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John "Slim" Hardy, a heavy drinker and disgraced soldier turned bumbling private detective, is hired to investigate Ted Douglas, an investment banker who slips out of work every Friday to visit a desolate cove on the Lancashire coast. There, he walks to the shore, opens an old book, and begins to read aloud. 

His wife thinks he's having an affair. 

Slim thinks he's insane. 

The truth is more incredible than either could imagine. 

The Man by the Sea is the sensational debut novel by Jack Benton, a classic story of love, betrayal, murder, and intrigue.

©2018 Jack Benton (P)2018 Jack Benton

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The man by the sea

When I first started listening to the book and heard that the detective’s name was ‘slim’, I kind groaned to myself thinking it was going to be a book of cliches. I was pleasantly surprised to find this was a very good story!
My husband and I listened to it on a road trip and it kept us both guessing! We both enjoyed the story. If ‘Slim’ has more adventures,which I believe he will, I will be listening—. I do hope someone gives him a new new nickname- or it becomes more of a running joke🤣.
The narrator did a good job- I thought he was a bit mono tone-ish but his voice made me sleepy - but it could’ve just been me

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pretty good

Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to listen about and more. Such a great story I will listen again and again. A keeper!!

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the ghost of Joanna Bromley

P.I. Slim Hardy has been hired to follow Ted because his wife thinks that he’s cheating. After several weeks of following Ted, every Friday afternoon, to a secluded cove, Slim begins to wonder why? Why is Ted coming to the cove and speaking an incantation? Slim’s initial investigation reveals local folklore...the ghost of Joanna still haunts the cove after her accidental drowning on the night before her wedding. As Slim digs deeper, he uncovers more deaths that were ruled as drowning but were suspicious. Could Joanna’s ghost really be responsible for these deaths over the span of 20yrs or is there something more sinister happening? Will Slim be able to solve this mystery before more lives are lost...including his?
Wow...this book is a captivating psychological thriller that leaves you wanting more. Narration was on point!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Loved it

It was a slow start but then the suspense kept me going on until the very end. I knew it, is all I can say.

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 06-26-18

Deceptively Gentle But....

This is a deceptively gentle tale of a former military man, Slim, who has made mistakes in his life and to whom life has not always been kind. He seeks solace at the bottom of a bottle and funds his habit by stumbling around as a private investigator. His latest case, a wife suspects her husbands infidelity, slowly and beautifully unravels into the hunt for the 'ghost' of a serial killer. The problem is that all the cases have already been closed by the local police as death by natural causes. The location for our tale is a seaside cove and sleepy town. There are nice changes of direction and lots of plot twists to ensure interest up to the very last syllables. The narration is excellent and moves the story along at just the right pace with the handful of characters orally defined wonderfully. I look forward to listening to further audio books by this author and narrator.

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  • Jan M
  • 07-05-18

Great Story, Great Narration!

Jack Benton (alias Chris Ward) and Kevin E Green are both new to me in audiobooks. I really enjoyed the imagery, the twists, and the storyline in the book. The narrator fit the voice of Slim Hardy perfectly and the other characters. I love it when a narrator is talented and gives various characters distinguishable voices. I thought I had the story figured out, and then I was blown away by the twist I never saw coming! I cannot say enough about how well plotted this book was. The story pulled me in and kept my attention. The twist at the end was fantastic. Glad the mystery was solved.