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When a four-year-old child is abducted from an Essex kindergarten, Detective Inspector Dog Cicero soon realizes that this is to be no routine investigation. Something about the child's mother troubles him. Maybe it's just the fact that she comes from Derry, and Cicero's Northern Ireland scars go deeper than his ruined face. But he feels there's more to it than that.

Why, for instance, is Superintendent Toby Tench leaving his devious Special Branch footprints all over Cicero's patch? And why does he want the courts to release Jane Maguire on bail after she makes a confession? Tench plays his cards close to his chest, and Cicero finds the odds are stacked against him both personally and professionally.

©1991 Patrick Ruell (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Sherri
  • Guildford, Australia
  • 11-23-10

Right on his game

I've always loved Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe novels. The others usually pale in comparison but then I hadn't met Dog Cicero. This is a thumping great heart pounder of a thriller and the main character has just the right amount of invincibility and vulnerability. The twists and turns don't always work that smoothly but the straight up and down action is terrific. A rewarding listen.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 11-08-11

Will be getting another Hill

First Reginald Hill I've listened to. Won't be the last. The story did deteriorate a bit at the end, where all of a sudden the author seemed to scramble to end it -- but it still kept my attention, with enough twists (some a bit too expected) to keep me hooked. I already downloaded my next Reginald Hill -- so obviously this was not a disappointment.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Charles
  • Greensboro, NC, United States
  • 08-11-11

Excellent mystery/thriller

Mr. Hill is extremely talented with this clever tale. The hero is no superman, rather a calculating loner. I can't imagine anyone bored with this book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Slow start but warmed up nicely

Police procedural that involves the IRA. I am not a big fan of Irish civil war books, but was willing to overlook it in favor of solid writing. Narration was faultless.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Hill is a great author

Another great stand alone novel, a little sad as usual, but not grim. This is an older novel and I think as with a lot of novels of its era and place there is some reference to the IRA. However, it is not over political so it can be enjoyed for its wonderful writing.

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 01-21-12

almost great crime writing

I downloaded this while still mourning the exit of Ian Rankin's Rebus and after reading that Rankin was influenced by Hill's earlier writing. Inspector Cicero is somewhat Rebus - like, bedevilled, but with a Brit vs IRA past. A final "epilogue" chapter detracted from the overall quality of the novel, however, as did the inclusion 2/3 of the way through the novel of a formulaic sex scene, the import of which Rankin could have communicated in a single phrase instead of Hill's stereotypical "he did/she did."

I like Sean Barret's understated narration of crime fiction, and the novel had enough promise to encourage me to download another, but about Hill's best known detective, Dalziel.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • NJ, United States
  • 04-30-12

Well worth a listen

I really enjoyed this story. The main characters were interesting, and the story line quite good. There were a few places where i felt reality being stretched a bit too far, but i enjoyed it enough i was willing to overlook it. Narration quite good too. Highly recommended.

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  • Michael
  • Atherton, Australia
  • 12-03-12

surprise

I downloaded this book thinking it was a Dalziel & Pascoe but by the time I realised it wasn't I was very much into the story. The voices and characterisation for the main cast is excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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As Good As Hill Gets

The prize for listening is an excellent reader and an excellent thriller. Dog Cicero is a character who could only have come from the wonderful mind of Reginald Hill. Smatterings of philosophy, wit and sharp turns of plot --- all add to the fun. Whoever starts this book should not make any plans until he reaches the satisfying conclusion. It is not perfect; but it is a five star thrill, Reginald Hill always surprises. This is a gem that for the most part has gone unnoticed.

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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 04-24-14

A Little Mayhem, a Lot to Like about this Book!

Despite all the mayhem, mischief and murder within this book, I found the story almost calming and soothing! How can that be? It is because of the narrator's perfectly paced story-telling. Sean Barrett did a great job bringing all the characters to life and laying out the story in an enjoyable pace and tone.

This was my first Reginald HIll book and I will certainly be looking for more of his writing. So too will I seek out Sean Barrett. This was a great read!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • tinyNorman
  • 01-05-14

Gritty excellence, beautiful narration.

The story itself is masterfully done. Characters are complex, and the situation reveals itself slowly, with realistic pacing. The narration by Sean Barrett adds another level of excellence. His characterisations are wonderfully done, each distinct voice identifiable and consistent throughout the book. I will definitely look for more by this author, and this narrator.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Katie
  • 12-23-12

A slight disappointment for Reginald Hill

I've listened to several Reginald Hill books now, and have been impressed by the variety of his work. This book was a bit of a disappointment for me. I'd suggest going for 'The Woodcutter' or 'The Stranger House' if you're new to Hill - both are great in their own, very different way. This, on the other hand, I'm afraid was quite forgettable...

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Anthony
  • 08-27-12

Good

It is a great book ,i loved listening to it.After listening to i was really touched and happy.I suggest this book for everyone

2 of 3 people found this review helpful