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Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

But things don't go as planned. Plagued by a heroin habit, forced to go on the run after the only credible witness to Victoria's murder is accidentally killed, wanted by both the Colorado cops and the Ulster police, Alex struggles just to stay alive.

Gritty, with spot-on dialogue and black humor, Hidden River is a dynamic thriller.

©2004 Adrian McKinty; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Mystery

"This is not only an expertly crafted suspense novel but also a revealing study of addiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"A storyteller with the kind of style and panache that blur the line between genre and mainstream."(Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Dave
  • Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada
  • 04-04-11

My favorite McKinty novel

Apart from the Lighthouse series, I have read all the McKinty novels on I enjoyed immensely each one as I read them one after the other. However, Hidden River is my favorite. Exciting story with many unusual twists especially towards and at the end. Gerard Doyle does an extraordinary job as narrator making each character come to life. I am from Newfoundland (Canada) and I particularly enjoy the Irish humor which is abundant despite the nature of the novel.
This is undoubtedly a "must-read'.

49 of 50 people found this review helpful

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  • Dawn
  • Henrico, VA, United States
  • 10-29-05

Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!

This pairing of author and reader is so good! The basic outline of the story is very similar to Dead I Well May Be: young, down-and-out Irishman comes to the US only to find greater troubles there. This is more complex in that herion-addicted Alex proves to be his own worst enemy and the troubles just keep snowballing. Part of the suspense is waiting for Alex to just wake up and see what the rest of us have already figured out. What makes audiobook really special, though, is Gerard Doyle. His style is so natural and conversational you'd never know he had written material in front of him. He simply becomes Alex and tells us his story. He's a remarkable reader. Highly recommended listening.

65 of 67 people found this review helpful

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Not Mc Kinty's Best.

Let me start by saying that yet again Gerard Doyle did a masterful job narrating this book. I can't imagine a better narrator for McKinty's characters.

The story was excellent is places, however as a whole the story left me cold, the ending was particularly annoying. It seemed like the author did not have a good plan and was spending a lot of time building some excellent characters, like the native Indian detective only to just give him a very trivial role toward the end.

I don't regret buying this recording, however I think this book could have been so much more.

Mc Kinty is an excellent author and I would urge anyone to start with the Cold Cold Ground or The Falling Glass series.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Edged with tension, revealed in great dialog

McKinty can take you into a seedy dangerous community and make you feel comfortable. The realism, the feeling of normalcy inside of disfunction that McKinty portrays is what puts the edge to his stories. The dialog is written with beauty and the narrator is fantastic. If you like edgy tension filled suspense written with skill and an eye for the eccentric then McKinty is an author you should explore. This is a book I do recommend with the caveat that the story moves in a very seedy world where drug use and sex are a part of the story.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Poulsbo, WA, United States
  • 03-18-16

Deep but a bit scattered, not my favorite McKinty

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The story follows a mans journey from a limited blue collar ( and criminal) background through a very dark experience in the United States with a little light at the end. I found the story was slow, took on too many social issues and in the end was just not that satisfying. Love much of the other work McKinty has done, this one was not as satisfying. Very good job by the narrator.

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  • Angie
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 04-25-08

I love this narrator

I love this narrator. he has narrated other books by this author and I really liked all of them. The deep Irish lilt of the narrator makes the main character very easy to like. I also like that his main characters seem to all be flawed heros. They are not even very good people sometimes but you love them anyways

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Larry
  • Watersmeet, MI, United States
  • 02-23-11

It was okay

It was okay, but I thought it to be a bit boring - unlike the Michael Forsyth character in the author's other books. Not sure why I felt this way, but listening to the number of times this guy would shoot up his dope may be the reason. I found nothing interesting about how a junkie feels while on a high.

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

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You have to like the narration

I really enjoyed listening to the "Dead" series by Adian McKintey so decided to download this one as well. It's a good story - I with I had listened to it before the others. It's a nice story line, a good narrator (if you like the Irish broque), a really nice listen - worth the credit.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Another winner

Actually, the mystery of this book is not hard to figure out but it is the journey you take with the main character of revealing the raw complexities of human nature and overcoming his personal tragedies and flaws that make this novel so refreshing. Wonderfully complex and realistic, you won't regret listening to this one. This author/narrator combination is easily among the best on Audible. One caveat: the language is pretty strong so don't listen with the kids.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 03-21-06

A simple story, richly told...

An abridgement of this book would be an absolute sin. This very personal, intimate story of a young and brilliant man in over his head before the book even opens, is wonderfully written and warmly and plaintively read. Rich, ample literary and historical references are inserted with grace and style, and Alexander Lawson may well be the most-hapless anti-hero in modern fiction. A very suitable place for a Jewish ex-cop from Belfast. McGinty has captured the seamy side of Denver and the air of American politics with astonishing aplomb. I'll be looking for any more books from this author, and I hope that Gerard Doyle will be reading them.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful