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Publisher's Summary

Summoned by a friend, ex-cop Cam Richter agrees to do a favor: investigate the assault of a young woman in a remote area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cam knows the misty hills and shadowed hollers of the park, and his outdoor skills might break a case that local cops can't - or maybe don't want to - solve.

Cam has no idea how dangerous his search will become, because in this part of Appalachia, matriarch Grinny Creigh and her extended family destroy those who intrude into their web. The Creighs control the crystal meth trade and own just about everything and everyone in their neck of the woods. But they also operate a much worse enterprise, a dark secret that terrifies any children unfortunate enough to come within their grasp.

Blocked by a menacing sheriff with ties to the family, Cam is shut down and sent away, no wiser about why the young woman was attacked and what she saw. He returns, stealthily stalking the Creighs and their secrets, moving ever closer to Grinny's mountain house and what it might conceal...not knowing that his presence in her web has been detected, and that the Creighs are hunting him with creatures bred for that purpose and starved into relentless fury.

Listen to the first book, The Cat Dancers.
©2006 P. T. Deutermann; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Full of imaginative plotting touches." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ex-cop Cam Richter's interplay with all these characters will keep listeners engaged, especially as the realistic dialogue is enhanced by Hill's vocal skills." (AudioFile)

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  • Char
  • Omaha, NE, United States
  • 06-02-09

Love Them All

I'm afraid I totally disagree with the other review here. I've read all of the Cam Richter series including the new one Nightwalker. Deutermann couldn't write anything bad if he tried. This series is one of my favorites. I think the other reviewer should have finished the book. I always read books in a series in the order they were written. The Cat Dancers, Spider Mountain, The Moonpool, Firefly and Nightwalker. They are all excellent and much better if read in order. All of Deutermann's books are great but the Cam Richter series are still my favorites and hoping for another one in about a year. Read the book and make your own decision but read them in order, you won't be sorry you did. We all have different tastes so one bad review should not make a difference. And Dick Hill is the best narrator on the planet as far as I am concerned. Anything read by Dick Hill is better. A bad narrator can kill an audio book. Dick Hill won't dissappoint. Buy it and enjoy and read all the others in this series. I will be reading them more than once.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzn F
  • Fletcher, VT, US
  • 10-24-10

Scotch and Silliness

Gee, A book rated by others so highly had me psyched and ready to have a great listen. I thought the plot premise was interesting. However, the author was overindulgent and went way way too far in my opinion; thus this book was truly silly and unbelievable. The characters became more and more ridiculous; the main character kept talking about drinking scotch every few sentences, and I just kept thinking, "shut up and just have a drink already". The female state agent, who although higher in rank than the male lead, along with other professional law enforcement agents, consistently deferred to the lead scotch drinking male. They all were pretty inept at tracking the bad guys, making one bad decision after another, maybe they were just too inebriated to do better. But I hung in there until the end, and it became a long haul after a while. I chose this book in a "three books for two credits" promotion..... and hey, sometimes you get what you pay for.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Suspenseful, Thrilling, and Fun

This is one of the best that Deuterman has written in my humble opinion, and it is delivered wonderfully as only Dick Hill can. The way he works the dogs into this story is incredible, I was fascinated. All in all I couldn't put this one down.

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Sorry Mr. Hill But Even You Couldn't Save This Dog

Deuterman got famous somehow, of that 'how', I am not sure. Thinly developed protagonist, with a sort of clever ability to get himself into then out of endless, repetitive binds. It takes the gimmicky force of his sidekicks (Frick and Frack) to endlessly keep him from stepping off cliff after cliff.
These books are repetitive, redundant and poorly scripted. Character development is unforgivably thin and after two books at the same monotonous pace, I have had enough. Cliched and preposterous. If that's what you're looking for in a novel, then you have arrived.
There must be more than a handful of decent writers in this genre. The search continues........

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Liz
  • Cochranville, PA, United States
  • 08-18-10

A real story spinner!

P. T. Deutermann really knows how to spin a story. I find myself parked in my driveway, sitting in my car, because I can't stop listening! Each book I read/listen to gets better & better. Thank you P. T. Deutermann. Keep 'em coming!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Many hours of Unpleasantness

I've decided it's hard to enjoy a narrated book, no matter how good the story is if the narration is poor. In this case both, were poor.
Land the plane! This book went on forever. The writing style lacked the depth I like to see from my characters. Lots of dialog that circled back to the same conflict over and over again..
The narration and overall production quality were really mediocre. Poor accents, poor replication of women's voices, and the annoying phone calls narrated through what sounded like a paper towel tube.
Finished it and now, I'm getting as far away as I can from both author and narrator.
Sorry guys,

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Underwhelming

This should have been more interesting from the setup of a couple of low-life robber/murderers who become hunted by vigilantes, but it just kind of limps along. The narration here didn't help with a voice that largely lacked a lot of inflection. Particularly annoying was the reading of passages in which a phone conversation was taking place and someone decided half of the conversation should have a tin can echo to it. Poor choice and ultimately unsatisfying. I think Deutermann has a better grasp of the world war 2 action thrillers he writes than the detective genre. I would pass on this book.

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Another Deutermann that drags on and on ...

His books don't end until each primary and secondary character has been shot and the proverbial horse has been beaten worse than the priverbial red-headed step-child. Love Dick Hill though!

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You can't lose with Deuterman and Hill!!!!!!

keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end!! huge fan of both author and narrator ! !!

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This is the second book in a great series

This is the second book in a great series, and I can hardly wait to read the third one. Very interesting and original material, detailed and suspenseful. Lots of unexpected twists and turns!!