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Corrupt senior officers, a murder, a rape, and a flasher. Can DI Terry McGuire's day get any worse? McGuire became a police officer to uphold the law and to protect those who cannot protect themselves. When he discovers a connection between a former friend and colleague, and a body buried on a beach that appears to have been frozen for five years, McGuire knows there is only one course of action he can take.

With a murder, a rape, and a flasher adding to McGuire's headache, is there a connection between his colleagues and the awful events unfolding? Can McGuire stand up for what he believes and bring the perpetrators to justice, whoever they may be?

Authors Arthur Cole and Nigel Williams have nearly 50 years of policing experience between them.

©2016 Arthur Cole & Nigel Williams (P)2017 Arthur Cole & Nigel Williams

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British Cops + Jack Urry = Always Excellent

'Unethical Conduct' was a great listen, but I AM a sucker for British cop stories told by Jake Urry (I could listen to him talk about 'coppers' all day!). This story was quite a doozy, though. It's always especially horrifying to hear about corruption in a police force and this one was particularly brutal. The former cop that DI Terry McGuire is investigating is accused of crimes of the thievery variety all the way up to violent, brutal rape and murder. The characters in this tale are interesting and fleshed out; I intend to continue on with the series! As I mentioned, Jake Urry always gives a wonderful performance. I would recommend this book to any friends who enjoy a good thriller!

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What happens when other police have done wrong?

As the title suggests, this story sends Inspector Terry McGuire from Wales to Ireland and back when he discovers a decade-old cover-up by his fellow police officers. Three different cases (murder, the discovery of a body, and a flasher) arise and intersect throughout the story.

The chapters alternate between McGuire 1st person and 3rd person. (I think this works well because understanding Terry's thought process adds depth and dimension to the story.) While McGuire is an experienced Inspector, he is not your stereotypical "hard-boiled" detective. He relates well to his colleagues - especially the younger ones and respects his wife. He has a clear moral compass that is shown as he wants the bad guys to come to justice while being compassionate with the victims/survivors. I love the humor and lighter touches the authors sprinkled throughout the story.

The narration is excellent! The narrator captures the spirit and tone of a police investigator working through the challenges of a case. He also handles a variety of accents with alacrity.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



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  • CLINTON, MS, United States
  • 12-12-17

Not surprised it's a 1st novel

In the closing, it's revealed that this is Mr. Cole's 1st novel and Mr. Williams' 2nd writing collaboration. I'm not surprised; it appeared to be written by a novice. The narrator helped elevate it a little, but only so much could be done to help.
This 2-prong mystery was set in Wales. It contained a lot of British-isms like "a pair of scrotes" & a person who was "tattooed asshole to breakfast." I didn't know meanings of some of them, but, w/ context clues, I generally knew if it meant something good or bad. Usually that was enough. There was a liberal use of "f..k", if that bothers you. The characters (almost all males except for 3-4 females with small parts) were a bit cliché. These 2 ex-police-officers-turned-novelists had the requisite good officers vs bad officers. The "good guys" were D.I. Terry McGuire (aka Terr), D.C. John Fuller, and one guy called Die; the "bad guys" were cops, D.I. Colter & Morse and non-cops, Victor (aka Vic) & Samuel. Again most of the story was comprised of male characters, and, unfortunately, all of the narrator's male characters sounded the same. So he was little help to this story full of dull, simplistic writing about a story that's been done, redone and undone. Finally, based on the sample, I hoped the story was witty. The sample was really the only witty part. I was fooled.

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Great!

This was a really good start to a series. I was hooked on this story from beginning to end and I can't wait to see what's going to happen in book 2. Well written with interesting characters and corrupt coppers - what more could you ask for!?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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Enlightening and disturbing...

It's disturbing to think that police officers would act like some of the ones in this book and yet the rest help to restore my faith in the profession. I think it's all the more disturbing because the authors worked as police so if anyone would know...

The characters are well crafted and come across as believable and either likable for the good police or reprehensible for the bad ones. The story is interesting and shows some of the investigative process, there's a fair bit of information in here and there's lots doing on, from twists in the main plot to lighthearted sidelines.

The narration was well done, the character voices were well done and the overall delivery is smooth, natural and well paced. There were a coupe of minor errors that weren't edited out, but this didn't have much effect of my enjoyment.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Good series starter

This is a good police procedural that held my attention from beginning to end. The narration was very well done. I️ will definitely pick up the next in the series. I️ received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Start of British Cop Series

This I the first book I have listened to by author and hopefully not the last. This is about police officer Terry McGuire about how he solves 3 cases 1st corrupt senior police officer, 2nd is about a murder that was on ice 5-7yrs and then 3rd catches rapist and flasher takes place in Wales. You can tell by the story and good characters that author was a cop. The narration was deep and mysterious. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you!

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 07-26-17

Outstanding narration!

