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Publisher's Summary

Seventeen stories from the gritty crime series created by Danny Brocklehurst, starring Hugo Speer as Manchester detective John Stone.

This collection brings together series 1 to 4 of this intelligent detective drama, tackling morally ambiguous, complex and challenging subjects. DCI Stone and his team investigate a series of brutal murders and missing person cases, among other grisly crimes.

Starring Hugo Speer as DCI John Stone, Craig Cheetham as DI Mike Tanner and Deborah McAndrew as DS Sue Kelly.

Directed by Nadia Molinari, Stefan Escreet, Charlotte Riches and Pauline Harris.

Episode guide:

'Mary Shane' by Danny Brocklehurst: Stone is investigating the high-profile case of a missing teenage girl when 80-year-old Mary Shane confesses to murdering three people 60 years earlier.

'The Ties That Bind' by Damian Wayling: A body dredged up from a lake implicates an ex-police officer and a respected headteacher.

'Dead Fishes' by Chloe Moss: A young man with Down syndrome admits to killing his mother.

'God’s Witness' by Danny Brocklehurst: A woman witnesses the murder of a young boy by a notorious gang.

'The Deserved Dead' by Danny Brocklehurst: Stone and his team investigate the brutal murder of a known sex offender.

'Collateral Damage' by Martin Jameson: Stone investigates the death of Gary Taylor, a veteran of the Iraq War suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

'The Bridge' by Cath Staincliffe: When university student Matt falls to his death from a railway bridge, Stone and his team embark on a murder investigation.

'The Night' by James Rye: Stone investigates the sexual assault of the wife of one of his team and uncovers a dark secret.

'Sleep Tight' by Cath Staincliffe: Two-year-old Brianna disappears one night from her family home.

'Demons' by Martin Jameson: A young man, Emir, is fatally stabbed in a Manchester street in front of his twin brother, Jamal.

'Taken' by Richard Monks: A man of Polish descent is attacked in the lead-up to local elections.

'One of Our Own' by Danny Brocklehurst: A fellow police officer is found critically injured on the notorious Marinduque Estate.

'Something to Do' by Martin Jameson: A young boy is discovered badly injured and left for dead.

'Blood' by Vivienne Harvey: DCI Stone gets in the ring to investigate the murder of a promising young thai kick boxer.

'Heart of Darkness' by Gurpreet Bhatti: A schoolgirl's body is found in a park in the poor part of town.

'Mother Love' by Richard Monks: Jean fights to defend her son, Matthew, after he is arrested for downloading child pornography.

©2018 Danny Brocklehurst (P)2018 BBC Digital Audio

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Gritty and hard-hitting

A brilliantly written and dramatised no nonsense, police procedural series with great characters throughout. Also it doesnt shy from any sensitive issues plaguing UK and tackles them headon.

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  • Heath
  • Atlanta Sprawl, Georgia, United States
  • 06-13-18

This is damn well worth a credit... fantastic

If you like police dramas, or audio dramas in general, this collection is a must have.

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Gritty. Grisly. Gruesome. Real. Heart-wrenching.

Stellar performances from an all star cast. Glad it was audio. Not sure I would have been able to handle video of some of the subject matter dealt with in this series. DCI Stone is wonderful character. I enjoyed making the journey with him, even when I wanted to tap him on the head for being an ass at times. I highly recommend this series to any fan of police procedurals with powerful story lines and lots of heart!

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  • Mark Renny
  • 06-14-18

Will definitely listen to again.

The production values that have gone into this series must have been high. Why Hugo Speer isn't a bigger star is beyond me as his performance here encapsulates so many facets of a person who is moral yet amoral; flawed yet deeply caring; an upholder of the law who wishes to see a truer sense of justice where he feels the system fails, yet is unable to do so.

This audio title represents real value for money - and really should transfer to TV. All of the actors, major and minor, involved give a fantastic audio rendition. This is one of those rare audios where you can really believe everything that you are hearing. The sound mix is good too for headphone wearers.

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  • Jules
  • 06-21-18

Great listening

Enjoyable series ... Sounded very much like Sean Bean. ................ .......... ........ .......... ........ ....

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  • Anne
  • 06-05-18

Brilliant!!

Love this, haven't been able to stop listening. Theatre in your own home each story is acted with sincerity and makes it all totally beleivable.

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  • Tracey wolf
  • 05-22-18

Good read

It was a good read,with stories that were believable and you could follow each one.