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The Fixer Audiobook

The Fixer: Justice Series, Book 1

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Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She's the person you hire when you need something fixed-permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it's clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible - and quite deadly.

In the office of a clinical psychologist in Olympia, Washington, a beautiful young woman is in terrible emotional pain. She puts up walls, tells lies, and seems to speak in riddles, but the doctor is determined to help her heal, despite the fact that she claims to have hurt many people. As their sessions escalate, the psychologist feels compelled to reach out to the police, but it might be too late.

In Seattle, a detective gets a call from his son. A dedicated journalist, he wants his father's expertise as he looks into a suspicious death. Together they follow the trail of leads toward a stone-cold hired killer - only to find that death has been closer than either could have imagined.

©2013 Teresa Woods (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Pitch-perfect... Solid characters, unpredictable twists and excellent plotting; a must-read for those who enjoy crime fiction." (Kirkus)

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 12-30-16
    shelley Raleigh, NC 12-30-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Assassin with a morals and criteria..."

    I really enjoyed this book, what I didn't like was the narrator. Not so much her voice but the sloooooownesssss of her narration. I listened to it at 1.5 speed and it sounded much better!
    The book is very good. Woman abused as a child who becomes a semi assassin with a code of morals and a set of criteria who gets blackmailed by someone who ignores her standards. Basically that's the book in a nutshell. But there is a whole story behind that that is very good. You actually don't find out who she is until almost the end of the book as there is another likely person that it could be. Kind of a surprise ending but a good one.
    I do RECOMMEND this book and am on the fence about getting the next in the series only because of the narrator but will probably get it and listen to it at the faster speed.
    If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
    Thank You.

    154 of 162 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 01-16-17
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 01-16-17 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A great story! A must read!"

    I have been expanding my genre and have been disappointed in finding a compelling mystery, thriller. In this book, I found a story which met my criteria. The characters are well developed. Lydia, a renowned clinical psychologist with outstanding observational skills. She is beautiful as a makeup/hassle free kinda of woman and would be “gorgeous” if she made the effort. She is withdrawn and wounded while living with the sins of her past.

    Mort is a good detective. He is a rarity with his honesty, love for his wife and enjoyment of the job. He enjoys working the Thursday New Yorker crossword puzzle at his favorite bar with his friend. He working partner is the forensic detective with a police dog. Through their years of experience, much of their communication is just by glances. But this is a man who waits every day for his daughter.

    Mort and his son stumble upon a string of murders, which, in other circumstances could be called serial murders. Through journalist investigation, they found a common element in the killings, “Always for justice.” The question is who determines justice and what does it cost to bring justice.

    Much of the action takes place within the academic community. When you are talking about grants, tenures, publishing, trustees and monetary donations, higher education can be the death of students and faculty.

    The action is with the mental twist T. E. Woods provides in the reading. There are a few red herrings and enough characters to paint red. I had gone through a few before I got to the conclusion. When you think of killing for justice, we are looking at our criminal system. Many times, criminals are released due to payoffs, lost/stolen evidence or incompetence. Whatever the reason criminals, can walk the streets. Is a vigilante a murder or righting a wrong? Woods does not have a philosophical discussion, but she does write a gripping story of the Fixer trying to make corrections.

    Other reviews mentioned the narration was slow. I did not find that an issue.

    A very good book and I will follow the series.

    70 of 77 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie B 06-14-17
    Carrie B 06-14-17
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    "Eh"
    What would have made The Fixer better?

    A little more background story.


    Has The Fixer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes but all different characters maybe add a few more narrators to help. It was hard to follow who was talking.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a lot going on and it was really hard to follow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-05-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-05-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Female assassin with strong scruples!"

    The Fixer story is set around a female psychologist named Lydia Corriger who is also a paid assassin. But she is willing to kill only those she investigates and determines really need killing. She is anonymous and referred to as the fixer. The fixer is actually a sympathetic and likable character. She was abused as a child and trying to help a patient she knew as a teen who was more seriously abused. The situation is unusual if not unique. I suspect the protagonist in the series will be Seattle police detective Morton Grant or maybe his journalist son. The Fixer is novel 1 in the six novel Justice Series. The 2nd novel in the series is titled Red Hot Fix and is available at Audible.

    I doubted I would like this novel and was surprised to be drawn in so completely. The novel is well written and character development is excellent. Narration is quite good but a bit slow, but that is easily overcome by listening at higher speeds. Male voices are not handled well. by the narrator. Author T.E. (Teresa) Woods deserves credit for writing a very different but no less interesting suspense thriller. I do recommend The Fixer and I will listen to other novels in the series.

    70 of 93 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-15-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Story was good but it was ruined by the language."

    Unfortunately the author resorted to a "fallback" method of littering the story with filthy language

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Need A Books Rating System!"

    I really wanted to read this book based on the summary I read prior to making the purchase. However, I had not gotten into the book 5 minutes when the language completely turned me off the book. I continued to listen hoping that it was an isolated incident. Unfortunately, this was not the case so I turned it off and returned it to Audible.

    Let me give a "shout out" to Audible right here for allowing a member to return an unsatisfactory title! To me, that is excellent customer service.

    What I have wanted to see happen for years is a ratings system for books las exists for movies and TV. I hesitate to read and/or purchase books because of the unknown content of language, violence, and sexual content. I know that I miss many good reads due to worry about these concerns.

    So this book --The Fixer-- may be an exciting and interesting book but because of the language (and who knows what else? ) I will not get the pleasure of listening to it.

    Not having a rating system makes it even more important for listeners to post reviews to educate potential buyers. I look for the comments from reviewers as to content but no one posted as anything in this area for this book.

    22 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Hot Air Ballooner Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 06-22-17
    Hot Air Ballooner Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 06-22-17 Member Since 2015

    Hot Air Ballooner

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    "Disgusting, graphic animal cruelty."
    What would have made The Fixer better?

    I returned this book about 1/3 of the way in to it. It really captivated me at first and I was looking forward to each page - but then the author had to get extremely graphic about a character decapitating an ape. It was just gross and disgusting and most importantly it was not needed to make the point that the bad guy was truly a bad guy. If like GRATUITOUS blood and guts go ahead and waste your money.

    We are disgusted.


    What could T. E. Woods have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Great story line - don't need to use such graphic, blood and guts descriptions.


    What about Christina Delaine’s performance did you like?

    The reader did well - although almost overly dramatic.


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

    Interesting story line


    Any additional comments?

    Just really disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Woellmer 06-22-17
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    "Awful Narration"

    I'm not sure how the book would've been because I had to stop listening. The narrator's tempo & tone was so off kilter for me that I found it distracting and couldn't listen anymore.

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    Marcia 06-22-17
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    "Not my favorite narrator"

    The narrator made this book very tedious to listen to. The voices of younger people sounded like characters from a Scooby Doo cartoon. I thought the story was very convoluted and difficult to follow at times as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kwdayboise (Kim Day) Boise, Idaho 06-22-17
    kwdayboise (Kim Day) Boise, Idaho 06-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Tense, tragic, and bloody series starter"

    T. E. Woods created a wonderful series starter here, even though I was having trouble following the chapter-by-chapter scene changes that started the book. They all crystallize eventually into a tense mystery-thriller.

    Call up The Fixer at Amazon and you'll find four books near the top, with no less than Bernard Malamud on the list, so deduct some points there. And this is the kind of story that's a little hard to write much about without spoiling many of the twists and turns. So let's focus instead on the central theme and the main characters.

    Main theme: A female who travels the world knocking off evil people for a fee suddenly finds herself in the power of someone even more mysterious than she is, and with an agenda 180 degrees from her pursuit of justice.

    Main characters:

    A psychologist in Olympia, Washington, who begins treating a client who keeps herself difficult to reach and who worries about her life of hurting others.

    A police detective who lost his daughter to drugs finds himself on a hunt for a mysterious vigilante.

    A horribly cruel and manipulative professor who is about to be targeted for death.

    To set up the complexities of the story Woods rightfully has to put in place some building blocks in the book that take quite a few chapters to come together. Once they do it turns into a tense story with more than a fair share of tragedy, action, and blood. There are times when some of the twists are really too coincidental so that it seems like the whole world somehow has revolved around 20 or so characters, but the dramatic action is sharp enough to let you suspend common sense for a fun thriller ride. And honestly, no one reads books like this to prep for a logic class, so jump on the roller coaster and scream with everyone else. 

    The series has developed some devoted fans and there are now six books in the series, all with titles built around Fix or Fixed, so we and Malamud can forgive the title of this book and keep an eye out to see if the action continues or gets tired in future books.

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