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Constance Fairchild, Book 2
Narrated by: Rose Akroyd
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
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The new audiobook in the brilliant Constance Fairchild series, from one of Scotland's foremost crime writers. 

Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain's wealthiest men, DC Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas.... 

Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation...It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks. 

No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can't shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice. 

Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose....

©2019 James Oswald (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"'The new Ian Rankin." (Daily Record)

"Oswald's writing is a class above." (Express)

"Crime fiction's next big thing." (Sunday Telegraph)

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  • Simon
  • 07-27-19

Slightly Lackluster for an Oswald Book

I've loved most of James Oswald's books up until now, his development of mystery and atmosphere and his patient and gradual hinting at and coaching the supernatural into the Inspector McLean series was a joy to behold. The first book in this series was also very decent with a very different lead character coming through a quite harrowing story.

Somehow despite all of his undoubted skill this didn't quite hit the mark for me. Several reasons, even though it starts with a bit of a punch to the guts due to the sheer awfulness of the crime uncovered it never quite manages to build the same level of intrigue. The bad guys don't quite ooze that charisma and underlying threat and London as a setting is clearly not close to Oswald's heart like Edinburgh is. On top of that there is the narration. Rose Akroyd makes a great Constance Fairchild and is a decent narrator but this contained a lot of big characters with strong accents and she isn't so strong there. It's being tough on her because some of the characters she is voicing have been done by Ian Hanmore who clearly has several advantages over her. Now, to be fair he couldn't do Fairchild as Ackroyd does her but outside of a few characters she struggled to give the characters impact.

So, it's not a bad story by any means, though things seemed to just happen to Fairchild through coincidence rather than design, and I probably will carry on with this series, it is worth it, it's just not that close to Oswald's best.

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  • Jo
  • 07-30-19

Slightly disappointed

Enjoyed the first book in this new series more. Although it was great to have characters from the Inspector McClean books included, the different narrator made them less interesting and just seem ‘wrong’! I really think these books need a different narrator as there is no excitement and I was almost relieved when it finished as I just wasn’t drawn in enough and frankly didn’t care what happened!
Please just stick to the original and the best!

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  • Ian and Gill Parsonage
  • 08-14-19

James Oswald at his best

Lived it, especially liked the crossovers with his other series.
The narration is excellent.
Highly recommended.

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  • Wras
  • 08-09-19

Writing propaganda by woke committee.

Propaganda writing is not entertaining to the reader, even when presented as a thriller, the characters have to fit the new woke patterns of a world that does not exist and has never existed the main character is a woman but her relations with men is obscure and mostly horrible, she is upper class and rich but she hates it and has joined the proletariat to show her family she is better, we have the obligatory transgender character, that is also asexual (to complicated to explain sexual tates, suffice to add one of the required quotas and the writing will be fine; after all it is just propaganda) when a religious ritual of blood and torture is performed by a person or group of different culture it must be explained that they are not practicing their religion in the right way this covers all possible complications of being culturally insensitive or worst.
Our society is described as the worst possible, and all ranting is against every problem as produced by the MAN; no one has to take responsibility for anything they are all poor oppressed souls. nevermind any reality or the facts, propaganda is just that, tell it as you want them to see it.
Last review of books by James Oswald he should read The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn that would give him some perspective on his socialist paradise.

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