2016 ANTHONY AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST AUDIOBOOK
Four missing women. Three suspects living parallel lies. Two forces battling for a resolution. One cop determined to clear a friend. Zero opportunity for failure. Causing Chaos - Vengeance for Truth.
Inola Walela's final days as a Bryson City police officer take a perilous turn when her Cherokee childhood friend becomes lead suspect in the disappearance of four women. The investigation entangles Inola and her fiancé, Sheriff Steven Hawk, in a web of deceit as they vie for vengeance, meeting danger head-on in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina.
"Standing round of applause for this dynamite blast of a thriller." - Suspense Magazine
Author: Deborah J Ledford is a 2014 Anthony Award Nominee for the audiobook version of CRESCENDO. Three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, other novels by the award-winning author include Causing Chaos, Staccato, and The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist Snare.
Narrator: Christina Cox is the 2014 Anthony Award-nominated narrator of Crescendo, best known for her starring roles on numerous television series including Defying Gravity for ABC and Blood Ties for Lifetime, as well as guest starring roles in all of the NCIS series', Arrow, 24, Motive, and as Officer Zoey Kruger on Dexter. She is also known for the feature films The Chronicles of Riddick and Better Than Chocolate.
This is a truly fantastic story. It's got everything Deborah J Ledford is known for in her psychological thrillers: Complex characters, dark secrets and interesting locales...all twisted together in the gripping story of a serial killer cold case that threatens Inola's closest friend. As she investigates, her own life is put in danger. I have enjoyed all of Ledford's novels in her Inola Walela series, and this one is no exception. Be warned: Once you start listening, you won't be able to stop!
I was also floored by the fantastic rendition of the story by Christina Cox. She amazes me with her talent for voices, accents, dialects and roles. She was able to effortlessly convey both a true New Jersey and an authentic German accent (among many others). She also portrayed Native Americans in a completely un-stereotypical way that was refreshing to hear. Her narrative voice is pure pleasure to the ear.
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I love books that linger in my mind and soul for days. That's the sign of a great story, isn't it?
Causing Chaos, by Deborah J. Ledford, is one of those books. I've listened to/read three of Ms. Ledford's novels before and always loved them. But this one really grabbed hold of my mind and heart. I do believe this author has written her most powerful novel to date.
Inola Walela is the half-Cherokee cop whose head we are in for the whole book. She's angry. Confused. Torn between two worlds. Worried about her heritage and Native American family and roots, yet devoted to her career as a policewoman. She's a dark, heroic character, full of negative thoughts, suppressing horrific memories, always angry...Yet her devotion to her childhood friend -- native name Falcon -- is deep and authentic when he is accused of his wife's disappearance and possible murder. Sure, she has doubts. She's human. She's a well-trained cop. But she does love Falcon and fights to find and help him.
I loved all the characters: Inola's solid, strong, life partner, Hawk; her feisty, mysterious grandmother with all the bad history they share; the adorable little Wren, so innocent and sweet as she flitted around Inola's grandmother's side; Traegger, Inola's adorable female partner who's about to become an FBI profiler (perfect complement to Inola's personality), but I especially loved Falcon (Paven Navar). Falcon really got to me, and I think part of it was through the brilliant narration that drew out his sense of confusion, innocence, and aching love for his missing wife.
My first impression of the narration by Christina Cox was that it was too low and dark, but in minutes I realized this is the perfect voice for Inola, It matched her thoughts perfectly, and when the new voices arrived--always consistent and always unique--I became a renewed fan of this actor. She did an outstanding job of infusing the appropriate emotion into each character, and she really seemed to link with Inola's spirit.
I'd like to thank Ms. Ledford for an outstanding listen. I received this book for free to review, but would have bought it instantly had I known about it first. Highly recommended listen/read!
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Mystery, romance, an FBI profiler in training, exotic characters, 3 law enforcement agencies and Oreo the horse.
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This book has all the elements of a wonderful mystery: a vivid setting, complex and interesting characters, and a great plot. I highly recommend it.
This is the second book by Ledford that I have listened to and this was as good, no...better than the first. She is a great writer who keeps you constantly waiting for more. I just wish she had more books.
The narrator, Christina Cox, did a fabulous job. It's easy to tell she is a professional.