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Publisher's Summary

Things are more complicated than they seam as the suspense builds in this wry and enjoyable police procedural. When Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney finds the dead body of hotel magnate Clifford Spalding at a mountain ranch, he has a pretty good idea about who to talk to; the list of suspects isn't long. Spalding had a devious wife who was cheating on him with a known thug, and an embittered ex-wife with mental problems. But when the pieces of the puzzle fall into place a little too easily, Kearney's suspicions are aroused.

Nationally best-selling author Michael McGarrity's Slow Kill is a stunning addition to an Anthony Award-nominated series the New York Times hails as "robust".

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©2004 Michael McGarrity; (P)2005 Recorded Books

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"Guidall reading a book is like having Michael Jordan on your basketball team: you already know it's going to be great." (AudioFile)

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Close but not cigar

I really wanted to like McGarrity's stories but they just don't have an ending,,, except that he stops writing.
The characters are engaging (if a little two dimensional) but the crime (in this case anyway) is convoluted and unlikely.
George Guidall is the saving grace. His performance let me give this book more stars than I would have without him.
I think this is my 3rd McGarrity book but there won't be a fourth. I'm truly sorry Mr. McGarrity -- I really did try.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Loved the narration but the rest was just a saga

The book was entertaining. But the ending was very weak, and it rambled on with the character after character. I enjoyed it up to a point but felt as if the plot was almost nonexistent. I LOVE Guidall and that is the only reason I picked it up and even listened to it all. was a little disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A very fine listening experience

George Guidall is such a wonderful narrator, plus he seems to capture the essence of the person is in the book.

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Great plot as usual

If you could sum up Slow Kill in three words, what would they be?

Excellent plot that really details how official police work takes place and integrating the usually interesting characters that McGarrity describes.

What other book might you compare Slow Kill to and why?

I compare all of McGarrity's books about Kevin Kearney and his family. I also compare Ace Atkins Ranger series.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

Well, I can't say enough about Guidall's performance and his ability to get me into the story and love the characters. I listened to him in the Longmire series and he is at his best in stories about the west.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I'm always fascinate with McGarrity's awesome descriptions of the New Mexico landscape which is obviously a beloved locale. But, then he takes us elsewhere with equally descriptive settings that I can easily visualize.

Any additional comments?

I hope I get to find out more about some of the characters that he introduces, but I am almost finished with the series. I will miss Kevin Kearney and all his funny, interesting, quirky, police buddies. However, I am hoping to get to know his son Patrick as he grows up and more than likely enters law enforcement.

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great mystery

Mcgarrity writes a good mystry. I really enjoyed this story. It has lots of twists.

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Holds interest

Mr. McGarrity knows how to keep a story moving along, but this one lacks the memorable lines and insights that separate good from great.
Good character development and use of sub plots. Guidall's narration is always a plus.

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  • 01-25-13

great story line

What made the experience of listening to Slow Kill the most enjoyable?

reading the whole series, this story just adds more flavor to the character

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

not all of the time... but the story was a great flow.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

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As good as anything by John Sanford

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

McGarrity is as good as John Sanford and Tony Hillerman and better than Craig Johnson.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Strong start to boring drivel - a WASTE of time

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm not sure who would enjoy a play-by-play of everything from what kind of tie a "non-character" wore, to changing a baby's diaper, to what the detective's wife (who the reader doesn't know from Eve) is doing at work. If one has a low tolerance for irrelevant filler this story will drive you mad. If filler is ok with you as long as it adds ambiance, this story will make you ill.

What do you think your next listen will be?

My mind needed a little refreshment so I'm listening to Lee Child's "The Hard Way.

How could the performance have been better?

Mr Guidall sounded like he had poorly fitted false teeth much of the time. He did a good job keeping the character's voices straight. If he does have false teeth, I will leave the subject to him and his dentist. If not, leave the whistling saliva voice out.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There were some very good ideas to form interesting stories around, but each died a slow, slooow death.

Any additional comments?

There are some authors who should not go anywhere with a tape recorder or dictation software. I think McGarrity is one. He seems to think that minutia is interesting and good writing. It's not. Giving the reader a short history lesson is ok to set the stage, or if it is relevant to the story; but to do it for passing scenery, roadside stops, and suburbs is just lazy filler.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful