Morrissey, head of London's Regional Crime Squad, is trying to bring down a financial empire involved with organised crime and drug smuggling. He enlists the help of a Welshman and his pretty ex-girlfriend to aid him in the 'Snakes and Ladders' operation.
Michael Francis Gilbert (1912- 2006) is recognized as one of the most versatile British mystery writers. He was a lawyer in London for many years and at one point had Raymond Chandler as his client. He wrote almost every sort of mystery and thriller. He wrote police procedurals, spy novels, and short stories, courtroom dramas, classical mysteries, crime novels, and almost every possible combination of these, all with the same competence and dry, detached wit. Gilbert was a founding member of the British Crime Writers Association, Named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and was named Number 24 on The Telegraph's "50 crime writers to read before you die".
Michael Gilbert is a brilliant mystery writer, perhaps less known than he ought to be because he did not have a series detective, just a fantastic series of one-off books. The Final Throw is one of his best, starring the rascally Welshman David Morgan and his highly-intelligent beloved in a twisting story of greed and corruption. The reader here, Andrew Timothy, is strangely well-chosen—his is not a dry professional read, but an exuberant impatient attack, complete with page-turning sounds and odd, forgetful pauses; he sometimes even seems half-drunk. But it's a great voice for David Morgan, and for the whole raffish, down-and-out, drink-addled tone of this thriller. Highly recommended, as are all Michael Gilbert's audiobooks.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Final Throw to be better than the print version?
I didn't read the print version. My guess is that the narrator that I listened to could NOT be beat. He was great.
What did you like best about this story?
I couldn't tell for sure where it was leading? The narrator made enough mistakes with pauses to actually make it BETTER than it would have ordinarily have been.
Which character – as performed by Andrew Timothy – was your favorite?
The Welshman........David Morgan.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I love the understated wit and sarcasm of the star, Morgan. Tremendous.
Any additional comments?
This book is no doubt not for everyone. But if you have a preference for clever banter and a narrator that you feel like you know, I heartily recommend!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is 2 mysteries in one and I think the book is well written. I always am stunned at how much liquor can be consumed and not effect performance. What really is different about this book is the narration which is similar to your grandfather reading to you. I cannot imagine he would read this book but that is the sensation. You can hear Andrew Timothy turn pages, mispronounce word and mid-word make verbal corrections also there are long pauses (drink of water?!) for me it wasn't a bother but that is a personal reaction. I will listen to more Michael Gilbert it was fun!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
There are only so many books a person has time for and so many that are better than this one. It isn't awful, it just isn't worth the time. The composition leans more heavily toward screenplay than most and the reader does not make much distinction between characters. If the sound of the reader turning the pages bothers you, skip this one.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
The narrator is a little careless and undisciplined but this doesn't detract from the tight story line and the excellent characterization. Written economically by Michael Gilbert, this novel is a lesson in how to write a taut and thrilling adventure story. Recommended.
Terrible quality and not a good reader. Could not even get through the first chapter.