A number one Scottish crime best seller from Denzil Meyrick; James Machie was a man with a genius for violence, his criminal empire spreading beyond Glasgow into the UK and mainland Europe.
Fortunately, James Machie is dead, assassinated in the back of a prison ambulance following his trial and conviction. But now, five years later, he is apparently back from the grave, set on avenging himself on those who brought him down.
Top of his list is his previous associate, Frank MacDougall, who unbeknownst to D.C.I. Jim Daley, is living under protection on his lochside patch, the small Scottish town of Kinloch. Daley knows that, having been the key to Machie's conviction, his old friend and colleague D.S. Scott is almost as big a target. And nothing, not even death, has ever stood in James Machie's way....
Where does The Last Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
it is good well read plenty of twists and turns
What other book might you compare The Last Witness to and why?
the first in DCI Daley series good book it has a good storyline
Have you listened to any of David Monteath’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
only the first in series he reads well good characters
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
hard to say
great tale gritty gripping full of suspense and realistic . great narration can't wait to get the next book in the series
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The story is great and really funny in places.
Great characters and the narrator is amazing - he has a wide range of accents to deal with, but is mesmerising to listen to.
Listened to Whiskey In Small Glasses first. Both as good as each other.
14 of 16 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is really good,engrossing story. Complex enough to keep you thinking but very easy to listen to. A very gripping end, with the promise of more!
Any additional comments?
The narrator, David Monteath, is superb. Couldn't have chosen better.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Just as good as the first, this book kept my interest right to the end. The characters have been developed further and the storyline had pace and intrigue.
Praise must be made to the outstanding narration which lifts the story to another level. I look forward to book 3.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Last Witness again? Why?
It's a multi faceted story which keeps the listener guessing to the end.
Who was your favorite character and why?
D.C.I. Daley as flawed lead character. Looking forward to learn more of his life in the next story.
Have you listened to any of David Monteath’s other performances? How does this one compare?
David Monteath is a master of bringing several characters to alive and giving them all individual voices and genuine accents. This nuanced delivery is pure joy tolisten to.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, but 10 hours are best listened to in two chunks.
Any additional comments?
Great entertainment from the coast of Scotland.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this book but it was not quite as good as the first book in the series. It was very well read but the plot was predictable and in some ways disappointing. I disliked the heavy hint at the end of the book about the direction of the next book.
I didn't like having the first chapter of the next book tagged on to the end of this book. It put me off wanting to buy it and I decided to take a break from this series of books. The narrator was excellent, a joy to listen to.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
good story and well read so an interesting listen. however the stories in this series are, I think, overloaded with unecessary swearing. this does not shock but just annoys and adds nothing to the story.
12 of 16 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about The Last Witness?
Denzil Meyrick’s The Last Witness has no plot. There are one or two basic driving factors to the story, but no apparent effort by the author to give these directives any body or depth. Rather, the protagonists face a random series of idiotic events that have no consistency or structure beyond spewing tension into the story. The way these silly events happen has no reason or logic or, often, any possibility of reality. He has invented his superbad baddie, but seems to have made no effort to get into the guy’s head and work out what the baddie might do in his situation, what might be necessary to achieve his evil goal. Meyrick has thrown together a bunch of clichés and caricatures. The book might as well have been plotted by tomfoolery between a bunch of drunks after they’ve demolished their livers. Such trash is very familiar to me: it’s why I threw my television out twenty years ago, it’s why I don’t bother to watch most movies from Hollywood.
When I reviewed the first book in this series, Whiskey from Small Glasses, I had wondered why the author did not have his characters explain how the leading detective had worked out the identity of the criminal. My fault: I had stupidly presumed he had.
Perhaps it’s meant to be comedy and I’ve entirely missed the point. But even a comedy novel should have a plot.
The book does have some good points. The dialogue remains real and believable, and the descriptions are immediate and effective. The latter threaten to descend into repetition themselves (flocking birds), but have not done so yet. This is helped in the audiobook by the narrator, Duncan Monteath, who does an excellent job of bringing the words and characters alive.
The book is written very visually, and I could easily see the nonsense on the small screen. Indeed, given that, given the nonsensical plot, I wonder whether that’s the intention. Is the author trying to bring a film crew and corresponding economic relief to his depressed home town with these books? He certainly seems to have caught the spirit of crap spewed by the worst telly.
I won’t be reading any more books in this series. I have, though, so enjoyed the narrator’s skill that I’ve picked up a different audiobook by a different author purely because it is narrated by Duncan Monteath. Let’s see if that works out.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
A great read/listen. Full of atmosphere and richly drawn characters. David Monteath’s narration is not only superb as always, but perfect for this book. I very much look forward to the next in the series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I love a thriller even if they’re a bit formulaic sometimes. However I found this book slightly confusing with the characters and the writing repetitive and slightly irritating. I kept losing concentration and having to ‘re-wind’ which is never a good sign... The narrator was good though and had a voice I would happily listen to for hours.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful