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There was no doubt the man was dead. A bullet through the head will do that. But, who was dead? The man had no identification, no known address, no Social Security information could be found, and the fingerprint search came up empty.

Detective Nate Burns, Albuquerque Police Department, knew two things. The man was dead and he was blood type O+. The most common type of blood in the country.

Dead Men Walking, is a fast paced police drama that tells the story of Detective Nate Burns, a man haunted by his past. That haunting has suddenly appeared in the present.

His Captain wants him fired.

A friend is calling in a favor.

A convict wants to make a bargain

His wife is thinking of divorce.

It's a good thing he's serving a suspension. He'll find time to work all this out.

Dead Men Walking, is the follow-up to the award-winning, first Nate and Clare novel, The Tenth Nail. The story continues with Nate being assigned to a most difficult case. At the same time, he is trying to salvage his marriage, and since his wife, Clare, has returned to college, he must make sure he is not late picking up his daughter from her summer reading class.

©2017 Kwen D Griffeth (P)2017 Kwen D Griffeth

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Nate is back and better for it

Nate was a real jerk in the first book, The Tenth Nail. To be honest, he just wasn't a 100 percent upright guy. He was really fallible and behaved questionably. The swign of a good book is when you get to see character growth. While he isn't perfect, Nate does see some growing pains that accompany his shift in character, he is improving. He and his wife get along, and it is about time we get to see someone (Claire) who is devoted to their marriage.

I guess you want to hear about the good stuff? Well, if you read the first book you know that Nate received a little time off and has to go to counseling before he is apermited to return. He and Claire struggle, but are dedicated to overcome his issues with monogamy and rebuild their marriage. But, the mystery of a murder creeps in to his life, and in order to help a buddy Nate reopens old wounds, and it turns out that what he thought were faded scars actually ran deeper than he realized.

The book is outstanding, and I feel it is an improvement on the first book, but then we should always grow and improve. McSorely really has Nate down to a Tee at this point, he plays the haggard detective smoothly, as if he is doing an imitation of someone he knows. It's either that or he is lterally channeling the spirit of some Chandleresque detective. Anything is possible!!!!

This is powerful character study, a marvelous mystery, and a book you won't want to miss. Get book one while you are at it!!!! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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I didn't see that coming!

Kwen Griffeth is an excellent mystery writer! He grabs your attention from the very beginning with all the twists and turns and holds you spellbound right up to the very end.

Paul J McSorley has a dynamic voice that brings the characters to life.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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5* All the Way

It is a great read/listen. Second book in the series, storyline even stronger than book 1, Nate and Claire become real people in this book combined with a first rate detective mystery/thriller.
Paul J McSorley bring Nate to life - I can't imagine anyone else as Nate.
The writing of the author and the narration paired together seamlessly.
I recieved a free copy of this audiobook at my request and voluntarily leave this review.

I highly recommend this book, and also recommend any of the author other works. They are all good reads.

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Nate is redeemed

Wow! So much better than book 1. Nate has redeemed himself to me, and Clare has become a saint in my eyes. The story had a great plot, good flow, and I loved the involvement of the family in this story. With the safety of his family in jeopardy, Nate shows the true strength of his love for his family. We also here stories about Nate through some of the supporting characters’ points of view that let us know what a truly great guy he is. I was completely surprised by the ending and can’t wait to listen to book 3. Of course, J. Paul Sorely does an amazing job at narrating. Thank you, Paul, for offering a review copy of this story.

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 03-23-18

I liked him in this book!

Kwen Griffeth has a way of telling a story and staying real with personalities, human-ness (is that a word? lol), and realism. I honestly didn't respect Nate much in book 1 due to his seemingly lack of integrity is some areas of his life (unfaithfulness, willing to kill a man, etc), but, with book 2, even though he is the same man, it feels like he has learned some life lessons and willing to become a better person. I like his wife Clare VERY much in this book. I love her faithfulness to her marriage, her family and herself and I love how well she loves her husband, making him want to be a better man for her. The story telling reminds us that life is short and don't waste it being mad or trying to be someone you are not. I like how the end brings both books together to explain what made Nate to be who he is and why.
I listened to the audio version of this book and, once again, I believe Paul J. McSorley does an excellent job. He fits the man that Nate seems to be. He seems to get a bit 'breathy' when he is performing the women's parts, but, it is not distracting and seems to fit the parts. His 'narration' of the story is very good. I am fast becoming a fan of both the author and the narrator!

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  • 03-23-18

Pretty good story

Nate Burns is a great detective but he thinks he’s not such a great person. Just like any of us, he makes mistakes and he does great things as well. I really enjoy Griffeth’s book, especially because they’re narrated by one of my favorite narrators. They are a great duo!

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Great story!!! Full of action and suspense.

Fantastic followup to the Tenth Nail! I so enjoyed getting to know the characters more. Can't wait for the next in the series.

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Just keeps getting better.

The title of this book is so well chosen. Kwen keeps surprising me with unexpected twists and turns. Nate’s character is evolving wonderfully and so is Clare’s. The narration adds a great deal to the story. Cannot wait to see what happens next.

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Old Demons come to the surface.

A fantastic audio book from Kwen D. Griffeth. This is a follow-up to “Tenth Nail” and Nate is struggling with his suspension from the force. He is required to see a psychiatrist for 8 visits before this suspension will be lifted. Claire and Nate are also struggling with their marriage due to Nate’s infidelity and anger issues.
Nate is asked to help his friend Jack look into a murder of an unknown man and while working on the case and struggling to keep his marriage together, Nate finally gets in touch with emotions. We learn the truth about old wounds and demons.
Paul J McSorley once again did an excellent job or narrating this book.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A non-formulaic mystery

This is a more character-driven mystery than average. Nate seems like a bit of a bully, but some rationale for his behavior is disclosed in this story.

Paul J McSorley seems to have toned down the drama in his performance just a little and has given the characters distinctive and appropriate voices, although performing Nate's daughters is a real stretch for him.

Speaking of Nate's daughters, they needed to be more fully developed as characters. It's good that they played a part in the story, but we didn't really get to know them.

Interestingly, the mystery doesn't seem formulaic. Unfortunately, some important details of the story are glossed over or omitted altogether. Still, it's engaging with a satisfying ending.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful