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On the last day of his job, retiring IRS manager Frank Amato receives a shocking letter from a stranger delving into his past - one filled with sociopaths, murders, and terror Amato had fought to forget. After arriving home, he clutches the letter in his trembling hand as he digs out the manuscript he wrote years ago - the one he never published. Only he knows why. His heart rate skyrockets as he focuses on the title, Murder 1040: The Final Audit. This was his story. In fact, he was the main character, caught in a life-and-death struggle. He shivers, knowing the ghosts will taunt him as he revisits those pages. Thank God he's off the clock. For good.

©2016 Fred Lichtenberg (P)2017 Fred Lichtenberg

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Thought Bubbles Galore

This is a story an exploration of the blurred lines between taxpayer, internal, and criminal investigations, which is a great concept that was poorly delivered. The writing lacked the maturity required to give the telling the verve it deserved. The protagonist’s constant and unnecessary sharing of his thoughts from beginning to end brings the work to an elemental level Unfortunately, we hear not only the thoughts of the protagonist, but nearly every other character—and there are lots of them. Here’s one example:


“At 7:05, she pulled into the empty parking lot and entered the building. As she exited the elevator on the second floor, she noticed the noticed the morning sun shining in from the office.” (Here it comes… the thought bubble, loud and clear and lethal.) … “WHY IS THAT DOOR OPEN?”

This is kind of notice-style thought bubbles littered the text/narration to a stifling degree, which served to only to insult the reader/listener and annihilate the flow. Lichtenberg's skill would have been better showcased (and readers/listeners more closely drawn in) by having characters act out their innermost thoughts rather than simply blurt them out. Still the story itself remained interesting until the second half of the narrative when it became muddled with too many characters and faltering subplots. More robust dialogues would have given the story spark and helped it to recover from its unfavorable qualities.

As Lichtenberg’s craft develops, it will be interesting to see how he applies it any future novel ideas.

The narration was professional. A bit of spark, e.g. stronger sense of engagement with the story would have hiked up points.

This book was provided by the author or narrator for a review.

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Very good

“ I voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher."
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good book

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An unusual audit

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A very original story. A twisted plot and solid character. Suspenseful and unexpected. An audit of oneself is hopefully less exciting as his, though for the book it was a great time. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher.

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  • valgy
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  • 03-30-17

I must have missed something

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I did not enjoy this book at all. It is very rare that I give up on a book but I gave up somewhere in the middle of this book. I found it boring and so difficult to follow. I will be returning it.

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The Tax Man Cometh

The tax man cometh
Frank Amato is a retiring IRS Agent who we find out is an unlikely but diligent hero of this South Florida mystery. When he receives a letter on his last day of work before retiring. This letter revives old memories and then he reopens an old manuscript, one he thought he had put away for good. The manuscript tells the story of a mystery in his past.
It is not often that we see an IRS official as a hero and to some degree he may be the only good agent in his office.
The is an entertaining/intriguing mystery that lays out the story somewhat the old Dragnet series. “Just the facts ma’am”. Well worth the listen.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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"A lotta sick people out there, cousin."

On the day of his retirement as head of the Palm Beach office of the IRS, Frank Amato receives a package containing a letter and an old journal of his dating back to 1995. He had just taken over at the office, following the sudden retirement of Williams, his predecessor. One of the agents there had recently been murdered. Unwilling to sit back and do nothing, Frank looks into the cases which the murdered agent had been investigating and, in so doing, finds discrepances​ and possible bribes being taken. But by whom? Working with a police detective, they both get drawn into a conspiracy beyond mere tax evasion and corruption. And Frank slowly falls in love.

Written in a noir style, this thrilling book is constantly changing direction as increasing numbers of people come under suspicion both of the original murders (there is another, besides the IRS agent, shot almost at the same time by the same gun) and of further deaths as well as financial improprieties and allegations of bribe making and taking, quickly rising into higher levels of society. It is complex, twisting and turning, and throughout it all Frank is severely tested in his intention to bring the wrongdoers to justice.

The book is characterised by short, snappy sentences within short chapters. Fred Filbrich has the perfect voice for this story, rich and quite deep, with steady pace, slick and quick and no unecessary inflection, as befits this type of prose. His character voicings do not have major delimitation but it is always clear who is speaking. One irritation, however, is a faint clicking in the background like metallic paper being crumples or tiny beads running spasmodically over a metal dish. Only audible when the volume is high, this continuing background accompaniment, once heard is hard to ignore and can be distracting.

I received my copy of Murder 1040: the Final Audit, as a gift from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. I enjoyed it very much and was absorbed into it totally for much of the time, not knowing where it would lead next. Because it is quite long and complex in plot, with a number of protagonists for the reader to follow, I would have liked to have also had a written copy of the text in which I could refer back to earlier passages - not essential but handy if the book cannot be heard in a fairly concentrated listen. But a well grafted and involving book which should appeal to anyone who enjoys complex investigative thrillers.

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This Story Was Full Of Insight..

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes I Would... The Book Was Entertaining...

What do you think your next listen will be?

A Thriller...

What about Fred Filbrich’s performance did you like?

Fred Was A Very Good Narrator..

Do you think Murder 1040 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The Author Could Have Had A Follow Up But The Story Kept Dragging On..It Could Have Ended Several Times But The Author Made It Very Unbelievable By Adding An Additional Character At The End... It Wasn't Necessary

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I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Incredibly Captivating

 "I was provided this audio book at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom dot com".  
This gripping mystery and suspense thriller is full of mystery and suspense, plot twists and surprises. or books with hard-boiled mystery thriller suspense & action, you will not be able to put this down & the end will have you begging for more.

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Captivating!

The twists keep on coming as Frank Amato peels away the layers of a bribery scheme to find the murderer of an IRS agent. He keeps you riveted through twists, turns and intrigues. A definite must read.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Good Read

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Murder 1040: The Final Audit by Fred Lichtennberg was a good read. Frank Amato is a retiring IRS manager who is brought back to a time he wanted to forget. When he went home he reread his manuscript he never published. This manuscript was based on his life and the pain he has been through.