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Deputy District Attorney Paige Callen is being stalked, and the man stalking her is motivated, methodical, and relentless.The police aren’t merely one step behind Paige’s stalker; they’re stumped. So Paige’s father, retired Judge ‘Iron Gene’ Callen, instead hires retired San Francisco P.D. Inspector turned private investigator Bob Farrell, to the dismay of the local police.The cops know all too well Farrell’s reputation as a reckless wild card. Judge Callen, however, knows Farrell as a man who never lets the rules get in the way of getting the job done. Farrell enlists the aid of former Iowa Deputy Kevin Kearns to help him protect Paige, and to stop a madman before she becomes a statistic. But to find her stalker, Farrell and Kearns must first learn why he’s launched his crusade; a journey none of them may survive.

©2014 Sean Lynch (P)2014 Audible Studios

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 04-12-15

Terrific But READ "WOUNDED PREY" FIRST!!

If you haven't read first in this Sean Lynch series, stop this review now and look for "Wounded Prey"! This is the second in what Sean Lynch describes as a trilogy in a Bob Farrell and Kevin Kearns hard boiled private eye epic. While this book stands on its own bottom, it will ruin "Wounded Prey" for you… Don't let that happen, K?

In a way, I found "The Fourth Motive" better than "Wounded Prey" largely because first novels have to allow the new writer to discorge so many thoughts s/he've had in thinking up the first go at getting a publisher's attention. In "The Fourth Motive" Lynch is freed to build upon the dense characterizations of his tough-guy heroes and their motivations. Which allows even more pace to get packed into the narrative.

This book is faster (not shorter - faster) than the first but leaves you coughing up GSR, eye-dazzled from flashing gun muzzles. The book's violent, just, and satisfying if a BIG TAD non-PC.

If you can live with a Batman who works on the the darker side of the law… You'll live contentedly with Farrell and Kearns. I'm going to preorder "Officer Involved" the third in this trilogy due out this Spring.

Can't wait for another Jeff Harding creation of a Sean Lynch ensemble. Harding rocks!

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  • Mel
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 05-10-15

Not for the squeamish....

Sean Lynch stories are "graphic" w/ violence from psychos... but "funny" at the same time. This one was very similar to the first one.

The old guy / young guy duo vs crazy psychos would make a good movie.

Will be waiting for #3.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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great book

great book great series!! narration fantastic!!! can't wait to read more in this series
expectations met: yes
recommend to a friend: yes

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  • Kate
  • Saco, ME, United States
  • 01-24-15

Decent Plot but often cheesy!

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was happy to see a second. However, it was a bit disappointing. The main plot involves a stalker going after an assistant DA who is the daughter of a retired judge. The whole reasoning behind his stalking is interesting but the ADA who is being victimized is not very likable and comes across as a complete idiot or a petulant child with her behavior and choices in light of the situation. Much of the conversation with her his just silly, aka cheesy.

It is made worse by the reader who does a terrible job with women's voices. They all sound like they are either children or really old. It is very annoying.

The interaction between the ADA and Kearn is difficult to listen too and then turns around in a way that is just not believable

I will listen to another in this series as I like the two main characters and enjoy the interesting villains but if it turns out to be another one like this one, I will stop.

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I'll Try Another Farrell & Kearn Thriller

This was a good one and I'm willing to try another. A few parts dragged toward the end but overall, it was good enough that I'm interested in another from this series.

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Not as good as the first, bu still good...

This is second Farrell and Kearn novel and the plot is a continuation of the first installment. A year has gone by since retired cop Farrell duped young deputy Kearn into joining him on an illegal, nationwide manhunt for a serial child killer. While all of their crimes were wiped clean after that affair, they still have a bad reputation with Bay Area police forces.

A powerful retired judge hires the pair as body guards for his daughter after she is attacked and nearly killed by a stranger. The judge had read their files and knew the two heroes were better equipped to protect and pursue the unknown, deadly adversary.

This is another fast read with plenty of action, violence and tragedy. However, it lacks the wonderful humor of its predecessor and it ends abruptly.

Jeff Harding is awesome once again.

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Hope it's not the last

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, I highly recommend it. You need to start with the first book in the series, Wounded Prey.

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another great book

before you read this book you should read wounded pray, great book keeps you on edge.

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"Fourth Motive" is first rate

Narration by Jeff Harding is some of the best I've heard in quite some time. Sean Lynch can really spin a great story. I look forward to his next book.

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Another great Sean Lynch read

Really enjoyed this. It kept you in suspense at the same time it showed a bit of excellent humor. Hopefully we will hear more form Mr. Lynch!

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  • michael
  • 04-29-15

Great crime writing

This is the second Sean Lynch book I've listened to. again, brilliant writing - gutsy, no holds barred events but also plenty of humour. Great narration too.

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  • C. R. Mabey
  • 01-08-16

Loved every minute.

What made the experience of listening to The Fourth Motive the most enjoyable?

A well thought out, well constructed story with great (and realistic) characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both Kearns & Farrell are wonderful creations, they compliment each other so well and provide most of the heart and humour of each book. As a "buddy cop" pairing you can't do much better!

What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator, Jeff Harding, gives a real sense of the part of the world the story is set in, Kearns wouldn't be Kearns without the wonderful accent/voice Harding provides. In addition, a lot of the humour (especially in the Farrell/Kearns interactions) comes from Harding's delivery (Kearns exasperation with his partner is a joy to listen to!)

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend "Wounded Prey" which is the first book in the Farrell & Kearns series, a great read which tells the story of how they met.

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  • Steven
  • 05-08-17

Fast paced, great detective book, BRILLIANT

All characters were superbly put together & gelled throughout the book & indeed the story.
At no stage was there a lull in the pace & intrigue with great plots off the main story to keep it really interesting!
Loved it & will
Look out for more by both author & narrator as both were 10/10...
Steven

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  • Christine
  • 07-21-15

Mediocre

Didnt like the narrator at all, his attempt at Paige's voice made her sound like a whiney 6 year old child, very irritating.

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