration was excellent.

I hope I won't be waiting too long for the next installment. This is my favorite type of book.

69 of 74 people found this review helpful

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Great start to a series

If this is the start of a series, I'm all in. Really engaging damaged hero, with smarts, guts and a horribly nightmarish past tackles a serial killer with a macabre literary sense. Meanwhile he's been partnered with a former lover - now engaged - and his own PTSD driven explosive behavior has driven his own fiancé away for good. A very good read, well worth the credit. Ready for another.

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Loved it!

I tried the book on a lark (ha, ha, pun intended -- read the book and you'll see why), and I am very glad I did. I enjoy thrillers. I also enjoy humorous books. Books and movies that combine both are irresistible.

The plot had twists and turns, the characters were compelling (no cardboard cut-outs here), and the narration was perfect.

I am eagerly awaiting the second book in the series!

49 of 54 people found this review helpful

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Wow. Just Wow.

A spine chilling thriller of the non-cliched kind. Outstanding narrator brings each well developed character to life. One of my best for this year or ever.

Love that it is set in Liverpool too.

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Love It!

Would you listen to A Tapping at My Door again? Why?

I have listened to it again. Love the reader's ability to capture all of the voices. Love the introduction to Nathan Cody (He can't sing Single Ladies, but he can do the dance). Cody's internal character is well-developed. He is such a mess but very smart and committed and that makes me want to see him triumph!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tapping at My Door?

There are several great moments in the book, but the introduction to the main character is my favorite.

Which scene was your favorite?

Cody working undercover to catch a flasher.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. That's not to discredit the book. I liked listening to the story over a period of time.

Any additional comments?

This book is a great read/listen. All of the main characters are well-developed and the story plot is quite straightforward. If there is another book coming, I'd totally get it. I want to know what happens to Nathan Cody.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Gory but if you can get past that a great performance by the amazing Keeble!!!

Keebles voice is hypnotic - and his voices
Are excellent. Good story - kept me captivated the whole way through

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Too much thinks

Characters are interesting , but continual mind games as each wrestles with personal demons become tiresome. Otherwise we'll - plotted,

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 09-27-17

A Tad Over he Top But WHUDAHECK?

DS Nathan Cody's complexities are intriguing. Want to see more of his history unravel in the future. Yeah, here's another villain that's teetering over the top, but OK, these are adventure 'stories', right? Escapist stuff. Things that I listen to when I cleanup the kitchen, mow the lawn, repair the shutters... like that. I'm not listening to Tolstoy or Chekov. Not studying physics. And this story's a great distraction, made me long for a good backyard to wash down.

Jonathan Keeble's got so many subtle accents, and characterizations in his toolkit that I'm anxious to hear him keep doing it. In all, worth the credit. Enjoy.

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  • JIMENA
  • LAKEWOOD, CA, United States
  • 11-08-16

Started Strong but weakened

I liked this at the beginning but somehow it became a bit redundant, the main characters were dull, the story moved really slow and it just really made me feel a bit disappointed, and wanting more. I am not sure I recommend this.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Kit
  • 04-24-16

Gripping thirller well worth a listen.

Very good storyline and fantastic narrator. This is my first book by David Jackson and I am already looking for the next. I thought the narration was superb and especially liked the accents. This is a serious story but some people will always see humour in the darkest subjects. This was reflected in things said by the characters so the story was made all the more real to me for that. Well recommended.

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  • Cathryn B.
  • 04-11-16

Excellent Story well worth a listen

I wondered where this story was going in the first few chapters but so glad I kept on listening to which turned out to be an excellent story. I won't spoil it for you.
The narrator was brilliant and brought the characters to life.
I am now going to look for more books by David Jackson to listen to.

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  • The Messypig
  • 06-22-16

really enjoyed this

Loved this book - could not wait to get back into the car to hear some more.
Narration was excellent and the characters well rounded - good story too

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jools
  • 04-17-16

Excellent

Great book made even better by the excellent narrator, looking forward to a follow up book.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Avril
  • 06-25-16

A thoroughly enjoyable read

The author was new to me, and I enjoyed this thriller so much I will be buying more of his work. Good fast paced story with an excellent reader. Looking forward to,the next in this series.

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  • Ann D
  • 05-25-16

Excellent! Up there with the best!

Any additional comments?

This is a beautifully constructed thriller. It is written in a fullsome, yet concise style. The characters have real depth. I especially like Webley, a strong female character, without the usual hard edge that most writers seem to think must be associated with strength in a woman. I was a little concerned when the motivation for the killer's actions was revealed. Without giving a spoiler (I hate them), I feared that a terrible, and shameful part of UK history, and the distress for those involved, was about to be cynically exploited. However, Jackson handled the issue with elegant sensitivity. I hope that this is the first in a series of DS Cody stories. I keenly await the next.

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  • Tony Barker
  • 06-23-16

great new talent

wonderful narration intruiging plot cant wait for next instalment
i really enjoyed this audiobook and will look out for other stories by this author

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  • Liane
  • 04-20-16

Another corker from David Jackson!

Excellent storyline as usual, characters well brought to live. This is the continuation of a great series......a must read!

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  • Linda
  • 08-14-16

For me a good new author found

First time I have listened (or read) this author. I thought this was excellent on all fronts - tho would agree with a couple of other reviewers that the end could have been a little better. That said most of what I read and listen to I would say the same. I am not one to worry about 'female' characters but I have to say I agree with other reviewers on this score that both our hero's boss and the new constable (his ex girlfriend) are ace. I was disappointed to see other titles by this very excellent author are USA based - which I don't usually like. I certainly hope we have another one in this series.

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  • janet
  • 10-10-16

gave it up

I struggled with this for a couple of hours but had to give in - couldn't bear the Liverpool accent adopted by the otherwise excellent Mr. Keeble - sorry. Obviously the story didn't engage me anywhere near enough to persevere.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-16

Overpriced

Too much padding ie repetition of inconsequential facts over and over. Melodramatic performance making it difficult retain interest.

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  • Ed Napiorkowski
  • 10-26-17

Ok but not brilliant

Ok but a few too many unlikely scenarios for me with some events and character interactions making everything fall into place too conveniently especially the ending.

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  • Roy Jenner
  • 07-29-17

A stunning presentation. Breathtaking - articulate

The ultimate in crime thrillers. Don't hesitate. Holds you until the last sentence. Do it.

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  • BigEars
  • 07-27-16

Tapping into entertainment Plus++++

Thoroughly enjoyed the book and narrator. They both joined together to tell a spellbinding modern story that had me at the edge of my seat. The modern references made the story come alive and the characters rang true to me.
I have been a listener for three years now and have taken to enjoying many series. Recently, this book has become my all time favourite. Shall be looking for more of David Jackson with Jonathan Keeble as the narrator.

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  • Daina
  • 06-15-16

Gripping

Well written and good build up of suspense. Great descriptive language. Narrators voice was clear, accent and all, although a little old for the apparent age of the character. Would definitely recommend this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful