Slipping into Darkness

Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (94 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Twenty years ago Detective Francis X. Loughlin solved his first huge case. He pushed a 17-year-old boy to the breaking point and sent him up for murder. But now there’s been another death, another pretty, young doctor viciously killed in her pristine Manhattan apartment - and a startling link to that long-ago conviction. 

All fingers point to the convict Julian Vega, no longer so young, out of jail on a technicality, and no longer the eager-to-please youth Loughlin first met in the interrogation room. But this is no open-and-shut case. When Loughlin arranges for a DNA test, the results blow up in his face. Soon there are bulldozers in the graveyard, exhuming 20-year-old remains and renewing a family’s deep-seated mourning. Because there’s one thing in this case that Loughlin’s now sure of - the blood under the latest victim’s fingernails definitely doesn’t belong to Julian Vega. It doesn’t even belong to a man. It belongs to Allison Wallis, the woman murdered 20 years before. 

Two men circle each other from opposite sides of the law. Both have something to prove, both are only too aware of their own limitations. Once again, Peter Blauner plunges his listeners into the murky territory where right bleeds into wrong, and truth finds the most unexpected hiding place. Keenly observant, carefully crafted, and shatteringly suspenseful, this is a spellbinding new work from the best-selling author of The Intruder

©2006 Peter Blauner (P)2006 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Sharp characterization and surefooted plotting." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is an excellent mystery novel, written with a certain literary flair that elevates it above the usual cop-versus-ex-con yarn." (Booklist)

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More than a formulaic story

This book is much more satisfying than your typical detective/mystery story. While all the elements of suspense are there, the 2 main characters are deep and thoughtfully drawn, and make the story enjoyable. There are some slow points, but overall it is an excellent book with good, clear narration.

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Entertaining

This is definitely a great who done it. The characters are interesting with all their imperfections. A great plot with some good twists, and a satisfying ending. I'd recommend this for some entertaining listening.

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Amazing

Finished in 2 days! Definitely a page Turner! The plot twist....wow! Highly recommended for those who love a *who done it.

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Great story, but . . .

This was a wonderful story, with real characters that tugged at my heart. I needed to constantly overlook the fact that the writing seems unnecessarily overdone -- the only reason it didn't get five stars from me.