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Publisher's Summary

Michael Robotham's Suspect, hailed as "a lightning-paced debut" by Entertainment Weekly, was an international best seller that raised the bar for thrillers. Now two characters from that acclaimed novel, Detective Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, return for the electrifying Lost. When Detective Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, he has a bullet in his leg, a photograph of a missing (and presumed dead) girl in his pocket, and absolutely no memory of what happened.
©2006 Michael Robotham; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"A thoughtful and subtle thriller, with convincing, three-dimensional characters." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • susan
  • West Hills, CA, United States
  • 05-10-14

More from this reader!

Good story - I was kept guessing as to the ultimate conclusion. The twists and turns did not seem contrived and there was no violence that was over-the-top. But the best part of the book was the reader. This is the first novel I've read by Michael Robotham and I was very disappointed to see that Ray Lonnen doesn't read any of the others. He is top notch!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Gripping from opening lines

This is an example of the perfect match between narrator and spoken word. The tension and intrigue is there from the minute the book gets underway and I look forward to hearing more from both the author and narrator.

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  • Gwen
  • Cullowhee, NC, USA
  • 08-02-06

intelligent read

I really enjoyed the way the author led me through the book, but the reader is what made the book come alive. His accents were fantastic, and made me really pay attention. I can't wait to hear more from both the author and the reader.

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  • Marcia
  • Watertown, NY, United States
  • 04-29-06

A different kind of detective.

Driven by his own past this detective isn't perfect and the story line has great twists and turns. Not one of those "I know who did it" in the first 100 pages books.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 07-13-15

Liked all of the endings!

Michael Robotham's written another anti-police-procedural here. "Anti"? Well yeah. Once again the chain of command is crammed full of contentious hurdles for the lead character, and I'm kind of tired of reading about dysfunctional cops.
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Still, this is a kind of ingenious caper mystery with literal twists that kept my attention. Ray Lonnen brings a British tongue to the read that seems authentic yet remains accessible to my Yankee ears. I wish he'd do female voices a little better, but he does keep the entire cast impeccably straight with distinctive voices.
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I'm glad that I discovered Robotham with this novel, and look forward to him bobbing my imagination again. Oh, and BTW, those twists I mentioned up above? They crash in like tidal waves wrapping up the plot, over and over again. Can't explain any better than that without giving away too much, but it'll be cool to see if you agree with me.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ross
  • Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
  • 07-24-06

Brilliant!

I really enjoy english police literature such as Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks stories. I had no past experience with this author or the reader. The story is well crafted and unlike some other listeners I felt it moved along quite nicely. It is very English in style, not nearly so fast paced as an American police novel perhaps but with wonderful characters and the English risk that all may not come out well in the end.

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 05-01-15

Robotham's Dive

If you read my reviews, you know I am a big fan of Robotham, so you can imagine how I was looking forward to this book. Therefore, it came as quite a surprise and disappointment for me to feel so ambivalent toward it.

I listened to it through to the end, although it felt like much too long a plod for me. I felt the story line was somewhat farfetched, also. This is a very dark and gritty novel that explores the seamiest and seediest side of life imaginable. Picture a child molester, picture traveling through sewers flowing with feces, add a missing and presumed dead little girl and a very damaged and deteriorating investigator, our own Vincent Ruiz.

Ruiz has spent the greater part of his life as an honest and successful criminal investigator and yet for some reason, he has no credibility and is distrusted and held in contempt by his superiors in this story. Just how did that happen? And going along with the current trend of very damaged law enforcement "heroes", he is several times divorced and alienated with his own children. Is this really supposed to endear us to him or make him somehow more interesting? I am getting sick and tired of broken and deteriorating detectives with wretched personal lives. Enough already!

On the bright side, Robotham has a very unique writing style that should not be discounted. It is effectively and very simply descriptive. You feel almost like you have been shrunken and put in the protagonist's shirt pocket. You can smell things he smells, you see what he sees, you hear what he hears. Little details that paint a picture for you. Robotham really has a knack for this. I only wish he would come up a little way from the dark shadows and sewers once in a while.

Ray Lonnen did a fine and very credible narration which is on a par with narrations by Sean Barrett, who has performed a number of the other books by this author.

While this isn't my favorite Robotham mystery, I am not giving it a thumbs down. I'm leaving it up to you to decide whether you want to dive in.



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Maybe try the abridged.

Goddarn the longest book I've listened to. Very repetitive . Good narrator is what kept me going. I usually enjoy the authour.

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  • Ásdís
  • Siglufjörður, Iceland
  • 11-25-14

Good story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend the book to all that like a good criminal- and mind reading (meaning Dr.Joseph O'Loughlin) story.

What did you like best about this story?

Don't know what was best. I few things bothered me such as how the detective had physical endurance to make his inquiring as he did. But it is fiction, right??

Which character – as performed by Ray Lonnen – was your favorite?

I must say that Mr. Lonnen is not quit to my liking reading this book. Many characters where good, like the doctor and his wife for instant. But detective Ruiz was so soft and so different from the book The Sucpect that he lost my a little, if you know what I mean.

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

Yes,and I listened every minute I had to do so!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Ok but not great

Guess I was hoping for more given the other reviews, but this was just so-so. We'll read and I got through the story, but it seemed to drag in places.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful