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Two years after Clint Wolf's life has been disrupted forever, he's asked to serve as police chief for a quiet little town deep in the swamps of Louisiana. But the tranquility of the town is shattered when a severed arm is found in the jowls of an alligator.

With the aid of Sergeant Susan Wilson, Clint investigates and it isn't long before they realize someone has been murdered. As the investigation ensues, Clint battles secret demons from his past as he befriends a local reporter named Chloe, who proves to be an asset to the case when she shares information from a source who says the murder was part of a larger plot.

Will Clint and Susan unveil and foil the larger plot before it's too late, or will the citizens of Louisiana awaken to a horror worse than any in their state's history?

©2015, 2016 BJ Bourg (P)2017 BJ Bourg

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 12-04-17

3.5 Stars The Ending Was Deflating!!

This was a well written book. I enjoyed most of the story, and had a good time trying to predict what was going to happen next, or the overall plot. One minute I am leaning to one character as favourable, and then I find myself despising them later. I ended up liking characters, and could feel my emotions begin to spike when dramatic things would happen with them. It keeps your attention, and has a great plot. The main issue is the cliff hanger ending which really annoys me. Having said that I am going to get the next book. I was privileged to be provided a copy of this book for a honest and unbiased review

J. Scott Bennett was good with the delivery of the story although I found his voice a little monotone

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Book 1

The characters were real and beautifully written. You will feel as if you actually know these people- This author paints his characters with a colorful brush, and they come out quite three dimensional.

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An Awesome Listen

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review. I really enjoyed this book. It has great characters and a fast paced plot. The hero is flawed, but does his job as police chief so well. As he tries to solve a murder, he is drawn into a mysterious plot. Between the writing and the narration this is a great audiobook. I will be listening to Book 2, if its half as good as the first one, I'll be thrilled.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great!

Great mystery that had me guessing all the way through. I need book 2 right away! Well written and fantastic narration!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not forgotten and not forgiven...

It's one of those suspence / crime novels that keeps you glued to the pages late at night...
It starts with a horrible incident, an unimaginable tragedy which leaves Clint Wolf scarred for life and then goes on a rollercoaster of at first seemingly unexplained and illogical events, with lots of red herrings on the way, to end with a big boom when we finally get to know the solution to all this plotting and machinations. Then it all becomes clear and we wonder why we didn't see it coming...:)

The characters are very well drawn with just a few sentences, their personalities are diverse and definitely not white and black - there are a lot of grays in all of them. We can even understand to some extent why the villains are the villains and feel, well, unwilling compassion for them...

The interpretation of the book is really good - Mr Bennett does equally well both male and female voices, and the pace of his reading is just right.

It is a definite must for all crime/suspence/mystery lovers.

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Great book

This was an amazing murder mystery. I wasn't sure I would enjoy it with the way the book began but it surprised me. I really enjoyed Clint's character. The end was a big surprise usual I can figure out "who done it". I would definitely recommend this book and plan on getting the next one in the series.i received this book for free for an honest review.

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Crocs, dead pp, mayhem...all in a day’s work

Clint is the new sheriff in a small LA town. Two years ago he his wife and daughter during an armed robbery at a restaurant. His 2nd day on the job and he’s on the bayou responding to a crocodile attack...that turns out to be quite an adventure! Then a crocodile is killed and an arm is discovered in its stomach...now the hunt is on for the missing man. Throw in a sweet reporter, who seems to care for Clint, former sheriff with a grudge, someone taking potshots, literally...and there isn’t a dull moment. Clint is also using alcohol to treat his PTSD. The murder of a high government official casts suspicion on Clint and the suspense really ramps up...you’ll never guess the mastermind behind it all. Truly an excellent book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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I loved every minute of this book, I didn't want it to end!
I read many detective/thrillers and this one is top class, first rate. Excellent story line superbly written detective genre, with a main character that is both likeable yet with flaws.
My first outing with BJ Bourg but I look forward to more.
The narration is excellent - I've never been to Louisiana but with J Scott Bennett's narration I can picture it hear it even smell the swamps.
Author and narrator combine to make this book a very good Listen.
I received a free copy book at my request in exchange for an honest review.

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Outstanding!!! I loved this book!

I loved all of the twists this book had! I did not figure out who the killer was, which is so hard to find in a good book. The author of this book was new to me, while I have listened to several books performed by the narrator. I think J.Scott Bennett did an outstanding job with this book. He added so much with his distinguishable voices for the various characters and put the right emotions into it as well. The imagery in this book was vivid too! I can't wait to listen to more of this series. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. This book was such a great story that I will listen to it again to see if I missed any clues on who the killer was.

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Great mystery!

I'm not a fan of stories going dark a lot or of police procedural books that progress at a slow, languorous pace so was hesitant to begin this book. Was it dark . . . yes, but the story line made it work. Was it slow . . . no! It felt like I was done quickly after I began.

Clint Wolf is a broken man that you just have to love. He begins a new career as Police Chief of a small Louisiana town and immediately the action starts. I found myself listening every chance I got instead of just in my commute.

J. Scott Bennett did an excellent job in making each character come to life. While I was surprised that Clint was only 29, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book.

BJ Bourg wrote in a style that resembles some of my favorite mystery authors but with his own polish and twist. I definitely will check out his and J. Scott's other books on Audible. I love finding new authors / narrators and given a free audiobook for my honest review and it is this good to read.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-12-17

What happened to your face?

The first day as Chief of Police in the backwater Louisiana town of Merchant Loup wasn't as quiet as Clint Wolf had expected - an oversized alligator had taken a large dog and had to be hunted down. It does not go well and Clint spends the night in a tree, cold, miserable and covered in mosquito bites. Welcome to the new job. Things are going to get far worse.

This superbly written story sucks the reader in like the river mud of the bayou The characters, especially Wolf himself and his small police team, are completely three dimensional, with realistic dialogue and interaction. The feel of the surrounding land just oozes from the pages. And the story is pretty good, too, with fights and confrontation, murder and conspiracy, jealousy and hatred, crocodiles and a dog called Achilles. Oh, and just a twist of romance. Add in the (always) superb narration of J.Scott Bennett, whose deliciously softly accented voice perfectly fits the subject as well as bringing all the other protagonists vocally alive, and this book is as near perfection as it can get. O.K. perhaps one or two tiny flaws, but way too small to matter.

This is not a slick, poster comic detective; Clint Wolf is a fully rounded, if flawed and troubled man trying slowly to regain his life. But he has kindness, loyalty, strength and a good sense of humour. He'll need all of those to get him through his first few days as Police Chief in swampy Merchant Loup.

Highly recommended.