A ,retired Judge puzzles out the reasons for a teenager’s death in one of America’s richest communities, "The Hill", uncovering greed, corruption, illicit sex and murder. The Palos Verdes Peninsula, hidden away on a spectacular coastline just outside the confines of Los Angeles proper, is a sedate and quiet community, and one of the wealthiest in America. Its denizens call it "The Hill". The Judge, asked to investigate the death of teenage girl, didn't expect to find himself caught up in a web of greed, corruption, drugs and illicit sex reaching to the very pillars of Peninsula Society. What started as a favor for the girl’s mother quickly becomes a duel with powerful forces which threaten his reputation, his freedom, and even his life. In this same crucible the Judge finds new purpose, burning away his comfortable solitary existence and forging an extraordinary relationship with a younger woman also put at risk by his investigation.
Where does The Hill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This was the first audio book which I have listened to from start to finish as I normally prefer reading books. However, I was actually amazed at how enjoyable listening to the audio book was.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The plot was interesting and throughout I was surmising "who did it?" as well as "why?" I enjoyed Allan's rendition of different voices as it gave depth to characters and differentiated perspectives and reasons.
Which scene was your favorite?
I thoroughly enjoyed the description of The Judge driving his Jaguar E-Type and how his head stuck out given his size/bulk!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Judge for yourself...
Any additional comments?
Allan Rozensweig has a fantastic voice which makes listening to the audio book that much more enjoyable! The audio quality in the first few chapters was good, but you could hear a crackle or some other noise when the chapter finished. However, this stopped entirely after those few chapters and there was a marked improvement in audio quality.