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I read this book on its release and enjoyed it, but hearing it has brought an entirely deeper appreciation of the writing. This book is far better as an audio book than it is in print. I found Terry's strength of character easier to understand when it felt as if he were talking to me. The book didn't feel as rushed as it had when reading and you could feel the evil arrogance of the corrupt police officers in the narrator's voice. Jake Urry has turned an enjoyable book into a masterpiece. Fabulous!

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  • Homeburd
  • 08-07-17

Good introduction to the series

Jake Urry has one of those voices that hold your attention to the point where I think he could read out his shopping list and I would find it interesting. The book did have more to offer than a list of provisions. I haven't read anything by either author before but there was a definite feel of authenticity to the police characters and their language and it's no surprise that both authors are former police officers. This was fairly short with the narration lasting under 4 hours. DI Terry McGuire was a great character and I will probably read more of the series. My usual problem here with swearing as while it felt totally in character I just don't like to hear it narrated.

My thanks to Jake Urry for this audible copy of Unethical Conduct

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  • DubaiReader
  • 07-30-17

Good book with excellent narration.

I don't suppose I'd have read this book if I'd come across it in a book shop, the cover is not at all inspiring, however, I listened to this as an audiobook via Audible and that was a totally different experience. Jake Urry was the narrator and I loved his sultry drawl, which perfectly matched the characters.

The two authors have served many years in the police force, so when they write a police procedural about internal police corruption, it adds another dimension to a hidden vice, that we prefer to believe does not exist.

There are three aspects to DI Terry McGuire's inquiries - firstly a corruption case brought by some proven criminals who claimed that some of their offences had been planted on them by the police. Secondly, a dead body that had been dumped after spending five years in a freezer. And thirdly, a flasher who was stalking women in the local park.

As the investigation proceeds and evidence gradually reveals itself, I became more involved with Terry McGuire's character, though I didn't manage to keep all the villains in place in my brain. No matter, it was an excellent listen and I shall be searching out more from the narrator.

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  • Caroline
  • 07-30-17

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A very good storyline...excellent narration by Jake Urry as always. His voice is almost mesmerising and keeps you listening

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  • TerryHeth
  • 07-30-17

Wow

The storyline is gritty and full of a different take on a cop story.
Finding out who is guilty of what and carrying it through. Good police work against dirty.
Jake Urry as always narrated and was excellent. Atmosphere flowed and kept me hooked.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-18-17

Sometimes the chase was the best part of the hunt.

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This audio version of Unethical Conduct brings a wonderful partnership of book and narrator. Jake Urry's reading captures the character, world weary determination and ethical outlook of DI Terry McGuire, the main protagonist, from who's point of view most of the story is told. Mr.Urry's other individual voicings throughout are also superb, with gentle Welsh or regional accents present and each distinctively different. And he is pace perfect, slow and careful but relentless, just like Terry as he faces having to secretly investigate the truth of allegations brought against another recently retired copper by two old lags, whilst still dealing with the discovery of an unidentified body and a flasher seen running, naked, between the holiday caravans in his area.

This book has such a feeling of authenticity that it came as no surprise to learn, at the end, that it is written by two retired police officers, one of whom, at least, would have known the area well whilst the other spent time in Special Branch. The story is full of character and carefully investigation, of greed driven arrogance on the part of some of the players and of frustration found in the difficulties placed in the bringing to justice of villains.

This is a superb read for all police procedural fans who want to know what it really feels like. It has humour and excellent characterisations, too, further given life by the narration. A definite recommendation.


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  • S. J. Lyons
  • 02-20-18

average

short compared to some. I was waiting for a twist or turn but it was a pretty straight forward detective story.

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  • Deedra
  • 02-17-18

Unethical

I enjoyed this story of good copper,bad copper!lol The fb references had me loling.Jake Urry is once again a terrific narrator.Now to get book 2!“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • Petra
  • 08-02-17

Straightforward police procedural

This is the first book about DI Terry McGuire who is an all-round nice chap and not at all like the majority of fictional, broken detectives. That was quite a pleasant change. Set in Wales, DI McGuire is tasked to investigate an allegation into corruption within his force. On top of that, a dead body is discovered on the beach and a flasher is exposing himself near the local caravan park.
So McGuire has a fair bit to deal with, but remains completely unflustered throughout.
Written by two former police officers, their experience shines through clearly in the depiction of the investigative procedures. The characters and the dialogue also seemed very authentic. At times, it actually felt as if I was listening to a memoir. My only minor criticism about the plot was that everything just slotted into place too easily. My second - again minor - niggle relates to the portrayal of female characters. They seemed to be typecast in the classic roles of supportive and nurturing. In future books, it would be nice to see a bit more suspense and perhaps the odd female character that doesn't fit that mould. However, as a first book and serving as an introduction to the series, it was pretty good.

The story is told from the first-person perspective of DI McGuire and Jake Urry's tone of voice fitted that character to a T. The narration definitely enhanced the story for me.

Overall, a short and very straightforward British police procedural, which kept me entertained and held my attention, but was rather undemanding.

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