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Publisher's Summary

Fun City is run by corrupt officials and respectable gangsters wallowing in luxury mansions in the hills high above the harbor, the beach, and the neon jungle. When vice worker Tammy is found mutilated on top of a pool table, an effete pervert, and son to the 1970s pin-up beauty queen once known as The White Flamingo, is locked up. Can Detective Joe Dylan find The Killer before he becomes one of the hunted? The White Flamingo is a break-neck neo-noir crime thriller from beak to tail feather.

©2013 James A. Newman / Spanking Pulp Press (P)2015 James A. Newman/ Spanking Pulp Press

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interesting story

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This detective mystery was pretty different than others i have read previously. It takes place in a fictional city that mirrors Las Vegas. The serial killing in this book has some links to Jack the Ripper and this made it very interesting and the rituals were cool too. Narrator did a good job and was easy to listen too. Glad I listened to it.

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Full of Suspense And Action

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It was a unique story that captured my attention. The narration was good.

Any additional comments?

"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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A Different Noir

This very different murder mystery of serial killer that takes place in Thailand. It held my interest with the narration and the character of Joe Dylan an American detective and addict. It has suspense, violence with gore and corruption in “Fun City”. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you.

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One Second You're Making Cheese Cake, the Next...

What made the experience of listening to The White Flamingo the most enjoyable?

Dark, Violent Noir! I enjoy Dark. I enjoy Noir. I can live with Violent.

"...the Next, You're Dead".

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe Dylan. He's the main character, so the action is seen through his eyes.

What does Nicholas Patrella bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I've listened to a handful of Nicholas' other audio book projects and have always enjoyed them. A good range of voices, a clear, understandable voice. A good sense of timing and pace.

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

It's around Five Hours, I had to take a break or two. But I wouldn't have minded listening in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Fair Warning!! GRAPHIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUALITY. If those bother you, you may want to pass.

Thank you for the opportunity to review it!

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost. I am happy to give my honest review of it.

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There's definitely something to be said...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Certainly was. Despite the story not being my cup of tea and very difficult to follow with its jumpy storytelling at times, there was nothing particularly undesirable with this book. I knew what I was getting into when I decided to listen to this. Anyway, should definitely be noted that Nicholas has a flair for creating a dark mood from start to finish. He's the reason I made my way through to the end.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Lukewarm. I unfortunately couldn't get attached to any of the characters, but the ending itself was creative and left me smirking.

Which character – as performed by Nicholas Patrella – was your favorite?

Would have to say the lead, Joe. He was the most consistent throughout and easy enough to follow.

Did The White Flamingo inspire you to do anything?

No, which is a shame.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy dark, old-style detective stories with compelling, gruesome situations, this would be what I'd recommend. And if Nicholas is the narrator for it, you should feel that much more compelled to do so.

This book was gifted to me as a free sample by the author or narrator.

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This book was not for me

Would you try another book from James A. Newman and/or Nicholas Patrella?

I would only listen to another of James A Newman's books only if it wasn't of a sexual nature. I do not like reading books that contain sexual content as in this book. Even when I'm reading a book with light sex scenes, I skip over those parts.

Has The White Flamingo turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, because each author brings their own content to the table.

Which scene was your favorite?

I did not complete listenining to this book due to the content.

What character would you cut from The White Flamingo?

N/A

Any additional comments?

I would definately listen to books narrated by Nicholas Patrella. He has the type of voice that relaxes and draws you into the story.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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A Soild Pulp Noir tale!

A solid Pulp Noir tale of murder and corruption in Fun City.

A brutal murder. Local cops are dirty and the son of a famous 70’s pin up girl known as The White Flamingo looks good for the crime. American Detective and smack fan, Joe Dylan is hired to wade through the seedy underbelly of Thailand to catch the real killer and set her son free.

Nicholas Patrella nailed the narration for this gritty and sometimes brutal crime noir and didn’t miss a beat throughout. I think his narration and pacing really added to the tale and I will be looking out for more stuff from both the author and narrator of this one. 4 Stars and Highly Recommended.

A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. This is it.

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Characters with flaws

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

In all honesty, I can't. This book wasn't bad, but wasn't mind blowing either. It was an average story with graphic gore and sexual content thrown in for kicks. For me to recommend a book to a friend, it needs to be extra ordinary, which this book wasn't.

Would you ever listen to anything by James A. Newman again?

I have listened to two book by James A. Newman, both from this same series. Sadly both of them were average. In this book 3 of the series, the characters are somewhat better than book 2, but all of them seemed underdeveloped. All characters are complex and are dealing with their unique issues in the story. But after initial introduction to those, those elements of their character building isn't explored further.

I will try his book from any other series or any standalone book maybe, to see whether the writing style changes or there's better intriguing plot.

Could you see The White Flamingo being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not really, no.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-12-16

"Sounds like you lived in the gutter Mr.Dylan."

What did you like most about The White Flamingo?

This is not a book for the squeamish with it's somewhat graphic descriptions of eviscerated bodies, drink and drug abuse and sex. It depicts the sordid side of Fun City, chosen home of ex pats from various countries, of prostitutes and the disillusioned, and corrupt officials. I wouldn't want to live there but it certainly makes for some gloriously quirky characters.

A viscous murder has taken place, a call girl dismembered and brutalized. A young suspect is arrested, held awaiting trial - which could be two years in the future. His mother, rich and once a photographic model known as the White Flamingo, is desperate to have him released and persuades the drug addicted, one time alcoholic Dylan to find the real culprit, the only way that the police will let the son go.

As well as being filled with fully rounded, if flawed, protagonists each pursuing their own agendas, this book is descriptively visual with rooms and scenes springing into focus with the use of the minimum of words. It gets inside the characters' heads, their emotions and sorrows past and present, as initially the storyline takes us from person to person.Good dialogue, too, as the action progresses and we mostly follow the detective hired to find the killer as he struggles with his personal demons whilst trying to track down the city's own Jack the Ripper.

Although the author tells small parts of the story from the killer's perspective, this is a proper mystery story, the identity unknown until the end. And with a whole cast of characters to chose from it makes an exciting tale. The narrator, Nicholas Patrella, is masterful in his giving voice individually to so many, bringing them to life and imbuing each with greater personality even than that which has already been written. Different accents needed, too and all good, with the possible exception of the London cockney, but even here the man is invested with such distinction it really doesn't matter. Patrella's whole reading of the text and dialogue is perfectly suited to the pace and style of this dark story, and a joy to hear.

My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me The White Flamingo, via Audiobook Boom. It was a thoroughly enjoyable listen and one I would definitely recommend to a!l (with occasional reservations) who enjoy good snappy writing, great characters and mysteries in a detective noire setting. I had not previously encountered any of James Newman's books but will certainly be looking out for them in the future.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 11-11-15

Murder and corruption in fun city

What made the experience of listening to The White Flamingo the most enjoyable?

Gritty and violent with a description and view of Thailand that made the book come alive. It's not somewhere I've visited so it was captivating. All tied up with the excitement of corrupt police and a murder to solve.

What did you like best about this story?

This was a brilliant who dunnit. Thrillers sometimes don't get that any more and they are too action focussed. This was violent and real and a gritty book but also a proper murder mystery.

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Patrella’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've not listened to other performances of the narrator. Great narration though. Brilliant pace, good voice for the book and nice to listen too.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Everything has a price and nothing and no-one are what they seem

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com