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Dennis Milne is a man with a past, and a past that involves murder. A former cop, he’s earned his living killing the bad guys – drug-dealers, corrupt business men - people who, in his opinion, deserve to die. For the past two days, he’s been in Manila, waiting for his next target: a young woman who’s made herself some poor life-choices, and some even worse enemies. DI Tina Boyd is a woman on a mission.

Tough, spiky and determined, she’s looking for the man she holds responsible for the death of her lover. She knows he’s ruthless. She knows he’s dangerous. But he’s in Manila, and she’s determined to find and kill him – before he kills her. Two cops with pasts that haunt them - and a present that could see them both dead. They are about to meet. And when they do, it’s payback time…

©2011 Simon Kernick (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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An efficient well-oiled machine

A lot of dramatic action sprinkled with a tolerable amount of sappy-ness. The story kept moving forward in a way that kept me fully engaged.

What was unique was the author's ability to switch back and forth between first and third person. I didnt think i would like that but found it added to the drama.

This narrator is now one of my favorites.

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  • Carl
  • Vetlanda, Sweden
  • 01-04-15

Action all the time, no boring parts.

Would you listen to The Payback again? Why?

Not nowadays but probably after several years.

What other book might you compare The Payback to and why?

My previous Simon Kernick book.

Which character – as performed by Paul Thornley – was your favorite?

Paul Thornley is, without any doubth, the very best performer at least in my humble opinion.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did it in ten one hour parts during daily long walks.

Any additional comments?

This Kernick/Thornley co-operation is a great entertainment though is has some strange details.

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  • Woodster
  • 06-13-15

Awesome book

Great story so many twists and turns.
Fully recommended , narrator totally captures the mood through out.

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  • Happy Otter
  • 04-09-15

Great for a good story!

Couldn't wait to get back to it! I really liked the characters and like that you can't help but feel for a baddie and feel hatred for the 'real' baddie! Good am going to get another - like this narrator too!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • michael
  • 04-24-16

Simon kernick does it again

I never thought I would feel sorry for a contract killer but simon kernick pulled it off.keep the books coming please.

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  • James
  • 09-08-13

OMG - Best book so far!!

What did you like most about The Payback?

The way in which the author went in out of the 1st person, the story was by any book i have read so far, Totally gripping!

What did you like best about this story?

The research and realism!

What about Paul Thornley’s performance did you like?

Paul Thornley was one of the first narrators I was forced to write a negative review of, now I don't read a book unless its narrated by him! He makes the book....

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh, Cry, all the emotions you get from a great and well read book happened with this one!

Any additional comments?

First book I have read by this author it wont be the last I cant wait to get my next credit! :)

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  • Michael
  • 10-14-17

a must listen too audio book

well written by this Fabulous author narrated Superbly. Took on holiday and couldn't switch off, with the amusement of my wife. Goid twists from beginning to end.

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  • Tony
  • 01-21-17

Good listen

Tina is my kind of girl. Capable, fearless and clever too.
So as the main character in this thriller she holds your attention through the twists and turns and gets her man at the end. Mixed feelings about the story teller and his seudo cockney accent tho.

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  • Claire09
  • 01-10-17

Simon Kernick's novels just get better.

Paul Thornley is an excellent narrator and his reading is wonderfully executed.
I'm living the fast flowing the story, the characters are engaging and feel DCI Tina Boyd's pain.
Excellent.