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When a murder suspect broke her back across a brick wall, Alisha Barba's dreams of being a detective were shattered. Now on her feet again, but with her career and private life in limbo, she receives a message from an old school friend, Cate Beaumont, who is eight months pregnant and in trouble.

On the night they arrange to meet, Cate is mown down by a car that kills her husband instantly. As paramedics fight to save her life, they uncover the first in a series of haunting and elaborate deceptions. They trigger a dangerous quest and as Alisha and her old boss, Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz, travel deeper into a world of sex-trafficking, slavery, and exploitation, they must confront their own prejudices - and will come to question the very laws they have sworn to uphold.

©2007 Michael Robotham; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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  • Heike
  • 08-24-12

Abriged to incoherent nonsense

I am a big fan of Michael Robotham and have listened to all other books by him available on audible. Unfortunately this one is only available in an abridged version that has been shortened to incoherent nonsense. People are suddenly dead and you have no idea when and why that had happened. Alisha and Ruiz are one minute in Amsterdam, in the next sentence they are back in London. I checked my iPod several times if I accidentally had fast forwarded but unfortunately hadn't.
Worsened is the whole experience by the narrator Deni Francis, her monotone in-compassionate voice might be perfect for insomniacs or narrating chick-lit with permanent navel-gazing but is not suitable for a fast-paced crime novel (no comparison to Sean Barret or Crispin Redman).
If you like Michael Robotham, please do not buy this audio book, wait until an unabridged version will be available.

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  • gillian
  • 06-01-13

Very strange!

I am very surprised that this is a Michael Robotham. It's awful - really not up to his usual wonderful standard, and Ruiz seems to be a different person I am forcing myself to finish it. Narrater didn't help either - very boring. Same, because I am a real Robotham fan :(

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-13

OK spin-off

I usually shy away from 'ABRIDGED', but I liked previous O'Loughlin/Ruiz story-lines so gave this a go.
It focuses on Ali Barba, who came to our attention in the Wreckage (I think), Ruiz pops up and goes off like a bull in a china shop, but O'Loughlin is absent.
The plot is good, it spins around and covers some of the characters history as well as staying grounded in the 'present', the end is predictable, but not entirely...

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  • Jacki,Edinburgh
  • 05-24-16

Very disappointing

I am a huge Michael Robotham fan and when I read that Ruiz was in this I couldn't wait. What a let down. Awful Narration diabolical and Ruiz didn't come through at all. Awful weak story. I can't believe it's a Michael Robotham. Don't waste your money

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